Michael Jongsma, R.N., has been named to lead Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance’s 750 nurses as the hospital’s chief nursing officer — taking an executive role in the hospital where he was born.
Jongsma, who has served in the interim post since the beginning of the year, has been with Providence since 1999. He joined the hospital as an emergency medical technician in the Emergency Department and over the years earned his degree in nursing. In 2007, he became director of nursing for cardiovascular services for the 436-bed medical center.
“Michael brings to our hospital a wealth of nursing experience and a reputation for being a champion for nurses,” said Mary Kingston, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “He is supportive, insightful and he challenges his teams to work collaboratively to continually improve upon patient care. He has proven himself an excellent asset to our team.”
Jongsma wants to lead the hospital in designing a professional, evidence-based nursing strategic plan to receive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. The ANCC designation indicates top quality nursing and includes research components.
Jongsma received his associate’s degree in nursing from Los Angeles Harbor College, attended California State University, Los Angeles, for bachelor’s courses and received his master’s in nursing from Walden University, where he now is working on a doctorate.
He was born at the former Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, as were two of his and wife Erin Jongsma’s four children, who range in age from 4 to 18. Jongsma grew up in Redondo Beach, and the family resides in the South Bay.