Jennifer Haworth has announced her pending retirement as Mission Integration director for Mercy Health Muskegon, with her last day scheduled for Friday, December 27, 2019.
Since her arrival to Mercy Health Muskegon in 2015, Jennifer has provided significant contributions to strengthen and advance Mercy Health Muskegon’s Identity as a Catholic health ministry and has fostered our colleagues’ deepened connection with our Mission and Core Values, as noted by Michael Sanderl, Chief Mission Officer, Trinity Health Michigan. “I want to thank Jennifer for her stewardship of the Spiritual Care Department and positioning Mission Integration for increased leadership in this area,” continued Sanderl.
Through her passionate and heart-felt leadership, Jennifer has been integral to bringing Schwartz Rounds to Mercy Health Muskegon, as well as introducing several Founder’s Day celebrations, such as Mercy Day and Hackley Day that celebrate our legacies and history of healing. Jennifer also was very involved in the design work of the Divine Mercy Chapel and served as a champion for Living Our Values. Spirit-at-work programming expanded significantly during her tenure to include the Chapel Series, Advent and Lent online retreats, Health Care Stations of the Cross and the annual Colleague Remembrance Service.
“It has been such a privilege to serve together with our Mercy Health colleagues these past four years, so many of whom have the mission deep in their bones. Thank you for showing me in so many ways and on an almost daily basis how the good people of Mercy Health Muskegon continue to live the healing ministry of Jesus in our community,” said Jennifer.
“I am so very grateful to my many colleagues who have collaborated with me as partners in mission,” she continued. “I could not have succeeded in creating and strengthening the infrastructure to sustain and carry forth our mission and identity without the amazing generosity of Mercy Health’s leaders and colleagues.”
“The four years Jennifer spent in Muskegon truly helped ignite our culture, and her presence with us will have a long-lasting impact,” said Gary Allore, president, Mercy Health Muskegon.
A continued, deep commitment to Mission Integration and the role of the local Mission Leader remains at Mercy Health Muskegon. Sanderl and Allore will be collaborating to coordinate the search process for the next local Mission Leader.