We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first women only surgical center in Southern Arizona – The Joel M. Childers Women’s Surgical Center. The center focuses on delivering gentle, specialized care for women undergoing surgery. Take a moment to meet Catherine, part of the dedicated staff caring for our community’s women. 

 Where are you from?
I was born in San Diego and moved to Tucson in 1969.

What do you love about Tucson?
I love the smell of the desert after the summer rains. The people in Tucson are so nice and even though it has grown it still has the feel of a small town.

When you’re not at work, what do you do for fun?
I love to sing. I am involved in my Church choir and I sing on the Praise Team. I also love to go biking with my husband and friends.  I am blessed with  wonderful peeps and enjoy going to dinner with them and our husbands on Friday nights. I love to travel and see my son perform professionally in Musical Theater Productions in New York and throughout the country.

What is the best aspect of your job?
I love working in women’s surgery. We work as a team and support each other in giving our patients safe care.  I feel it is such a priviledge to be a Nurse and to provide our patients with the care and respect they deserve.

What would you like women to know about the center?
When you are scheduled on our unit for surgery  all of the staff makes it a priority to give you safe care and to meet your needs. Our staff prides themselves in making each patient feel like they are the only patient we are caring for. It is the best place in Tucson to have any kind of women’s surgery.

I feel it is so important to educate women on the importance of getting yearly gynecological exams.  There is so much health information we can obtain from our gynecologists at our yearly appointments. I know there is some fear associated with these appointments because of the unknown but if we can educate women at a earlier age regarding what happens at these exams I know there are some diagnosis we can diagnose earlier and even some we can prevent.  Education is the key when it comes to Women’s Health Issues.