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The Core of What We Do: Methodist Women’s Hospital VP Patty Bauer Witnesses The Meaning of Care Daily

Published: April 21, 2023

In “The Core of What We Do,” you’ll learn more about Methodist’s core service lines – primary care, oncology, cardiology, women’s health and orthopedics/surgical services – and the people whose dedication makes them so impactful for our communities. To explore career opportunities at Methodist, visit bestcare.org/jobs.


Patty Bauer, RN, RRT
Vice President, Women’s Hospital


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Why is the women’s health service line so important? How does this service line contribute to The Meaning of Care?

The women’s health service line is so unique. We are very fortunate to have a hospital and campus dedicated to this service line. For many of our maternal patients, this is their first experience in a hospital setting. In addition to providing excellent patient care, it’s our responsibility to surpass expectations, win their loyalty and ensure that they continue their health care journey with Methodist for years to come.

Methodist Women’s Hospital is important not only to our community but also to our region. As the region’s only hospital and campus dedicated to women’s health, we have a huge responsibility to be a leader and resource for others. 

I believe this service line uniquely contributes to The Meaning of Care because our focus is on growing and supporting families.     


What should people know about women’s health services?

The complexity of the care provided at Women’s Hospital, and the technology required to provide that care, may surprise those that aren’t familiar with our services. Whether it be in the NICU, high-risk OB or reproductive health services, we have highly skilled physicians and staff members providing complex medical care. 

Women’s Hospital delivers the most babies – nearly 5,000 annually – and is home to the state’s largest NICU, which is expanding to 65 beds by the end of the year. We are proud to have a large OB/GYN practice and large maternal-fetal medicine practice, both located on our campus, in addition to a robust reproductive health services program.    


Tell us more about your role at Methodist.

As vice president of Women’s Hospital, I am responsible for the planning, operations and services provided by the hospital. I oversee the clinical, financial and service outcomes. Guided by our strategic plan, I work with our teams to accomplish our goals and objectives. I also have responsibilities for therapies, respiratory care and some of our hospital-based clinics.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love interdisciplinary teams. Everyone has their unique perspective and expertise. However, the patient is always our guiding force and common ground. I get to work with really talented people who are also fun to be around. 


Are there any memorable moments from your work that stick out?

I have been at Women’s Hospital for a little over four years. The pandemic has certainly been a huge focus in my time here, and having the first COVID-19 patient in Nebraska present to our emergency department will be a day I won’t forget. 


Why did you come to Methodist? Why have you stayed?

I came to Methodist almost 34 years ago as a respiratory therapist. I can honestly say that I have always felt that I belonged here. I have had great mentors, great opportunities and great friends. 


What does a day in the life look like for you?

No two days are ever the same, which keeps life interesting! My days are a combination of meetings, huddles, rounding, working on projects or initiatives and just talking to people – understanding what’s going well and what’s challenging. I also oversee departments and clinics at Methodist Hospital and the West Dodge Medical Plaza and HealthWest Methodist Physicians Clinic locations, so I don’t spend all of my time at Women’s Hospital.


What does The Meaning of Care mean to you?

I get to witness The Meaning of Care daily. For me, The Meaning of Care is demonstrated by the compassion and kindness we show patients and their families and each other. We care for our patients, and we care for each other.     


What do you enjoy outside of your time at Methodist?

My husband and I like to travel and spend time with friends. And I come from a large family, so there are many family events to attend.