Chris Patterson, a nurse in the Internal Medicine Center, is celebrating 48 years of service. She is committed every day to her life’s work and “calling” of being a nurse. “When I lay my head down to sleep at night, I want to know that what I did that day helped someone who needed me.”
Chris started her career as a certified nurse aide of behavioral care patients before coming to Richland Memorial Hospital, now Prisma Health Richland Hospital, in 1972, as a licensed practical nurse. She went back to USC to become an RN in 1977.
She spent 30 years helping patients after surgical procedures in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) before coming to internal medicine. Her role has taken a few turns but now she is a telephone triage nurse directing patient’s care.
“Every day is different. We don’t have any idea what our patients may need help with that day. It can be anything from helping with prescription refills to recommending an immediate visit to the Emergency Department.”
Chris, a Christian, is active in her church and its missionary society, she smiled and said, “I tell the others in the group that I do my missionary work every day.” She is proud to serve.
Chris also is proud of her family life including her 44-year marriage to Straywell Patterson, their three children, four grandchildren, and three great grands.
As an Eau Claire community native, Chris has given a lifetime of service to her community. She has been in her professional nursing sorority, Chi Eta Phi for 34 years. She was recently awarded a 50-year nursing pioneer award.
Chris is humbled that she has been able to help so many. “I like what I do and strive to help each person while treating them as I would want to be treated.”
Prisma Health salutes Chris for her service to our patients and community.