Patricia M. Kearney, 70, nurse, served in Vietnam War, was risk management professional

By on June 18, 2014
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Patricia M. Kearney, 70, of Lancaster, died peacefully at Landis Homes in Lititz Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

She was born in 1943 in Hondo, Texas, the daughter of the late William H. Edgar and Patricia M. (Carlin) Edgar. She was the wife of Ralph E. Kearney with whom she celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on April 24.

Pat received her nursing diploma from the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with a BS from Millersville University. She also received an Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America and was awarded a Master’s in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She served as a commissioned officer in the Army Nurse Corps stationed at the 17th Field Hospital in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Pat’s career in health care began as a staff nurse and evolved through a variety of hospital clinical and administrative assignments that included emergency department nursing, supervisory and management positions leading to her specialization in the field of Risk Management. Professional experiences included Director of Risk Management at Lancaster General Hospital; Vice President, Risk Mgmt. for the MIXX Group of Companies; Director, Loss Prevention for Bon Secours Health System; and Risk Management Advisor for Stevens and Lee, PC. She was a member and “distinguished fellow” of The American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, Past President of the Central Pa. Association For Health Care Risk Management and Past Member of the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Lancaster. She was the author and co-author of several articles in professional publications.

To her friends and colleagues, Pat was a warm and understanding person who could always be relied upon to offer help and guidance whenever needed. To her family, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who gave of herself completely.

In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by her sons: Neil P. Kearney, married to Yvonne, of Burnsinel Switzerland, David M. Kearney, married to Kathleen, of Lititz; and Van T. Kearney of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter: Sally L. Habermas, married to Steve, of Needham, Mass.; and six grandchildren: Mariah, Daniel, Sara, Mary, Charlie and Clare. Also surviving is a brother: William H. Edgar, married to Joanna, of Pittsburgh; and two sisters: Karen M. Petyak, married to Randy, of Ashburn, Va.; and Carol A. Mattessi of Pittsburgh; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services were held June 16 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster, with Rev. Michael Letteer as Celebrant. Interment was private at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pat’s memory to The Crudem Foundation Inc., Hopital Sacre Coeur, Milot, Haiti or to Crudem.org.

To send the family online condolences, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory.

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