About Us

Pat Patton, MSN, RN is currently the Chief Nurse Executive, Chief Nursing Officer for Adult Services as well as the Vice President for Patient Care Services at UCSF Health. 

Most recently Pat was the Chief Nursing Officer at University of California Irvine Health. Prior to this Pat was at Catholic Health Initiatives for 16 years. During those 16 years Pat held many positions both in the local market as well as at the national level. At CHI Pat was the System VP of Nursing Operations at CHI where he was responsible for Operations, Leadership Development, Magnet and Pathway to Excellence oversight, staffing and scheduling as well as other duties.  Prior to coming to Colorado, Pat was the CNO/COO at a CHI hospital in Kentucky.

Pat is active in the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), Association for California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) (Current Board Member South through February, 2022), as well as the American Nurses Associate (ANA).   In May of 2020 Pat was named as Becker’s 50 Hospital and Healthsystem CNO’s to Know.

Pat received his Masters of Nursing Administration from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Florida A&M University. He also has additional training in faith community nursing. Pat is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) at the UCI Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Pat has been married for 17 years to Kirk Patton. Pat and Kirk have 4 children between them, three daughters, one son and one grandson. The children are all adults now and live in Kentucky, Nebraska and Colorado. Kirk and Pat currently live in San Francisco, California with their dog Addy.

Pat Patton, MSN, RN
Chief Nurse Executive, UCSF Health



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