Marsha King – 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award Winner

Marsha King

Marsha M. King is the System Chief Nursing Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical, a multi-hospital health system in South Bend, Indiana. She is highly visible and a well-respected leader to approximately 800+ nurses across the system. Marsha received her Associate, Bachelor and Masters degrees in Nursing, all from Purdue University Calumet. After providing exceptional care in a variety of nursing roles for 14 years, she received her Masters in Business Administration in 2002.

Marsha is a past recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash and the George P. Doherty Award from the Keller Graduate School of Management, where she was recognized as the national outstanding graduate. Over the years, Marsha has implemented and overseen countless new ventures, quality improvement projects and cost containment initiatives. She is passionate about improving patient satisfaction scores and enthusiastic about recruiting young people to choose a nursing profession.

Marsha was a member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing from 1995-2003, and served as President for 4 years. She is also a member of numerous nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

“Marsha is an inspirational leader. She truly cares for our staff and works hard to assure that patient care is delivered with the highest of standards.”

~Nancy R. Hellyer, CEO & President, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

“Being a nurse myself, I feel that Marsha brings that extra spark and level of professionalism to nursing that is greatly needed in our world today. She is an excellent role model for the Nursing profession.”

~Lori Price, COO, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

What do you value most about your Purdue Calumet experience?

I began my education back in the 70’s at Purdue Calumet. I have had the unique opportunity to see the campus expand and develop just as my continuing nursing education and career did. Despite the growth and the much larger campus, the true value of the Purdue Calumet experience was exhibited by the recognition of the each individual’s unique worth during the educational process. Many nurses began their careers at Purdue Calumet, and I have had the amazing ability to network and maintain friendships with many of them over the years.

What advice would you give to current Purdue Calumet students?

The foundation of your career begins while you are a student. How prepared you are for your clinical assignments, your commitment in class, interaction with staff and faculty determines your future work ethic and professional image. Professionally and personally, a career in Nursing offers daily purpose, continual learning opportunities, cutting age technology, and flexibility. However, relentless commitment to excellence in patient care, a positive attitude and a high level of engagement are what will make you stand out among your peers.