St. Fabiola - painting/copy
One such nurse (and physician), Fabiola, established a hospital in Rome for the poor around the year 400. It was the first Christian public hospital in western Europe. Saint Jerome (church father, theologian and historian) wrote that Fabiola “assembled all the sick from the streets and highways" and "personally tended the unhappy and impoverished victims of hunger and disease... washed the pus from sores that others could not even behold."
Fabiola had been born into a patrician Roman family of noble rank and wealth, but life didn’t go well for her in early adulthood. After divorcing her first husband (accordingly, a “vicious life”) and marrying a second time, she lost favor with the church.
Upon the death of both husbands, however, she did penance and was granted full communion and reentry into the church by the pope. She then spent time in a convent with nuns and devoted the rest of her life serving the poor and suffering, and helping the church financially. It’s not clear when she was made a Catholic saint by the church. She died around 399 AD.
https://www.kateriirondequoit.org/resources/saints-alive/fabiola-fursey/st-fabiola-benefactress/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Fabiola; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_health_care