Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Cardiology Tech Students Win National Awards

(Hartford, Conn. November 17, 2015) - 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 Scholarship.   

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.  

About Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center  

Saint 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.