A persuasive writer, dynamic editor and audience advocate for companies ranging in services from health care to financial, and from real estate to appraisal. Ability to work cooperatively with employees as diverse as CEOs, physicians, nurses, salespeople and engineers. Extensive experience as a manager with responsibility for determining budgets.

Welcome to Sara Patterson's Professional Website


"Sara Patterson has a rare gift - she is a quality editor and journalist with savvy marketing skills.
I have worked with Sara both at Northshore and at CRS. I admire her as an editor who understands her readers, while delivering solid information that meets the mission of an organization. As a magazine editor, Sara knows how to create an overall flow that engages the desired audience, which isn't an easy task! She is extraordinarily diligent and committed to excel. Bottom line:
Sara Patterson is a top professional and great to work with."
- Jane Ottenberg, Owner, The Magazine Group,
custom publishing company, Washington, D.C.


My Dog Loves Opera

Oct. 15, 2014

My dog, Griffen, loves to walk, to chase rabbits, to eat cooked eggs and to listen to opera. His affection happened by chance. During thunderstorms, Griffen would dive under beds, huddle in closets or hurdle his 40-pound body into one of us. Once, he nearly toppled my muscular 6’2″ husband. We had to do something. […]

Near Escapes from a Wolf and a Deer

Jun. 10, 2013

Wolves have always fascinated and frightened me. I never wanted to meet a wolf alone in the woods or even worse to see a female wolf with her pups. On the other hand, wolves are beautiful animals–sleek, handsome, and intelligent. So I longed to see one from far away. On May 30, my wish came […]

Julius Caesar: The Power of Words

Mar. 23, 2013

Who can forget Marc Antony’s speech about Brutus being an honorable man while steadily giving examples that he is anything but honorable in killing Julius Caesar? Or Julius Caesar’s “Et tu, Brutus?” as he is being stabbed to death? I was familiar with those sayings but had not read or seen Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” until […]

The School for Lies Turns Wit into Mirth

Mar. 23, 2013

I last saw Ben Carlson as Hamlet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2007, where he was a tad too earnest, intense and far from amusing. I remember having to dodge his spit, rather rare even in such an initimate space. A mere seven years later in the same theater, Mr. Carlson was entirely different […]

“Lady Day” Hits All the Right Notes

Mar. 9, 2013

Billie Holiday’s hauntingly original voice and turbulent life are captured in the Porchlight’s production in Chicago of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” From the start, the poignant staging in a smoky joint sets an authentic tone. Billie and her manager are in a dressing room while her other band members are already on […]

2012 ASCP Annual Report

Mar. 5, 2013

View Online In charge of the 2012 ASCP Annual Report, Sara Patterson conceived its theme in collaboration with the Society’s Executive Vice President. She wrote key sections and directed a freelance writer for other sections. This ASCP Annual Report addressed the concerns of all members and is more inclusive than previous ASCP Annual Reports. Additionally, […]

Critical Values, October 2012

Oct. 5, 2012

Sara Patterson served as the Editor for this issue of Critical Values focused on Fused Diagnostics, which encompasses genomics, personalized medicine, and informatics for patients. For the feature article, Sara interviewed Dr. Wayne Grody of the University of California at Los Angeles, and Dr. John Tomaszewski of the University of Buffalo who are both conducting […]

Critical Values, July 2012

Jul. 30, 2012

Serving as the Editor of Critical Values, Sara Patterson focused the issue on the important topic of economics in the medical laboratory. Different authors discuss various aspects of managing laboratories in the age of slimmer budgets and the necessity of reducing healthcare costs for patients.           Download PDF Critical Values, July […]

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend: All My Children

May. 13, 2012

Losing the characters in “All My Children” is like the death of longtime friends. These were the best kinds of friends: always there when you needed them but not demanding when you were absent. Through the 41 years of “All My Children,” I was an intermittent, not a regular, watcher. My viewing started in high […]

Regenerating Geramiums

Apr. 30, 2012

For four years, I have cut down the 14 geramium plants on both sides of the steps of our home in the fall, covered them, and then waited until late February. That’s when I uncover them in their stations at the windows of our basement and begin watering them in hopes they will come back […]

Gardening and Editing Share Some Traits

Apr. 16, 2012

As I worked in my garden this weekend, I considered the similarities between editing and gardening. When I edit copy, I have to take out the words that clutter the copy, change words that are not the right ones, and create the best presentation for the story. When I was gardening on Sunday, I had […]

