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Welcome Kathy Saxon, CNO


Kathy Saxon, our new CNO, started work at TRMC March 24. She has been a nurse for 38 years and brings over a decade of dynamic administrative experience as CNO of hospitals both large and small. She and her husband, Charles, arrived last week from Tennessee, where Kathy worked with David Butler CEO, in a hospital in Jellico.

Kathy graduated from University of South Florida in Tampa. “I worked at the same hospital in St Petersburg for 26 years,” she said. “My clinical years were spent working in critical care and ED. I worked in multiple clinical areas, became a nurse manager, director, director of patient care services and CNO.”

Kathy and Charles raised their family of five boys in Florida, and moved to Tennessee about five years ago, with the desire to live in the country. “We purchased a small hobby farm and became ‘city folk gone country’ raising farm animals that became our pets.” While in Tennessee the Saxons helped to start an animal rescue. “Dogs and cats are very abused and neglected in Appalachia,” said Kathy.

Since leaving Florida, Kathy has worked as interim CNO, traveling to hospitals to fill the CNO position through organizational transitions. Kathy’s husband, Charles, is a retired Florida firefighter/paramedic. In Tennessee he worked as director of EMS for a rural ambulance service and is currently a Flight/Critical Care Medic for AirEvac.

“One of the challenges of living in Tennessee was the ability to find work close to home for both of us,” said Kathy. “My traveling as an interim CNO and Charles flying was sending us in different directions. We had not been accustomed to being apart so much. When I left my last position, we were open to opportunities that would allow us to work closer to home and spend less time apart. I was working with a recruiter and was interviewing for a position in Eugene, Oregon. During this period, the opportunity in Tillamook presented itself. We loved the smaller more rural atmosphere in Tillamook, and after interviewing in both places there was no question that Tillamook was where God was leading.”

Charles returned to Tennessee temporarily. He hopes to work with Tillamook Ambulance once he is settled here.

The couple has five grown sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter. Four of their sons live in Florida as do their grandchildren. The Saxons are leaving the farm in Tennessee in the capable hands of their fifth son. “We currently have 12 dogs, 6 cows, 4 mini donkeys, 3 mini horses, 2 goats, 3 barn cats, one horse and a bunch of chickens!”

Welcome Kathy Saxon, we are blessed to have you and look forward to working with you.