Drawing upon over 45 years of professional experience, Judith M. Murray is a distinguished figure in the fields of medicine and health care administration. Retired since 2023, she previously served as the institutional review board manager for Munson Medical Center, a part of Munson Healthcare, in Traverse City, Michigan, beginning in 2006. She has remained a board member of the medical center since 2006. Ms. Murray initially joined Munson Healthcare in 1980, serving in cardiac care, the cardiac catheterization laboratory and cardiac rehabilitation until 1983. Subsequently, she served with the nursing pool in 1984 and in the oncology unit in 1985. As time progressed, Ms. Murray also excelled as the manager of the Outpatient Infusion Clinic between 1986 and 1988 and was a radiology nurse and manager between 1988 and 1990. From 1990 to 2001, she served within the venous access specialty, and from 2001 to 2009, she was an educator for staff development.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Murray also thrived with the medical intensive care unit at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, a part of Trinity Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, between 1978 and 1980. She commenced her career with the neurology unit of Borgess Medical Center, part of Ascension, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1977 to 1978. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in 1977 and, thereafter, became a registered nurse. She was also certified as an IRB Professional (CIP) in 2012. Likewise, during the 1980s, Ms. Murray was certified in advanced and basic cardiac life support and first aid through the American Heart Association.
A former member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates and a current member of PRIM&R, Ms. Murray was recognized as the Most Valuable Person by Munson Medical Center in 2017. Outside of her primary efforts in health care, she has lent her time to various charitable and civic initiatives, including serving with several international mission trips via Youth with a Mission to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Israel. Likewise, Ms. Murray has been a volunteer with 4H, the National Cherry Festival, the Grand Traverse Heritage Festival, the Traverse City Christian School, the Cornerstone Christian School and New Hope Community Church.
Among the many highlights of her career, Ms. Murray is especially proud of her tenure as the institutional review board manager, noting that it has been a significant position in her professional career. She is also gratified by the opportunity to be one of the first nurses to perform chemotherapy treatment at Munson Medical Center. Over the course of her career, Ms. Murray spearheaded numerous changes in the health care system, including altering the dress code from an all-white attire with hats to providing practitioners with opportunities to wear colored uniforms without hats. In the coming years, she intends to write an inspirational book for others to read.