How a Club Stays Relevant in the 21st Century

Apr. 13, 2012

Recently, I stayed at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis while I was attending a conference. Twenty years ago, I had been there for a blues night that my boss and I hosted for participants at a big telecommunications conference. At that time, the main rooms of the Columbia Club were lovely, but the guest rooms […]

Critical Values, April 2012

Apr. 12, 2012

Economics has entered the healthcare arena. Pathologists have a professional responsibility to advise clinicians of which tests for patients are necessary and which are not through appropriate test utilization. The American Society for Clinical Pathology as joined the Choosing Wisely campaign with several major national organizations to help healthcare practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders develop […]

The Art of Pulp Fiction

Jan. 23, 2012

Raymond Chandler turned pulp fiction into art with his novels about murders and gumshoe Philip Marlowe. His writing was descriptive, graceful, and, at moments, even sublime. His best novels captured a world where murders took place, but the people he created were believable. Sometimes Chandler’s plots were a little contrived, but his characters made it […]

The True Meaning of Reconnection

Jan. 18, 2012

My teenage years were full of the normal confusion, awkwardness, and unrequited crushes as the rest of my peers. But where my high school life differed from the norm were my lifelong friends I made when I was a boarding student at Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. I have described Emma Willard to friends […]

Critical Values, January 2012

Jan. 12, 2012

As Managing Editor of Critical Values, Sara S. Patterson edited the articles in this fascinating issue about how pathologists and laboratory professionals have to accelerate their adaptation to change to take advantage of the evolving healthcare environment. Jobs are plentiful in the medical laboratory profession, but students and those considering a second career have to […]

Life Skills: Christmas and Gardening

Jan. 12, 2012

Since I was a child, Christmas has meant putting up a real tree. A Christmas tree’s smell transforms the house. I like to fun my fingers through the needles and feel the sap and rough bark when I hold the tree while my husband tightens the screws. Unpacking and hanging the ornaments takes me back […]

New Year’s Resolutions

Jan. 3, 2012

A new year has promise written all over it. While it’s not a blank slate, the new year offers the chance for change. So what do I want to change about what I do and who I am? 1. Be healthier and stronger, which means more exercise, including strength training (not my favorite) and more […]

Elizabeth Taylor: Unparalleled Loveliness

Nov. 30, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s death kept interrupting my thoughts last week. The world is a sadder place for her passing. She was simply the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and expect I will ever see. I wanted to be Elizabeth Taylor when I grew up. From the first time I saw her in “Jane Eyre” […]

The Characters from Charles Dickens Are Alive and Well

Nov. 13, 2011

More than any other author, I recognize people drawn from Charles Dickens’s villains and heroes in real life. For example, my father was like Harold Skimpole from Bleak House. Skimpole was deceptively charming at first glance, but upon further acquaintance was really an insidiously selfish person who did anything to keep himself well fed, housed […]

Critical Values, October 2011

Oct. 11, 2011

Sara S. Patterson wrote the profile of Mark H. Stoler, MD, FASCP, a cytopathologist who is dedicated to improving the human condition. For 30 years, Dr. Stoler has successfully sought to understand why cervical cancer occurs and how to improve its early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. His work stands out for his unflagging persistence to […]

The Amish

Jul. 13, 2011

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is the heart of the Amish community in the United States. There the Amish co-exist in their own community within the larger community of Mennonites and “regular” U.S. citizens. They take trains, use buggies and carriages, and scoot on strange bicycles without rubber wheels. They still plow the rich earth with teams […]

Super 8 Delights Audience with Great Characters and Superb Suspense

Jul. 11, 2011

It’s rare that I see a movie twice in the theater. That’s precisely what I did for “Super 8,” acting like a teenage boy that movie theaters seek to attract. So why did I break my rules for this exceptional film? First, the central characters of 12 year olds achieve great ensemble acting rarely seen among adult actors and bring fun, […]

Critical Values, July 2011

Jul. 11, 2011

For the July issue of Critical Values focused on leadership, Sara Patterson wrote an in-depth feature of C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP, who spearheads the pathology residency program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and who is currently the President-Elect for the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She interviewed author Carl Schoonover about his book, […]

