Johnson named hospital chief operating officer; Gosselin appointed chief of nursing.

November 19, 2018

Johnson, left, Gosselin, right.

Johnson named hospital chief operating officer; Gosselin appointed chief of nursing.

LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has recently made changes to its executive team.  Ann “Kate” Gosselin has been named chief nursing officer for Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. She will take over the role recently held by Helen Johnson who was named chief operating officer for Ludington Hospital. 

  Gosselin joined Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital last year as director of inpatient services. Previously, she worked in Ann Arbor as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Systems Leadership Effectiveness Science at University of Michigan where she was also faculty advisor for doctorate nursing practice students. Prior to that, she served as clinical educator in Nursing Business and Health Systems at University of Michigan and also as clinical nurse manager for the Center for Advanced Cardiac Intervention at Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital in Detroit.


Kate Gosselin

“I am grateful for this leadership opportunity here at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital,” Gosselin said. “One of my first priorities will be to collaborate with local community resources to evaluate our connectedness and needs of our local population. Providing safe, effective, compassionate, evidence-based care to our surrounding communities will be at the forefront of all our future endeavors.” 

  Gosselin, a native of Chicago, received a bachelor of science nursing degree from Saint Mary’s at Notre Dame in 1990. In 2010, she received a master of science nursing degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and, in 2014, she received a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rush University School of Nursing – Nursing Systems and Leadership in Chicago. She also is a certified emergency nurse (CEN) through the Emergency Nurses Association.

Gosselin is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the U.S. and Michigan Emergency Nurses Associations, American Organization of Nurse Executives and National Communication Association. She has published various clinical and research articles and posters and has presented on a variety of clinical topics.

Gosselin relocated to Ludington in December, 2017 from Brighton where she lived for 20 years.

“Kate’s work ethic and professional development efforts have put her on a trajectory for a nurse executive role,” said Johnson. “We’re excited about the work Kate has already done here and looking forward to her future plans working with our nursing teams.”

Helen Johnson

Regarding her own new role, Johnson said she is excited and honored to be named chief operating officer and to be taking on oversight responsibility of Ludington operational services.

  “I love working at this facility and at a top-ranked health system, serving the community where I grew up,” Johnson said. “As a nurse, it’s always been my calling to care for people. As a health care executive, part of my role is to care about our staff and physicians, helping them to be successful in their roles, develop professionally and be the best they can for their co-workers and our patients.”

  Johnson’s new role comes on the heels of being selected by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) as one of two health care executives in Michigan for its Healthcare Leadership Award. Johnson received that award in June. She was selected based on providing exceptional leadership to a health care organization and for her contributions to the health and well-being of the community.

  “The choice for selecting our COO was very clear,” said Randy Kelley, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and northwest market leader for Spectrum Health. “Helen has done a tremendous amount of work on safety and quality initiatives that help improve patient experiences and outcomes. She knows all areas of the hospital and has deep experience in operational leadership. She has worked extensively over the years with medical staff and board leadership and also has a keen sense of the day-to-day running of the organization. It’s a very fitting role for her, and I know she’ll do well in it.”

  Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, she worked in a variety of nursing management roles in several northern Michigan hospitals. She first joined the Ludington hospital, then called Memorial Medical Center, as a nursing supervisor, and has since taken on positions with increasing responsibility and oversight. In 2012 she earned fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned Nursing Executive Advanced Board Certification through the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).   

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