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April 2009

Pat Knox

Pat Knox, NP, began her nursing career at SUNY Upstate Medical University approximately 35 years ago when she joined Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In her current role as Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care, Pat coordinates the Palliative Care Program, which was established 8 years ago at University Hospital and provides end-of-life care and support to our patients and their families. Palliative Care is a service that can be requested by anyone, but in most cases consultations are referred by physicians. Along with coordinating consultation services and visiting patients and families in need of her services and support, Pat is responsible for writing grants related to Palliative Care, establishing educational programs, overseeing the End-of-Life Companion volunteer program that she helped establish in 2006, as well as teaching at the College of Nursing and Bioethics to medical residents and fellows. When asked what she enjoys most about her position, Pat responded “ interaction with patients and their families is what’s most important. I am given the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful people and being able to make their care better is most fulfilling to me.” Pat went into nursing because she wants to care for people, but she also enjoys the teaching component of her position and considers it an added plus.
Outside of work Pat enjoys antiquing and refinishing and reupholstering furniture. She also enjoys gardening and traveling very much. She visits Maine every year and says she would enjoy taking an Alaskan cruise.  When asked what Pat wants people to know about her, she replied, “I’m very proud to be a nurse at University Hospital. I work with some of the best nurses and I am very proud of it.” She is also very appreciative of all the efforts of those who helped support and establish University Hospital’s Palliative Care Program.

Pat, we thank you for your commitment to providing our patients and their families with the best of care and support during difficult times and for your dedication to the Palliative Care Program and Upstate.