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Former hospital president Patty White inspires nurse education

Former hosptial president Patty White served as a leader in the Dignity Health Arizona Service Area for more than 30 years. She started as a trained cardiovascular nurse at the bedside of patients before advancing to management positions as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President of Operations at St. Joseph’s. In 2009, she became president of Chandler Regional Medical Center, where she served for three years before being named president of St. Joseph’s.

Servant leader dedicated to improving the patient experience

Patty was known as a servant leader, having dedicated her career to improving the patient experience, working side-by-side with the Sisters of Mercy on their healing ministry. She led a team of 5,000 medical professionals, support staff and volunteers dedicated to providing excellent patient care and improving the quality of lives in our community.

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1 million nurses will be needed in the workforce

The American Nursing Association estimates that more than 1 million nurses will be needed in the workforce in 2022 to address the healthcare needs of our aging population--in addition to the nurses already in the field. At the same time, the nursing profession continues to face shortages due to the lack of affordable education, high turnover rates, nursing burnout and inequitable distribution in the workforce. 

Your support of the Patty White Nursing Education Fund can help shift the imbalance of the nursing care in our workforce.

  • Provide financial assistance for student-nurses seeking to continue their education, improve their understanding of bedside care and better their performance in the workplace.
  • Make the difference between someone’s desire to be a good nurse and an excellent nurse, armed with education and certifications for advancement at St. Joseph’s. Nurses currently employed at our highly rated quality care hospital are seeking to enhance their skills and advance from a LPN to RN degree, or from RN to nurse practitioner.
  • Ensures the education received by nurses at St. Joseph's today prepares them to be the medical leaders of tomorrow. 

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