Title: (Retired) Nursing Administrator, Educator, Chief Executive Officer
Location: Great Falls, Montana, United States
Marjorie Hartog-Vander Aarde, Nursing Administrator, Educator, and Chief Executive Officer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in healthcare administration and education.
Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde began her higher education at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, where she earned a diploma in 1960. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University in 1975, and a Master of Science from Texas Women’s University in 1982. She continued her education, and earned an additional Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado in 1990. At first, Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde wanted to be a doctor, but was barred from a pre-med group meeting because it was for men only. Undeterred, she went into nursing, and found that she loved the work more than she imagined. She went on to become a registered nurse in the states of Montana, Michigan, and Illinois.
After working as a staff nurse in the emergency department operating room at Holland City Hospital, Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde became a consultant for the American Mission Hospital in Kuwait, where she spent eight years. During her time abroad, she was diagnosed with a knee tumor, and feared having to stop clinical nursing, but her husband convinced her that she still had the mind for it, and could act as a mentor, allowing others to handle duties she was unable to do. She continued her nursing career, and pursued more administrative roles, excelling in every position she held.
Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde returned from Kuwait and became a staff nurse at Montana Deaconess Medical Center, where she would remain until 1997. She achieved great success during her service at the hospital, rising through the ranks, serving as a charge nurse, staff educator, head nurse for critical care units, critical care education coordinator, assistant director of education, assistant vice president, and eventually vice president of human services in 1990. Ultimately, in 1993, Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde became the director of human resources at Montana Deaconess Medical Center, until her departure in 1997.
Following her departure from Montana Deaconess Medical Center, Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde became the chief operating officer for Coalinga Regional Medical Center in 1997. She became the chief executive officer in 2000, and went on to achieve a $1.7 million turnaround in under a year, without terminating a single employee. She then served as the bureau chief of the Certification of Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Public Health for the state of Montana until 2006, when she retired, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Montana Department of Health and Environmental Science. In addition to her educational, administrative, and nursing achievements, Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde was an active member at her local church, participating in the choir and playing the organ or piano multiple times a month. She became a certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2008. Ms. Hartog-Vander Aarde’s experience, excellence, and dedication to nursing education and administration solidify her as an elite healthcare executive.
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