Jennifer Montgomery appreciates the technical advancements available to treat the patients of McLaren Port Huron but contributes her long career here to the support and talent of the staff. “The number one reason I came back to McLaren Port Huron (following a role at another Detroit-area hospital) is the staff. This staff is some of the best I have ever worked with. They are so knowledgeable and take their responsibilities very seriously. "I see individuals who don't leave for the day until they feel they've done everything they could for their patients, even after the end of their shift!"
Her passion for mentoring and education has led her through her numerous bedside and leadership roles in nursing; including her current role as Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services at McLaren Port Huron. “The best part of my job is mentoring,” says Jennifer. “I want to encourage people to stretch and grow. Being in administration, it’s easier to influence more people. I love what I do; I couldn’t do this job if I didn’t. I loved being a bedside nurse, but for me, I thought I could take my passion for healthcare to another level.” Jennifer is responsible for the administration of Nursing, Radiology, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Risk Management and Pharmacy Services at McLaren Port Huron, but, as she says, she doesn’t see herself at “the top of the chart.” She views her role as more of a guide. “I think it starts with front-line care delivery, It’s about those people working at the bedside. If I left tomorrow, care would go on, but if that care at the bedside is interrupted, the impact is felt in so many ways.”
Jennifer says the level of dedication of the clinical staff reminds her every day of the importance of their roles. “Any time I make a decision, I think that the person this affects is the patient. That patient is a very important person." says Jennifer. "I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve never gone home and thought, ‘what a waste of a day.’”
• Master of Science Degree in Administration, Central Michigan
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Wayne State University
• Nursing Diploma, Henry Ford School of Nursing
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