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Patrice Finnie and Thomas Gowen – New Nurse Managers at North County and Village Square Dialysis Centers

Patrice Finnie, new Nurse Manager at North County Dialysis Center.

WashU Nephrology congratulates Patrice Finnie, RN, and Thomas Gowen, Jr, RN, on their new positions at two of our community dialysis centers.

Finnie, a dialysis nurse at North County Dialysis Center in Florissant, MO, has been promoted as the new Nurse Manager of the center.  She has been a nurse for 25 years and has over 10 years of dialysis experience. 

“I love taking care of my patients and their families,” says Finnie, who is also busy working on continuing her education with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  Married and a mother of five adult children, with two grandchildren, she loves vacationing, working out, spending time with family and serving in her church on her time off.

Finnie is taking over the position from Thomas Gowen, who has been Nurse Manager at the North County clinic since 2019.  “Patrice Finnie has been a staff nurse here at North County since March 2021,” says Gowen.  “She is an excellent patient advocate and works with the nursing staff with great enthusiasm.  She is one of those rare people who can be very serious and upbeat at the same time.  She laughs a lot and calls a great game of Bingo for our patients!”

North County Dialysis Center opened in early 2018 and is located in Florissant, MO, near the intersection of highways 367 and 270.

Thomas Gowen, Jr, new Nurse Manager at Village Square Dialysis Center.

Gowen is moving to WashU Nephrology’s new dialysis facility, the Village Square Dialysis Center in Hazelwood, MO, where he will fill the Nurse Manager position there.  The new facility has 16 stations in-center and will offer home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.  It shares the same lobby as a multi-specialty clinic for Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Pharmacy and Ophthalmology. 

“We have opened a home dialysis training center along with the kidney disease education program there,” says Gowen, who spent four years in the Navy working as an avionics-aircraft electronics technician before earning his nursing degree.  He then went on to gain extensive experience in the areas of medicine/surgery, emergency and intensive care, and now has over 10 years of dialysis experience. (See more about Thomas Gowen here).

The home modality department at the new location will be run by, Shawna McMichael, BSN, RN, who, according to Gowen, “currently runs all things home dialysis!”

Pictures of the Village Square Dialysis Center in Hazelwood, MO:

    Outside of work, Gowen once said he likes to “grow things and raise children.” Here he is with two of his six children. (Credit: Gowen’s sister, Bridget Duffner)

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