A Pullman City Council member, Pat Wright has lived in Pullman since 1975. Wright came to the city when husband Ray accepted a faculty position in the Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences, from which he retired in November 2013.
Wright graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in French in 1969 and a secondary education credential in 1970. She worked for GTE from 1975 to 1995 as a call center manager and later moved on to the Bookie, first as division manager of human resources, then as assistant general manager before finally becoming general manager. She retired in 2007, but spends a couple of days each week at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts.
Wright and Ray have two children: Caroline, a WSU graduate and finance manager for GAP Corp. living in San Francisco; and Joe, a University of Washington and Santa Clara University graduate, working as an attorney with Amazon in Seattle.
A longtime community volunteer, Wright also contributes service and leadership in the Pullman Education Foundation, Pullman Chamber of Commerce and Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary, as well as previous involvement with Pullman High School Boosters, United Way and Kiwanis.
Wright said she was first exposed to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation as an ex-officio board member when she served as auxiliary president. She also believed the foundation was making a difference to the Pullman healthcare community—especially during the time her mother was hospitalized before passing away in 2012.
“I was so overwhelmed with the level of care she received, I felt this would be a way in which I could give back,” Wright said. “When I was approached to serve as a director, I was honored to be asked and accepted without hesitation.”
As a board member, Wright said she hopes to help Pullman Regional Hospital become a self-sustaining organization, especially as healthcare delivery in the United States reaches a crossroads with the onset of the Affordable Care Act and diminished federal support for programs and facilities. The hospital’s future fundraising efforts will also enhance its standing as a high-quality, critical-access hospital for the region.
“Pullman Regional Hospital has become one of the reasons people not only choose to move here, but also to stay and retire here,” she said. “We are identifying and addressing community and regional needs, promoting and providing preventive healthcare initiatives, building a community healthcare system that is focused on developing essential partnerships locally and regionally, and streamlining duplication of services.
“A critical-access hospital by its very nature is tied to and has tremendous impact on the community it serves, and Pullman Regional Hospital satisfies that definition in every aspect of its operation,” Wright added.