Career ladder: Smith has spent her entire career working for the same hospital. She worked as a staff nurse and later joined the Intensive Care Unit. After being promoted to ICU director, she moved into administration in 2012, and was then promoted to CEO. While working, Smith, 57, earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Siena Heights University and a master's degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University.
Power metrics: Smith leads a 144-bed hospital with about 800 employees and estimated 2015 revenue of $85 million.
Big win: Smith shepherded the hospital through the transition from St. Joseph Mercy, a nonprofit, to its present identity under its new for-profit owner Prime Healthcare.
Board and community connections: Chair of United Way for St. Clair County's 2016-2017 campaign; board member of the Blue Water YMCA, and the Economic Development Alliance for St. Clair County; alumni board and advisory role at St. Clair County Community College.
Power lesson: "Power must be used honestly and with humility in order to be effective. I welcome staff to question my decisions. It makes me a better administrator."
Surprising fact: She was born at the hospital, and her mother served as the assistant to six previous CEOs, working immediately outside the office her daughter now occupies.
Next big goal: Smith aims to earn a spot for Lake Huron Medical Center on the list of the nation's 100 best hospitals. This distinction, granted by Truven Health Analytics, is granted after an institution has met rigorous requirements in patient safety and overall quality.
Quote: "It's not about what I can do alone; it's how I can empower my 800 employees to be excellent at what they do."
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