On May 19, 1991, Saige Xavier Eldridge took his first breath at Bayshore Medical Center. He not only began his life at Bayshore, at 22 years old he began dedicating a lot of his life paying it forward and caring for other people’s lives as an ICU nurse at Bayshore Medical Center.
Growing up only two streets away from the hospital, attending elementary through college in the area and now living across the street it seems almost inevitable Saige would end up returning to where it all began.
Saige was born with a desire to help people, while in high school at Pasadena Memorial, like most of us he was excited to graduate and save the world. “I wanted to be a firefighter, then being a doctor sounded nice,” Saige said, “I was the first in my family to graduate, high school, and if I was going to college, I would have to pay for it on my own.”
During high school, Saige worked at the local Kroger and saved up for college. “When I heard about San Jacinto’s nursing program, I knew it was affordable, I would be able to pay out of pocket and it would allow me to help people,” Saige said, “it wasn’t a question, I knew that’s what I needed to do.”
He and his wife Chelsea both love Pasadena; so much so, she too works in the community. In fact, she is a teacher at Parkview Intermediate Junior High School where she and Saige met.
As the first in his family to graduate from high school and college, Saige credits the influence of his grandparents for his desire to help others, “they raised me, I want to make them proud.” Saige said.
Saige is currently pursuing his bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from the Texas Tech University while he continues to work four days a week at Bayshore Medical Center. After he completes his bachelor’s degree, he plans to continue and obtain his nurse practitioner license.
“Hopefully once I’m done with my education, I can still work at Bayshore Medical Center and for HCA,” Saige said, “I love working here; I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. This is home.”