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Kim’s Story

Working in a Community that Cares

For 15 years, Kim McCullen, NNP, enjoyed her work as a neonatal nurse practitioner in a highly regarded downstate hospital. So much so, the mother of two fully expected to retire there. But when Munson Medical Center decided to hire four neonatal nurse practitioners, McCullen uncharacteristically decided to explore a life change.

"My husband and I are not spontaneous people by nature, but we vacationed here every year and the possibility of moving to Traverse City was not something to ignore," said McCullen. "After I interviewed with physicians and nurses, and toured the unit, I knew it would be a perfect fit."

McCullen was one of four neonatal nurse practitioners hired by Munson Medical Center to ensure a constant presence covering high-risk deliveries and patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), said Steven St. Charles, MD, medical director of the hospital’s NICU. "We decided to pursue recruitment of the nurse practitioners in order to complement the group of two neonatologists currently practicing in the NICU, the result of which has elevated the care level tremendously," he said. "With their superior
skill sets for the most acutely ill infants, we have found that our obstetricians grew to depend on them, ultimately expecting that level of care on a consistent basis."

The growing field of neonatology means further expansion is expected in the next few years, St. Charles said. "The demand is there," he said. "It is a real opportunity for someone who wants to live in a family-centered community in addition to practicing in a hospital with a reputation like Munson has."

McCullen couldn’t agree more - she even recruited a colleague from her former employer to join her in the NICU. "Munson allows us to do it all, from responding to the most serious cases to appreciating the quiet victories of sending healthy babies home," she said. "And what’s more, I’m in a community
that has embraced my family, doing the work I love to do. It doesn’t get any better than this." Read More Employee Stories