Conn. July 1, 2015) –Torrington
resident Rebecca Santiago, B.S.N., R.N.,
N&PN, FCN, Community Healthcare Navigator and OASIS Facilitator at Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been named a Healthcare Hero by the
Connecticut Hospital Association.
mornings will find Santiago at a church, mosque, barber shop, or beauty salon,
reaching out to people who need medical care but don’t know how to access it,
or teaching them how to stay healthy.
She performs prostate cancer screenings for low-income or uninsured
people. If the tests find problems, she
helps them find a doctor, obtain medical insurance, and identify help with
co-pays – all the while caring for her patients in mind, body, and spirit.
as the Hartford chapter president of the National Association of Hispanic
Nurses, a board member of the Greater Hartford YWCA, a Senior Fellow at the
Connecticut Health Foundation, and a member of the Diversity Committee for the
Connecticut Nurses Association – Action Coalition.
speaks both Spanish and English, and teaches a diabetes education class to Spanish-speaking
people at the House of Restoration Church in Hartford. In addition, she is among a handful of
professionals in the state educating people about accessing health insurance. She completed a parish nursing program to
become certified as a faith community nurse and is currently studying to become
a certified diabetes educator.
commitment to helping those in need, the CHA named Santiago a 2015 Healthcare
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services,
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five
major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout
the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.