Pat Patterson, MHS, ACNP-BC, AACC
Pat Patterson, MHS, ACNP-BC, AACC, moved to Wichita from Massachusetts in 1985. Her nursing experience began in St. Louis, where she received a Diploma in Nursing from Jewish Hospital/Barnes School of Nursing. After moving to Wichita she graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Her plan was to move back to Massachusetts, but the opportunity arose to assist in opening the first Electrophysiology Lab in Kansas, working closely with Galichia Medical Group physician Dr. J.E. Val-Mejias. After a five year relationship with Galichia Medical as a hospital employee, Pat officially joined the Galichia Medical Group in 1988, assisting in the care of patients with electrical disturbances of the heart.
During this time, Dr. Galichia was then pioneering many new drugs, cardiac and vascular devices, made available to patients through medical research trials. For the next 10 years, Pat worked as a Clinical Research Nurse and Clinical Director for the Wichita Institute for Clinical Research, which later became the Galichia Research Institute.
Further education and professional opportunities were made possible which afforded Pat the opportunity to seek further education, graduating with a Masters in Health Administration and a second master’s degree, allowing practice as a Acute and Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, both from Wichita State University. Over the following 17 years, she was able to gain clinical experience in the areas of Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Electrophysiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, working with Galichia physicians specializing in those areas.
Pat has also earned the Associate of the American College of Cardiology designation (AACC) which recognizes those nurse practitioners who, through advanced education, training and professional development, have dedicated themselves to providing the highest- level of cardiovascular care.
She has gained specific experience Heart Failure Management, providing care as a nurse practitioner in a regional heart transplantation center. This care extended to heart failure patients prior to transplantation, intraoperative assistance in transplantation and ventricular assist device surgeries and postoperative critical care. She has a special interest in the care of patients with congestive heart failure and is certified both as an Acute/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Transplant Coordinator.
In 2006, Pat’s journey led her back “home” to Galichia Medical Group. Pat currently is working as a hospital based acute care/critical care nurse practitioner in the clinical areas of cardiology, pulmonology and emergency medicine.