DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Appoints Chief Nursing Officer


The Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has announced the appointment of Bridget Leonard as chief nursing officer.

“Bridget is a strong nursing leader with expertise in engaging physicians, nurses, and staff enriching the patient experience,” says Patty Jobbitt, interim CEO of RIM. “Bridget is an excellent example of a nurse who cares for her patients, is committed to high quality care, and because of her experience and dedication, can lead other nurses in caring for our patients.”

In Leonard’s new role, she will assume operational responsibility of nursing care at RIM and play a key role in facilitating and directing nursing leadership and quality of nursing patient care. Of her 22 years of health-care industry experience, nearly 10 of them have been with RIM, where she most recently served as interim chief nursing officer. She was responsible for nurse staffing, customer service, and was the patient navigator for the hospital.

Leonard also contributed to achieving and sustaining improvement in clinical outcomes and financial results at RIM. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at University of Detroit Mercy and is an ambassador for the American Heart Association.

Leonard previously spent nine years working for Mariner Health Care Services, where she served as an LPN charge nurse and director of nursing. While there, she oversaw 80 nurses and certified nursing assistants, as well as developed and implemented policies and procedures that improved patient care while meeting state and federal guidelines.

Leonard earned her undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Phoenix-Southfield.