May 20, 2011

Congratulations to Irene Fitzgerald, RN, BSN, Crain’s Cleveland Business 2011 Hero Award Recipient

Irene Fitzgerald, RN, BSN, is the recipient of a Crain’s Cleveland Business 2011 Hero Award for her work in nursing. Nominated by her peers and selected by an independent panel of judges, she received her award during a luncheon this month.

Fitzgerald is clinical manager at Holy Family Hospice, which is a member of Catholic Community Connection.

Her nursing career has captured the full spectrum of life – starting out as a labor and delivery nurse caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies and now caring for patients facing end-of-life.

Hired by Holy Family Hospice in 2005 to help expand hospice services in Northeast Ohio, Fitzgerald is an example of going above and beyond in everything she does.

In addition to her 10-12 hour work days and dedicated weekends, Fitzgerald is an active church member, serves meals to the homeless at a local hunger center and participates in a bible study group. This year she also traveled to a remote village in Honduras with a mission group as part of the medical team and to help construct a church.

Read more about Fitzgerald in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Catholic Community Connection is a ministry of Sisters of Charity Health System and Catholic senior living, education and charities.

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