Dedication is a theme that runs deep in Patrick's life. It's evident in his 21 years of military service and his attention to innovation at work. And it's particularly evident when he talks about his family. From musical evenings around the karaoke machine to home-cooked meals prepared by his son, Patrick lives every moment to its fullest. And because of his role at UnitedHealth Group, he's grateful for the opportunity to help other people do the same.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I manage innovation projects that help people live healthier lives.
What did you do before joining UnitedHealth Group?
I spent 21 years serving in the military where I met my beautiful wife, Ann, who also served in the military – we were both stationed in Germany when we met. After my military service and before joining UnitedHealth Group, I spent several years working in the health care industry in operations leadership roles.
What do you love most about your job?
I have a lot of fun at work. Innovation projects are sprouting everywhere here and no two days are the same. I work with incredibly smart people on a variety of important, value-driving innovations that make a real difference in people’s lives. We’re working to solve complex health care challenges, and I like that I continue to grow in various dimensions and step out of “normal procedures” that come from my military background.
Why is your passion important to you?
I am passionate about my family. My wife and I have four kids. I’m very involved in my kids’ lives whether I’m cheering on my daughter who is a competitive runner or volunteering with my son’s Boy Scout troop.
Do you see any overlap between your job and your passion?
My family is my reason to come home every night, and they're why I love coming to work every day. Ultimately, the innovation I help move forward is shaping the health care that my family and their future families will benefit from.
What should someone know before joining our company?
When you join UnitedHealth Group, there are always new challenges ahead. It’s so incredible to watch how all of the innovation projects we’re working on – and the road map we take along the way – take shape over time. We’re doing more than planting seeds of innovation. Not to sound too cliché, but we bring innovation to life.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
My wife and four kids are all musically inclined. We make our own family concerts on our home Karaoke machine, and all of our kids play instruments, so it is fun to see what happens when the singing begins.
Favorite Movie and Why?
My favorite move is The Great Escape, filmed in 1963 with an all-star cast. What I like about the movie is that it is based on a real story of captured Allied POWs who pull together as a multi-national team to execute their prison camp escape through one of three tunnels. Steve McQueen played the most entertaining role, as the Cooler King, who was recaptured as he nearly reached freedom in Switzerland as he attempted to jump over the second barbed-wire fence with his motorcycle.
What are you most grateful for?
Many things. The man upstairs has blessed me with a great family and rewarding job. I'm grateful for the freedom Americans have. I'm grateful for serving our country honorably for 21 years, in addition to our military men and women who place themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our freedom. I appreciate the fact that I can continue to serve, as we at UnitedHealth Group pursue innovative solutions to make health care better for our veterans.