CLEVELAND (WOIO) - Three Cleveland-area health care workers will be going to this year’s Super Bowl as special guests of the Browns.
Dr. Rana Hejal, Rolando Mirandilla and Catherina Wilson are the lucky University Hospitals (UH) employees chosen to attend Super Bowl LV in Tampa Sunday.
The UH workers are part of the 7,500 health care workers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus who the NFL is inviting to attend the Super Bowl at no cost.
They’ll receive free tickets to the game, as well as complimentary airfare and hotel accommodations.
Hejal, Medical Director of UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Medical ICU, has worked at UH for 23 years.
She said she’s excited to head down to Raymond James Stadium after a difficult year at work.
“The best team is the team we work with at UH,” Hejal said. “The amount of camaraderie we have seen across UH departments and locations is phenomenal. We get burned out, but we lift each other up.”
Mirandilla is a registered nurse at Parma Medical Center who said the Super Bowl will be the first professional football game he watches in-person.
Wilson is an emergency room assistant nurse manager at UH Cleveland Medical Center in Wilson. She’s worked at UH for 14 years and said she wishes her entire team could join her at the Super Bowl.
University Hospitals is the Brown’s official health care partner.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of the NFL and Cleveland Browns in honoring our dedicated, resilient and compassionate caregivers who have sacrificed so much during this long and challenging pandemic,” Dr. Daniel Simon, UH Chief Clinical & Scientific Officer and President of UH Cleveland Medical Center, said in a press release.
In addition to the 7,500 health care workers selected by the NFL, 14,500 other fans will attend the Super Bowl, where face masks and social distancing are required for everyone in the stands.