Montgomery Gains MSMS Award

December 27, 2007
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Dr. Carole Montgomery became a hospitalist before the term was common.

"Back then, nobody knew what it was," said Montgomery, recently named by the Michigan State Medical Society as Woman Physician of the Year. A 1987 graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, she completed her residency at Butterworth Hospital in 1990.

"As an intern in the first year of my residency, I said I really like general internal medicine, but I don't like outpatient practice. I really enjoy practicing in the hospital."

Her mentor at the time encouraged her to do just that. So she signed up with Michigan Medical PC, the large multi-specialty group.

"When I started in 1990, it was just me," she recalled. "Now we have 23 physicians who are hospitalists and practice out of the Butterworth campus."

As a hospitalist, Montgomery oversees the hospital care for inpatients admitted by her MMPC colleagues. Her impact doesn't stop there. Active in the leadership and board of directors of the physician-owned MMPC, Montgomery also has dedicated herself to quality improvement, and that's what prompted the MSMS recognition.

"Quality improvement is really huge in the medical industry and in the health care industry and within MMPC," she said. She has been involved with numerous committees working on quality initiatives as outlined by organizations such as the Joint Commission and The Leapfrog Group. HQX

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