Nancy Magathan retired in 2012 after working at CMH for 35 years. During that time, she worked in what was then a new Hospice program; she obtained grants for a breast cancer prevention program; she provided nursing for general cancer care support; and she worked in cancer prevention education.
Nancy grew up in the Hamptons in New York before it was “billionaire- land.” Her father was a potato farmer on land that the family had owned for more than 300 years. She attended Plattsburgh State University, receiving a BS in nursing. After practicing in the Bronx for about a year, she then earned a master’s in health education from SUNY Cortland.
In the culture of the 60’s, Nancy traveled across the country and landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While there, she worked at Job Corps, taught at Tulsa University and met and married her husband, Dick, who also worked for Job Corps. He was transferred to Astoria in 1976 and ultimately became the parks superintendent for Astoria where he worked for more than 25 years. Their daughters came along in the 80’s.
While having adventures with grandchildren in Astoria and Portland, Nancy continues as a volunteer for the Assistance League, Bethany Lutheran Church, PEO and CMH on the PFAC. Her “therapy” is creating quilts.
In representing patients and their families on PFAC, Nancy has found that CMH welcomes and encourages suggestions that will enhance services and make care more patient-centered.
“My 35 years as a nurse in Columbia Memorial gave me many opportunities to create new cancer care and hospice services for people in Clatsop County using my passion for helping patients live healthier lives,” Nancy says. “I have a loyalty to CMH that drives my interest in PFAC – making it a stronger committee that will help to make CMH the best it can be.”
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