35 Years: Patricia Ellisor

Honoree Patricia Ellisor
Patricia Ellisor

If Patricia Ellisor has her way, she’ll be known as the employee who never retired.

“I want to keep working until I pass out,” she said. “I believe you might as well do something of value with your time instead of just wasting it.”

With 35 years of working for the University of Texas System, she’s certainly on her way to achieving that goal.

Ms. Ellisor spent the first 10 years of her career at UT Medical Branch at Galveston in Employee/Student Health Services. For the past 25 years, she has been in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Quick to take on any challenge, in her current job she does everything from typing manuscripts to answering the phones.

“I was hired to do a job, and I have always tried to do it to the best of my abilities,” she said. “I don’t say, ‘I can’t.’ I say, ‘If I don’t know, I’ll find out.’ ”

Over the years, she has had many rewarding work experiences and has enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things. Topping her list of wonderful employee memories was the 2006 Employee Recognition Program that included a presentation by Dr. Mary Ellen Weber, a former NASA astronaut.

With her drive to continue working, it’s no surprise that Ms. Ellisor has a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy.

Away from the job, Ms. Ellisor enjoys spending time with her family, including her five grandchildren and two grown sons, Jesse III and Julian.

On a sunny day, her favorite thing to do is mow her lawn or clean out the flower beds.

“It’s not work to me,” she said. “It’s therapy.”

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.