Date: 6/25/2002

St. Mary Medical Center nursing director earns masters, outstanding graduate award

Marsha King, Division Director of Patient Care Services at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, recently completed a Master’s in Businesses Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. At commencement services on June 23 at Navy Pier, King also was awarded the prestigious George P. Doherty award from the school after having maintained an A average for the 2 ½-year program, and graduating with distinction.

The award is presented annually in memory of George P. Doherty, a member of the Board of Directors and advisory council of Keller Graduate School from 1974 until his death in 1982. The award is presented to the outstanding graduate of all Keller schools nationwide, who best represents the qualities of leadership, strength of character and pursuit of excellence exemplified by Doherty.

Besides serving as division director of patient care services at St. Mary Medical Center, King was appointed in 1995 by the Indiana Governor as a member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing, and has served as its president since 1999. She also has served on the Advisory Committee for the School of Nursing at Purdue University, Calumet, since 1999.

In addition to lecturing on many healthcare topics at the local, state and national levels, King has published a 1995 article in Aspen for Nurse Executives entitled “Redesigning Care Using Total Quality Management and Outcome Variance Analysis.” She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Nurses Association, Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American College of Health Care Executives. King is a member of the National Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and has achieved national certification in advanced nursing administration.