by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Leader and Role Model

Long-time Solana Beach resident Patty Maysent has earned many titles during her lifetime, from bronze medalist at the Pan American Games to the first female CEO at University of California San Diego Health. Her most recent title – Cool Woman of 2017 – was a recognition given to her by Girl Scouts San Diego.

As one of the 10 women named by the Girl Scouts, Patty acknowledged the role of the organization in her work today. “What I love about the Girl Scouts is the Girl Scout Law,” Patty shared. “It embodies the qualities and traits that we want to cultivate in our hospitals.” She also touched on the importance of women in her career field. “Women are having a big impact in healthcare today, and we bring a unique perspective to the work,” Patty said.

faces_maysent1Patty began working at UC San Diego Health in 2012 and was named CEO in 2016. “What I enjoy most about my job is working with people whose primary drive and passion is healing and caring for others,” she said. In her role as CEO, she is committed to making high-quality healthcare more accessible. Last fall, under her leadership, she helped open the Jacobs Medical Center, a day she acknowledged as “the best day in my professional career.”

Patty has thrived in leadership roles since her college days, when she was the captain of the Stanford women’s swim team that won the 1983 NCAA National Championship. The skills Patty learned as an athlete – working with others, working through challenges, building teams, inspiring others, and remaining committed – continue to inform her leadership today.

Today, Patty is also an integral part of her community. “I love living in a community that feels like a real community where you can build long-term relationships with those around you,” she shared. She also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito.

As much as Patty may be an inspiration to others, she is equally touched by her fellow Cool Women of 2017. Patty shared, “I was inspired by all of the women who were recognized as go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders.” For the young women looking to women leaders in the community, Patty offered, “Stay focused on the things you love and keep moving forward.”


Name: Patty Maysent
Profession: CEO
Community: Solana Beach
Hobbies: Swimming and surfing
Favorite Places to Visit in Del Sol: Tabletops, Cedros Avenue