(Hartford, Conn. November
- Two students in
cardiology technology training programs at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center have been recognized with national awards.
Natanael Flecha, RCIS, of
Southbridge, Massachusetts and Meghan Wilson, RCS, of Torrington, Connecticut, both 2015 graduates of The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of
Connecticut School of Cardiovascular Technology at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center are two of four
students in the country to receive the inaugural national CCI Aaron S. White Examination
The spirit of the scholarship
is to recognize outstanding students enrolled in cardiovascular technology
programs by waving their exam fees for their national credentialing exam. This new award is open to all students enrolled in an
accredited program. Flecha was chosen as the top student in the Invasive Cardiovascular
Technology category and Wilson was chosen as the top student in the Cardiac Sonography category.
“These awards reflect the entire team at The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute who have supported our programs and have
been dedicated to the students’ success,” said Richie Palma, BS, ACS, RDCS,
FASE, Director of The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute
of Connecticut School of Cardiovascular Technology.
Flecha is currently employed at Bay State Medical
Center in Massachusetts and Wilson at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New
Hampshire. The Hoffman Heart and Vascular
Institute of Connecticut, School of
Cardiovascular Technology offers a variety of educational programs
including adult and pediatric cardiac ultrasound and invasive cardiovascular technology.
In addition, a first-of-its-kind in the New England, Electrophysiology
Technology program is scheduled to launch in early 2016.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been 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. Saint
Francis and its other major entities - Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the
Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular
Institute of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at Saint
Francis, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple
Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners – joined Trinity Health in
2015. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis
Partner. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.