40 Years: Patricia Kaiser

Registered nurse Patricia Kaiser
Patricia Kaiser, R.N.

Editor's Note: We are saddened to report that Ms. Kaiser passed away on Tuesday, May 14. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.  

When patients become candidates for a heart or lung transplant, Patricia Kaiser is among the first members of an experienced transplant team who help answer the swirl of questions that arise.

Ms. Kaiser has been assisting transplant patients since the heart program was launched by UT Southwestern Medical Center at St. Paul Hospital in 1988.

“At the time, I was head nurse on 6 North and was excited to see us entering this new field of medicine,” she recalled. “You’re giving these patients a new life with a new heart or lung, and they’re so appreciative with their second chance to live.”

Ms. Kaiser, a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Specialist, and Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator, was named one of the inaugural “DFW Great 100 Nurses” in 1991. As a clinical nurse specialist in the Heart and Lung Transplant programs, she educates patients about what to expect before and after surgery. She also helps coordinate care for transplant patients.

She joined St. Paul Hospital right out of college – and has worked there ever since.

“The staff, the patients, and the good Lord have kept me here,” she said. “For over 40 years, I’ve been blessed with good health and a series of rewarding positions that have enabled me to interact with thousands of patients and staff members.”

In 1972, Ms. Kaiser began working as a medical-surgical nurse at St. Paul Hospital, later earning a master’s degree in nursing from UT Arlington, with studies focused on cardiology. When UT Southwestern took over the hospital, which was renamed St. Paul University Hospital, Ms. Kaiser was part of that transition.

Co-workers describe her as caring, giving, and compassionate to patients, and always willing to help when asked.

Outside of work, Ms. Kaiser savors traveling. Her trips have been extensive, including journeys last year to Colorado and San Diego. She particularly enjoys sightseeing in Europe. “Italy is probably my favorite destination,” she said. On future excursions, she hopes to take trips to Russia, the Great Wall of China, and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan site in Peru. 

Employee Recognition 2013

Long-term employees play an invaluable role in the life of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Their faithful, dedicated service has helped the institution become what it is today. In this special edition of Center Times, we showcase some of these employees and their varied interests.