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Growing with Catholic Health

Cecilia Hill

If there’s a single word that epitomizes Cecilia Hill’s 47-year career at Catholic Health’s St. Charles Hospital it would be “opportunity.”

Since joining the Port Jefferson-based hospital in 1975, Hill said she is fortunate to have had been able to grow personally and professionally.

As director of Infection Prevention and Control at St. Charles Hospital, Hill is a strong advocate for our patients.  “They are the reason we are here,” she said, “and we owe it to them to provide the best care possible.”

Starting out as a nurse in the ICU, Hill’s motto is that “every step you take can make a difference in your life.” Back when she worked at a large medical center in New York City, she was initially unsure how things would work out at St. Charles. However, every step forward became a learning experience and a chance to develop.

“When I was asked to take on the role of director of Infection Prevention and Control, 17 years back, I could never have imagined it,” she recalled. “I was unsure, but looking back, I’m so happy I took the job. I really love what I do. Infection prevention is an area of health care that is constantly changing and continues to challenge us every day.”

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is proof positive of Hill’s take on infection prevention. “It’s been life changing, but we’ve all stepped up to help those fighting the virus. The staff across Catholic Health is amazing. We work together and are truly supportive of each other. That makes all the difference.”

Now in her 47th year at St. Charles Hospital, Hill is above all grateful. “It’s been a huge part of my life. It’s been an incredible experience and it continues to be each day.”

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