Despite a new coat of paint, new medical equipment, some new co-workers and a new name, the newly renovated El Camino Hospital Los Gatos probably doesn't seem too unfamiliar to Pat Erbst, clinical manager of the hospital's Emergency Department. Erbst has worked at the hospital for 41 years, starting there when it was named Community Hospital of Los Gatos. In early 2009, she was tapped to continue overseeing the ED when the hospital was purchased by El Camino Hospital.
"I started on the Medical Surgical Unit, then moved to Critical Care, then House Supervisor, and then to the Emergency Department [where I've worked] for the past 34 years," says Erbst. "I have stayed at Los Gatos because of the staff and physicians, and because of the family atmosphere and great service the hospital has always provided to the community," she added.
Erbst's professional accomplishments include becoming a Certified Emergency Nurse, a Certified PICC Line Nurse, and being named runner-up for the NurseWeek Leadership Award in 2005. She has been involved with the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Programs
for many years, and has been instrumental in acquiring equipment and supplies through grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA). She has also organized educational and training classes on bioterrorism for the hospital staff.
Despite managing one of the most important--if not the most important--departments in the hospital, Erbst still sets aside time to spend with staff and patients. "I have always, and still do, enjoy working with the staff and caring for the patients," Erbst explained. "
"Pat is a true, seasoned professional," said Dr. Eric Pifer, president of El Camino Hospital Los Gatos. "She is loved and respected by her entire team, and she is completely focused on her patients, their needs and running the best emergency department in the state."