Cathy Matthews RN
Ms. Matthews was born in Yorkshire, England months after the end of World War II and later immigrated with her family to America in 1957. After several moves throughout her life she settled and spent most of her life in California.
She attended Mills College in Oakland and graduated from Samuel Merritt School of Nursing in 1966. Now retired, her substantial career included working as a charge nurse and staff nurse for 48 years at Merritt hospital, now Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Her tenure gives her a unique historical perspective on the changes and advances in orthopedic practice: “In our hospital, Orthopedics went from a 90-bed unit down to 35 beds and from an average stay of three weeks to three months and down again to an average stay of 3 days,” she says.
Ever committed to high standards and continuing professional education, Matthews designed, wrote and produced teaching pamphlets and videos for patients, staff and families. She was in charge of orthopedic education for the skilled nursing facility, certified nursing assistants and orthopedic techs. She also wrote the orthopedic orientation manual and the competency tools for her unit, and taught classes for the local chapter of NAON (National Association of Orthopedic Nurses) and served as president and secretary. She also taught classes for the Alameda County Nurses Association and was on the Hospital Safety Committee for Professional Performance.
Active in her community, she was president of the Alamo school PTA for many years, was a leader for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and was involved in drug and alcohol prevention programs for the San Ramon Unified School District.
Ms. Matthews has two children and two grandchildren. She likes to ski and travel, with Lake Tahoe, Mexico and Nicaragua among her favorite places.