St. Luke’s Hospital Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Seasoned Executive from McLaren Health Care to Assume Position in August

MAUMEE, OH – Jennifer Montgomery, BSN, MSA, FACHE has been selected by the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s Hospital to become that organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 3, 2020. Montgomery is replacing Dan Wakeman who announced his retirement earlier this year following 12 years of leadership in the CEO role at St. Luke’s.

Making the announcement on behalf of St. Luke’s was William Carroll, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Jennifer brings three facets of leadership and experience that were important in our selection of the next leader for St. Luke’s,” said Carroll. “The first is a commitment to excellence in patient care services. She is a trained clinical professional with over two decades of direct patient care experience. The second is clinical leadership. Jennifer has overseen, with notable success, the clinical services and nursing operations of hospitals that are very similar to St. Luke’s. Lastly, she is a proven health care executive who knows how to run, and more importantly, grow the operations and services of a full-service hospital that is a part of a larger integrated health system.”

Jennifer Montgomery, CEO of McLaren St. Luke's

Montgomery has served as President and CEO of McLaren Port Huron since 2015.

In this position, she has been responsible for overseeing the hospital’s $161 million master facility expansion, which included a new 25,000 square-foot Karmanos Cancer Institute, a new 175,000 square foot patient tower and constructing a comprehensive cardiac center, the James C. Acheson Heart and Vascular Institute. Montgomery also championed the efforts to earn national verification as a Level III Trauma Center for McLaren Port Huron in 2017 and re-certification in 2019. These efforts support her vision of continuous improvement around quality, safety and service advancements.

Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, she served as the Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer at McLaren Port Huron.

She began her career in 1993 as a staff nurse. Since that time, Montgomery earned numerous promotions and advancements in a variety of clinical and administrative leadership roles. This includes Manager Clinical Nursing for Saint John Hospital and Medical Center (part of Ascension Health) and Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer for Genesys Regional Medical Center (Grand Blanc, Mich.).

Throughout her career, Montgomery has focused on enhancing patient care services, improving clinical outcomes by working in partnership with physicians and instilling strategic financial discipline necessary to achieve the operational and capital goals that support a healthy and growing organization.

Jennifer earned a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Wayne State University, and her nursing diploma from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing.

She is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She and her husband, Andrew, currently live in Fort Gratiot, Mich., and have three children.