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For more than 40 years, Ms.Corley has committed her life to service, advocating for and providing high quality care to patients most in need. As with many young nurses who are trying to find their fit in the profession, Ms. Corley began her career working at several different hospitals, exploring a variety of fields in nursing, including Medicine, Orthopedics, ICU and Mental Health. After a few years, Ms. Corley accepted a staff nurse position at the Los Angeles County +University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC MC). This decision was, in essence, a statement and confirmation of her values to use her skills and talents to serve under-served, low-income patients. Ms. Corley’s performance as a staff nurse was quickly recognized by leadership and she was promoted to Nursing Manager in Mental Health. In 1979, Ms. Corley made a significant transition in her career after being recognized by, well-respected hematologist, Cage Johnson, MD, while volunteering as a camp nurse for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation. Ms. Corley accepted his offer to become the Nurse Coordinator of one of 10 newly funded National Institutes of Health Sickle Cell Centers. In this role, Ms. Corley was and continues to be instrumental in helping to shape and define the role of adult sickle cell nurses in California and across the country. She has worked tirelessly to address the misconceptions and bias of providers to ensure the highest quality of care; empower patients and families to effectively manage their health, but also advocate for better treatment; and implement programs and services that are responsive to patient needs. During her 30 plus year tenure, Ms. Corley has been tapped consistently because of her knowledge of sickle cell disease, but equally important, her strong patient advocacy skills. She was responsible for organizing one of the first patient support groups, in California, aimed at addressing the psycho-social issues associated with the disease. She was instrumental in launching the Stephanie Mulkey Annual Sickle Cell Seminar, a patient-centered workshop held annually in Southern California. Ms. Corley worked tirelessly to co-develop “Unveil Sickle Cell”, an annual month-long campaign to increase awareness of the disease and encourage early genetic testing for infants in Los Angeles County. Her efforts have also resulted in the development of two important pain management tools for Sickle Cell patients that are being used by providers throughout the country. Finally, Ms Corley chaired the Black History committee at her hospital that was responsible for developing a patient assistant program to assist Sickle Cell Disease patients with financial hardships. Ms. Corley has received many awards and distinctions over the course of her career. Recently, she was honored with the Elliott Vichinsky Health Care Provider Award for unparalleled dedication and unmatched performance. She shares her knowledge of the field with colleagues, presenting at numerous local, state and international events and conferences, including the 5th Annual Brazilian Sickle cell conference in Mineas, Brazil; the California Statewide Sickle Cell Symposium and the National Association of Sickle Cell Disease Annual Conference, to name a few. In 1979, Ms. Corley made a significant transition in her career after being recognized by, well-respected hematologist, Cage Johnson, MD, while volunteering as a camp nurse for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation. Ms. Corley accepted his offer to become the Nurse Coordinator of one of 10 newly funded National Institutes of Health Sickle Cell Centers. In this role, Ms. Corley was and continues to be instrumental in helping to shape and define the role of adult sickle cell nurses in California and across the country. She has worked tirelessly to address the misconceptions and bias of providers to ensure the highest quality of care; empower patients and families to effectively manage their health, but also advocate for better treatment; and implement programs and services that are responsive to patient needs. , including the National Institute of Health Focus Groups, International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates (IASCNAPA), the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation’s Camp Committee and Transition Committee and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Transition Group, Novartis Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee. Currently involved in Sickle Cell Advocacy as a Nurse Advocate/Educator for Cayenne Wellness Center and Axis Advocacy. Pat’s greatest professional joy is the special relationships that she has developed with her patients and their families. Her commitment to patients carries over into her personal life as well. She continues to volunteer and participates in local health fairs and other events at churches and hospitals in her community. In 2015, Pat retired from her job as and embarked on a community campaign with Cayenne Wellness Center and Axis Advocacy, two 501c Nonprofit organizations committed to improving the plight of persons living with Sickle Cell Conditions. Her scope of work includes education, lobbying, identifying and addressing health disparities and injustice, defining, creating , securing and providing services in this underserved sickle cell community. Ms Corley continues to serve on the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates. Her current efforts are directed at partnering with non-profits like Cayenne Wellness Center, Axis Advocacy and others, in California and across the country. She continues to act in a role as a consultant, adviser and visionary directing her efforts at identifying, defining, advancing and enhancing sickle cell care and promoting better health and life outcomes for people living with this devastating condition. Finally, Ms. Corley is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters who have followed in her footsteps to serve and improve the life outcomes for marginalized, disproportionately people of color. She also celebrates her biggest blessing…..her young grand daughter. Phone#: 310-480-9857

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