SGCMH welcomes new CNO


STE. GENEVIEVE - Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer McBride-Hobbs as Chief Nursing Officer.

If her name sounds familiar, that’s because she was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve, the daughter of Mark and Karen McBride. Jennifer followed the footsteps of her mom who was a nurse at SGCMH for over 25 years.

Jennifer, a 20-year nurse herself, has practiced professional nursing at Southeast Missouri Hospital, Perry County Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, and most recently Kindred Healthcare in St. Louis as Chief Clinical Officer, the leader of professional nursing practice.

Jennifer started out as a bedside nurse, but over the years, she pursued and succeeded in various leadership roles and responsibilities. She applied for a nurse manager position at St. Anthony’s Medical Center and decided she loved that aspect of nursing. She enthusiastically recommends nursing as a career because it is so diverse.

“I always say you can take a dart, throw it at a map and you can find a job anywhere as a nurse,” she said.

Jennifer, her husband Troy and two children had transitioned back to Ste. Genevieve not long ago and she was excited when the CNO position became available following the announcement of Rita Brumfield’s retirement.

“Rita leaves behind a history and a legacy of excellent care at the hospital and I look forward to all the ways we can continue to build on this, and lead our hospital on to further success,” said Jennifer. “I’m excited to be able to work for my home town hospital.”

Jennifer described her role as CNO.

“The chief nursing officer spearheads all the clinical services in the nursing department, and is an active participant with the staff,” she explained. We engage with our staff and make sure they have the tools and resources needed in order to be able to do their job effectively and care for our patients. As I have lived in the community, it’ll be good to get to see the familiar faces of the staff, but I’m also looking forward to meeting those of our staff who may not be from the local area.”

SGCMH CEO Steve Pautler is pleased to welcome Jennifer to the leadership staff.

“Professional nursing includes the caring behaviors, technical skills and critical thinking that keep patients safe in the crucial health care services we offer,” said Pautler. “Jennifer brings a unique perspective, skills and practical experience from her nursing practice. We are very excited to have Jennifer as part of our hospital family and I think you will find her to be a great fit for our organization’s values and an asset to our team. Adding Jennifer to our leadership team will help us pursue our goal of Becoming America’s Best Rural Healthcare.”

Jennifer begins her new position on April 5.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit county owned community hospital that works to continue to improve the health and well-being of the community. Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare.

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