Gardening Isn’t for Sissies

Jun. 6, 2011

Leaning forward crounching on my kneepad while rose thorns dig into my back and arms to pull weeds under the three rose bushes, this morning I realized gardening isn’t for sissies. You may think gardening involves tossing some flowers into the ground and watching them grow. How I wish it were that easy. In my yard, gardening is a full […]

Critical Values, April 2011

Apr. 14, 2011

Promoted to Managing Editor of Critical Values, Sara Patterson wrote a profile of pathologist Kathryn Rizzo, MD, FASCP, who determined in eighth grade that she would become a doctor and then followed those steps to become a doctor, as well as edited and summarized an interview of artist Laura Ferguson who creates an inside-out anatomy […]

Snow Daze

Feb. 2, 2011

What happened to those two glorious, unexpected snow days last week? Actually, it’s kind of a blur except for walking the dog through the neighborhood. The first walk on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, was most memorable because it was so quiet and so beautiful. Much of the snow was untouched except by the wind. […]

Critical Values, January 2011

Jan. 30, 2011

Sara Patterson wrote stories about the measurable contributions of American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) volunteers to global health care, especially helping AIDS patients as a valued partner for the past five years of the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). She also wrote an in-depth profile of John R. Ball, MD, JD, departing Executive […]

The Art of War for Women – Great Advice in Life and in the Office

Jun. 13, 2010

Occasionally a book leaps off the shelf and into your hands, and changes your life. That’s what reading “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-ning Chu has done for me. While I am not usually a big fan of business books, this one is different. The Asian-American author has masterfully applied the philosophy of Sun Tzu to […]

Helen Thomas: Betrayed by New Media

Jun. 9, 2010

When Helen Thomas told a rabbi holding a camera that the Jews should leave Palestine and return to their homelands in Germany and Poland, she betrayed her ignorance of the new media. At 89 years old, Thomas learned firsthand that the world has changed dramatically. She has made a career of being a rascally, abrasive reporter. While Thomas should have realized that […]

Masterful Director and Writer

Apr. 13, 2010

Over the weekend, I watched the movie “Easy Living” for the first time. The great director, Preston Sturges, wrote this movie before he became a director. His style is evident from the first frames when Edward Arnold throws his wife’s sable coat out the window, and it lands on a poor working girl, Jean Arthur. […]

Ode to Valentine’s Day

Apr. 13, 2010

Valentine’s Day is high on my list of days worthy of celebration. But it’s not about roses, chocolates or diamond heart necklaces. The celebration centers on love. On Valentine’s Day, you can tell people–not just your husband or partner–that you love them. That’s something I should say more often than I do. But Valentine’s Day […]

David Versus Goliath

Apr. 12, 2010

Over the weekend, the ticket sales for movies “Date Night” and “Clash of the Titans” were too close to call. Both snared the No. 1 spot in the nation. While it was the second week for the “Clash of the Titans,” that is still a great testament to the power of comedy in America. Recession or […]

Genius at Work on Amtrak

Mar. 25, 2010

A genius designed the Roomette on Amtrak. The space is so functional and practical but so small. For example, the two chairs facing one another turn into one of the two beds at night just with some tugs by the porter. An upper berth is pulled down at night for the second bed. Inside it […]

West Virginia–Poverty and Beauty

Mar. 25, 2010

West Virginia broke off from Virginia in disagreement over slavery. Economically, the people in the state never seems to have recovered or found the key to prosperity. The hills are rich in coal, which benefits a few lucky owners. But the workers are not getting rich and have an extraordinarily hard life, usually shortened through […]

Playing in Central Park

Mar. 25, 2010

On Saturday, March 20, it reached 70 degrees in New York City, and Central Park turned into a playground for all ages of New Yorkers. Families spread out blankets to have picnics. Children clambered up the rocks to play king of the hill and other games. Adults and teenagers listened to music from bands that […]

Train Travel: Gaining Some Momentum

Mar. 18, 2010

In these days when people sit at dinner tables ignoring their companions to respond to e-mails on their Blackberries or iPhones, it’s refreshing to know that Amtrak does not have WiFi yet except in New York City. And that just occurred last month. So, there’s still some place where you can travel in the United […]

Small Miracle

Mar. 10, 2010

Bulbs are miraculous. They need so little care and just spring up at the appointed time every year. But today, I found out just how hardy bulbs can be. Two sets of bulbs that my husband gave to me over the past two years were still in their pots in a corner of our basement. […]

News of the Day

Feb. 10, 2010

Creating Jobs Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: creating jobs to spur the economy. That is reassuring. But it’s not promising that the New York Times report politicians from both sides are squabbling about the details in the Senate. While not surprising, job creation during the Great Recession should be one matter where politics […]

Connections Magazine, Winter 2010 Issue

Feb. 10, 2010

As the Editor, Sara Patterson selected the feature story about a teenager born with a nevus, or pigmented birthmark, whose life was transformed through its removal by a NorthShore plastic surgeon. While Sara works with several writers to produce each issue of the magazine, she wrote the articles about  a patient with tremors who opts […]

About Annual Reports

Feb. 7, 2010

Sara Patterson served as the editor of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Annual Reports.

