Patricia (Patti) Patterson-King came to Payson Regional Medical Center right out of a whirlwind in June.
The new director of marketing and business development for the hospital started her job on June 17 — right after getting married June 4, returning from her honeymoon June 13 and having the movers arrive June 17.
“Who knew how much change you could fit into one month,” she said.
A bit of that whirlwind is still swirling around her as she learns she has another title. “It takes a bit to realize exactly what the job involves,” she said adding it has many arms.
Her co-workers are making it easy with their tremendous support, she said.“I love the people I work with here.”
Patterson-King came to Payson from Tempe where she worked for the pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories as assistant marketing manager for its retail products.
When she was downsized out of her job, she considered it an opportunity and started looking for the right job. After interviewing for the Payson position she decided it was the perfect job and the community was a better fit for the Maine native.
“I told my (now) husband, Spencer, ‘It just feels right and I think I can do good things and make a good fit.’ I knew if I didn’t get it, I’d be very sad,” she said.
Not only did Patterson-King get the PRMC job, her husband was hired as the assistant manager at Kohl’s Ranch.
Last weekend, she accompanied PRMC’s Senior Circle adviser Jan Parsons to the Pine Health Fair presented by Dr. Lisa York. She said she is looking forward to the work they will be doing at the rodeo later this month with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign and she is starting to get involved in preparing for the Mogollon Health Alliance Community Health and Care Fair in November.
“I am focusing on getting my arms around what is already being done, like preparing for the reboot of the hospital’s Healthy Woman program and working with the four new doctors we have coming on board,” Patterson-King said.
New to the Rim Country medical community: Dr. Patrick Harrison, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Kevin Raymer, family medicine; Dr. Toby Paulson, cardiologist; and Dr. Katherine Raymer (wife of Kevin), general surgeon.