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St. Francis Foundation President Retires

Medical Center Gives Warm Send-Off
It was the phrase that Father Carmen Carlone says was often uttered between staff whenever there was a financial need at St. Francis Medical Center—whether to help a patient or to carry out an initiative aimed at assisting the community.

“Go see Norma.”

“It is not easy to run a hospital in today’s healthcare environment,” said Fr. Carmen. “The Gospel tells us that you do what you need to do, and you trust in the Lord. We hold onto our core values and our ministry for all who entrust their care to us. When we must find the money somewhere, Norma always helped us find it.”

Norma Monaghan, senior vice president of Development at St. Francis Medical Center, and President of St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, recently retired after 16 years of service.

At the core of Monaghan’s position was raising funds for the hospital, its mission and ministry.

Fr. Carmen presided over a mass offered in Monaghan’s honor. Following mass, St. Francis staff, clergy and leadership helped celebrate her service with a luncheon.

“Life’s a journey, and as I start this new chapter of my life, I think about how grateful I am to have worked at St. Francis,” said Monaghan. “The financial help provided to our patients and programs could not have been possible without the generosity of donors and all the kind people who volunteer their time.”

Fr. Carmen recalled how a patient who came to St. Francis was homeless. “The patient had no clothes, no food or place to live. We believe in the dignity of every person. Norma helped us get this person the core necessities and connect him with additional resources. People depended on Norma. It’s bittersweet seeing her go. We are grateful and ask that the Lord to bless her and her family.”

“My coworkers, our Auxiliary, volunteers, and the clergy have taught me so much,” said Monaghan. “It’s a blessing and great gift to be at St. Francis, and it will always be a part of my life.”

Monaghan plans on spending more time with her husband Joe; and her children, Joe and Claire, Kelly and Dan, Shannon and Jay, and Kathleen; and her eight grandchildren.
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