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Medina Resident Recognized for Nursing Excellence

Caroline Fienga
Media Specialist
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Middleburg Heights, OH (Wednesday, June 24, 2015– Cathy Swinko, RN, BSN, Critical Care Services, Southwest General, recently received a 2015 Faces of Care Award. Sponsored by Cleveland Magazine and The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, the annual Faces of Care Gala honors area nurses that are making a difference in Northeast Ohio.  

Nominated by her coworkers, Cathy has been praised for her outstanding clinical skills and dedication to her patients. A patient said about Cathy, “All I remember was the nurse telling me I would be all right, and then I was taken into emergency surgery. When I woke up after, she was holding my hand.”

Cathy has worked in Critical Care Services for more than 39 years—with more than 33 years of service at Southwest General. She has demonstrated her passion for nursing and patient care while working in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units, as an open-heart nurse clinician and educator, and while serving on Southwest General’s Patient and Family Advocacy Council. However, her dedication and compassion are not just limited to her patients. Cathy serves as a mentor to new staff and nursing students at Southwest General and provides support to other nursing colleagues as well.

“Cathy was my rock,” notes a coworker of Cathy’s help during her fight with breast cancer. “She helped me after surgery, and she took me to my appointments. But most of all, she gave me support, hope and prayers.”

Cathy grew up in North Royalton and graduated from Fairview General Hospital of Nursing in 1975. She earned her BSN from Graceland University a few years later. Cathy now resides in Litchfield, OH, and enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and their spouses, and her three grandchildren. Also, she enjoys the summer months—when they can boat on Lake Erie.

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For news highlights, events and additional information, visit or