Annual P.E.O. coffee set for February 13

Dr. Paula Silides

Dr. Paula Silides is a P.E.O. Scholar Award winner and she will speak to us about her life story and how she applied for and used the award.

Dr. Silides is the Owner/Medical Director of Desert Valley Urgent Care on Chandler Heights Road in Chandler. She graduated with a BS degree in nursing from the University of Arizona in 1981. After college, Dr. Silides worked as a critical care nurse for Mesa Lutheran Hospital in Mesa and Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. In 1983, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked first as a critical care nurse, then as a nurse educator through the Department of Education at Humana Hospital. In 1988, after post graduate studies at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, she returned to the University of Arizona where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with a doctorate in medicine.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Silides completed a four-year internship residency program in emergency medicine at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix. Her first job as an emergency department physician was at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa. She subsequently worked at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa until 2009. In 2008, Dr. Silides embarked on a new adventure of planning, designing and building her own business, Desert Valley Urgent Care, where she continues to work today.

Dr. Silides is Board certified in emergency medicine and is a current professional affiliate of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She has published articles in the Academic Emergency Medicine Publication regarding Adult Retention in CPR Training and lectured on High Altitude Medicine and Pediatric Orthopedics in a Resident Lecture Series. She has served on Cardiology, Ethics and Process Improvement and Patient Satisfaction committees for Banner Health Systems.

The coffee will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in Lindsay Hall at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church on Riggs Road in Sun Lakes. The cost is $3, and no reservations are required.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization of women supporting women’s education. This support is given through scholarships, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. P.E.O. members, guests and visiting P.E.O.s are invited to attend. Our hostesses, P.E.O. Groups B & C, will provide coffee, fruit and pastries during the meet and greet time.

For more information, call Linda Reber at 480-895-8825 or email at [email protected]