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Meet Our Franciscan Patient Placement Center Team

Donna BenjaminDonna Benjamin began her nursing career as an LPN over 25 years ago. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Washington, Tacoma in 2007. She transferred to the FPPC after working as the emergency department's assistant manager for the past two years. Her extensive nursing background experience includes emergency, home health, hospice, medical-surgical, ICU, PCU, PACU, and nurse educator positions.

Theresa BushTheresa Bush obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University 28 years ago and her master’s degree in hospital administration in 2004. Her vast experience in healthcare includes settings from the emergency department and critical care to occupational health and community EMS. Her professional opportunities have included positions with active duty Navy, staff nursing and executive level administration. She comes most recently from St. Joseph Medical Center perioperative services and is excited to be a part of the FPPC team.

Carol FagernessCarol Fagerness graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has been employed as an RN for over 30 years with Franciscan Health System. Her work experience includes surgical nursing, floor manager, hospital supervisor, and most recently, care manager. She is excited to be involved in the start of the FPPC.

Patti HarrisPatti Harris obtained her RN degree nearly 20 years ago. She worked as a cardiac and pediatric ICU nurse at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento and became CCRN certified. She came to St. Joseph Medical Center in 1996, where she worked in open heart recovery and served as a charge nurse for the critical care department. She also covered as a relief hospital supervisor.

Tammy NicholasTammy Nicholas has been a nurse for more than 27 years, with special focus in the emergency department for 20 years. She served as assistant manager of the emergency department at the University of Washington Medical Center. She has traveled throughout the United States as a travel nurse, as well. Her passion is to provide the best patient and customer care imaginable.

Mary Beth PetersonMary Beth Peterson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She started in medical-surgical nursing and then served as a nursing instructor in the Peace Corps in Colombia. Her extensive nursing experience includes open-heart/surgical ICU, PACU, hospital supervision, OB (inpatient and community health), and most recently, the Franciscan Palliative Care Outreach program.