Rebecca Santiago, R.N., of Torrington Honored as a Healthcare Hero

(Hartford, 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. 

Sunday 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. 

Santiago serves 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. 

Santiago 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. 

For her commitment to helping those in need, the CHA named Santiago a 2015 Healthcare Hero. 


About Saint Francis Care 

Saint 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