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Pat McMahon

Updated Sep 25, 2013 - 9:13 am

30 years of Phoenix Children's Hospital

Thirty years!

Is it possible that it's been 30 years since I used to do radio shows from the two floors of Good Samaritan that were formerly Phoenix Children's Hospital?

Those were the days when a nurse or a doctor would call the "Wallace and Ladmo Show" office and tell us that one of the patients would like us to come visit, and we went because it was Phoenix Children's Hospital, and they always knew the right thing to do.

In those years, PCH has grown into a tower-home that's a 4-story monument to caring. Yes, now PCH is considered to be one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation, but they take care of our kids with the same warmth and personal attention that they did when both Phoenix and the hospital were smaller.

I can tell you now, way back then, a nurse would occasionally sneak a pet into the kids playroom. Now, the animal-assisted therapy program is a part of getting better with a dog to hug.

They are technologically advanced. They can be medically miraculous. But most importantly, for 30 years, they are ours. Phoenix Children's Hospital: Happy birthday.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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