Waiting for Plum Jam

Dec. 11, 2009

Now I know why so many women left the farms. Making preserves is hard work. Somehow even though I made plum jam last year, I thought this year would be easier. Last year, I did the jam over two nights during the week–agonizing over when the plums would turn into the right consistency. This year […]

Connections Magazine, Summer 2009 Issue

Jul. 10, 2009

The Editor, Sara Patterson, wrote this feature story concerning a NorthShore orthopaedic surgeon who performs a surgical reconstruction of the spine for a woman with degenerative lumbar scoliosis that allows her to be fully functional once again. Other prominent stories that Sara selected for this issue include a NorthShore oncology patient who defies all odds and […]

Connections Magazine, Spring 2009 Issue

Mar. 14, 2009

As the Editor, Sara Patterson selected a feature story that involves the intervention of three NorthShore physicians to save the health and life of a young father with a tumor on his spine. Sara wrote the story of a breast cancer patient who achieves the best health outcome by following an individualized program of care […]

Hooping for Fun

Feb. 13, 2009

About 10 years ago, I bought a hulu hoop in Ketchum, Idaho. I hadn’t hula hooped since I was about eight years old when I had mastered the art of hooping and could do it for hours in my driveway or in my bedroom. Years later, I thought hula hooping would be a fun way […]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Annual Report 2009

Feb. 5, 2009

Sara Patterson served as the Editor for the 2009 NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Annual Report. She determined the theme, selected the stories and wrote part of the editorial content, assigning other sections to freelance writers. Coordinating the Annual Report with the President of NorthShore Foundation and the Chief Financial Officer, Sara also worked in conjunction […]

Connections Magazine, Fall 2008 Issue

Oct. 14, 2008

Sara Patterson wrote this feature story centering on a woman from the Boston area who comes to NorthShore for a risk-reducing, nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstructive surgery performed by highly trained surgeons at NorthShore. Download PDF Connections Magazine, Fall 2008 Issue       .

NorthShore University HealthSystem Community Benefits Report 2008

Oct. 10, 2008

Heading up the 2008 Community Benefits Report, Sara Patterson tied the theme of “Connecting to Our Communities” with the 2008 Annual Report. Overall, she planned the report to describe concisely how the health system contributed to the well-being of members of its community. The photos are in black-and-white to demonstrate that NorthShore University HealthSystem keeps overhead […]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Annual Report 2008

Jan. 5, 2008

Sara Patterson served as the Editor for the 2008 Annual Report of NorthShore University HealthSystem. After a brainstorming session with at team of professionals to determine the theme of Connections, Sara selected the attributes, wrote all the headlines, descriptions and most of the copy, selected the printer and paper, and collaborated with the graphic designer […]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Nursing Annual Report 2009

May. 10, 2002

In collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), Sara Patterson determined the content  for the 2009 Nursing Annual Report. She wrote part of this Annual Report and assigned some stories to a freelance writer. Additionally, Sara spearheaded the graphic design, printing and photography for the 2009 Nursing Annual Report, which is […]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Community Benefits Report 2009

May. 10, 2002

Working in conjunction with NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Foundation, Sara Patterson served as the Editor for this report on the nonprofit’s $172 million annual contributions to members of its community. Sara spearheaded the project, working with a freelance writer, graphic designer, outside and in-house photographers and printer. The Community Benefits Report is designed to showcase the […]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Nursing Annual Report 2008

May. 10, 2001

Sara Patterson developed the first-ever Nursing Annual Report for 2008 in conjunction with the leaders in nursing at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore). She designed the letters from the Chief Nursing Officer and CEO at NorthShore, Facts & Figures and stories illustrating the innovative approaches for nurses to help nurses at NorthShore achieve Magnet status, which […]