Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Dr. Janie Heath was appointed dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing for the UK College of Nursing on Aug. 1, 2014.
She was formerly an endowed professor of nursing and the chief academic officer at the University of Virginia and Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia and now Georgia Regents University). She has provided academic leadership for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Heath earned her Master of Science Degree, with a clinical nurse specialist focus, from the University of Oklahoma and her post-master’s with an acute-adult nurse practitioner focus from the University of South Carolina. She completed her PhD in nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in 2004.
She has more than 38 years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various positions from staff to administration to advanced practice and academia. She has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, and has served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives. Her primary research program of study involves workforce development using the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation Curriculum to effectively intervene with tobacco-dependent populations in acute and primary care settings.
In addition, Dr. Heath served as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), served as the inaugural chair for the Beacons of Leadership Initiative in Pursuit of Healthy Work Environments, a 30-hospital-wide collaborative in the Washington–Baltimore, area for the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN and founded the Nurses for Tobacco Control national coalition for nurse educators.
Colleen H. Swartz, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief nurse executive
Colleen Swartz became chief nurse executive at UK HealthCare in December 2008. Her prior experience includes serving as chief nursing officer at a regional community hospital, as director of emergency and trauma services flight nursing and as director of the Capacity Command Center for UK HealthCare.
Swartz holds a DNP degree, master’s degree in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist in trauma/critical care and an MBA. She has completed the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in management for nurse executives.
The integration of production systems strategies to optimize the care delivery model is of primary interest to Swartz. Her research interests also include study of clinical deterioration and early warning systems deployment in adult and pediatric populations.
Kathleen Kopser, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Senior nurse administrator
Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Kathleen Giauque Kopser is the senior nurse administrator for UK HealthCare’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Prior to accepting this position in 2009, she served as the interim chief nursing officer for Chandler Hospital and KCH, and as director for acute care services, inpatient cancer services and renal dialysis. She began her career in a small, 80-bed hospital in Ohio but then returned to her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, in September 1976 and has been employed by UK HealthCare since that time.
Raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, Kosper earned her BSN and MSN degrees at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Most recently, her clinical focus has been in oncology nursing, specifically the care of bone marrow transplant patients. She is the recipient of both the MJ Dixon Quality Nursing Award and the Diana Weaver Leadership Award, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is also certified in nursing administration through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Lacey Buckler, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NE-BC
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive
Advanced Practice and
Buckler is board-certified as an acute care nurse
practitioner and has more than eight years of progressive nursing experience,
including key management positions within nursing and advanced practice. Since 2006, she has been integrally involved
in advanced practice work, including serving as inpatient APRN supervisor (2006
– present) and cardiovascular nursing services director (2012 – present).
she founded and still co-directs the Office of Advance Practice with Vicky
Turner. Buckler began her career as a
cardiovascular staff nurse before moving into supervisory and managerial roles. With this new position, Buckler will maintain
her director role for inpatient Cardiovascular Services.
Patty Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive
Hughes is a board-certified Nursing Executive and has more
than 20 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management
positions throughout UK HealthCare. Prior to serving as interim ACNE, she has also served as oncology nursing
service line director (2009 – present), Patient Care Manager for Markey 2nd
floor (2003 – 2009) and the Clinical Coordinator for the University of Kentucky
Blood Brain Barrier Disruption Program (2000 – 2003). Hughes began her career
as a medical surgical staff nurse, before moving into supervisory and
Mathews, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Mathews is a board-certified Nursing Executive and has more than 18 years of progressive
nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK
HealthCare. Mathews is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice
with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. Prior to working as interim ACNE,
she has also served as administrator for Capacity Management (2009 – 2014) and
the patient placement coordinator (2005 – 2009).
Prior to joining UK
HealthCare, Mathews served as a flight nurse with PHi Air Medical Services from
2003 to 2005. Mathews began her career
as a staff nurse in the UK Emergency Department, before moving into supervisory
and managerial roles.
Gwen Moreland, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive
Kentucky Children's Hospital
Moreland is a board-certified Nursing Executive
and has more than 19 years of progressive nursing experience, including key
management positions throughout UK HealthCare. Moreland is currently working on
her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an anticipated graduation date of 2016.
Prior to working as interim ACNE, she has also served as nursing operations administrator
for Kentucky Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Birthing
Center (2007 – 2014), patient care manager for the Birthing Center and Newborn
Nursery (1995 – 2011) and perinatal outreach coordinator (1994 – 1995).
began her career as a child/adolescent psychiatry nurse and a staff nurse in
obstetrics, before moving into supervisory and managerial roles.
Kathy B. Isaacs, PhD, RN
Director, Nursing Professional Development
Kathy Isaacs assumed the director of nursing professional development
role in September 2013. Her previous experience was in the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit at UK HealthCare serving as a staff RN, assistant patient care manager,
clinical nurse specialist and patient care manager. Isaacs holds a PhD in
nursing with a focus on qualitative research. She received training with the
Center for Creative Leadership in Coaching to provide support to those in a
Isaacs continues to work to provide opportunities for the
professional growth and development of nurses at all levels of practice.
Robyn Cheung, PhD, RN
Director, Nursing Professional Practice & Innovation
Robyn Cheung is a registered nurse and obtained her PhD at
the University of South Florida. Her post-graduate work includes a
post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and policy at the
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing under the direction of Dr. Linda
Aiken, director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Dr. Cheung was
an integral member of the research team and a significant contributor to the
seminal paper detailing the association of hospital BSN-prepared nurses with
lower rates of mortality, published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association. During her nine-year tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr.
Cheung published several papers in highly regarded journals.
In 2011, Dr.
Cheung relocated to Lexington, where she is the director of nursing professional
practice & innovation for UK HealthCare.
Julie L. Hudson, RN, MS, CNOR
Enterprise Administrator for Perioperative Services
Julie L. Hudson joined UK HealthCare in September of
2013. Her prior leadership experience
includes director of perioperative and endoscopic services at a community
hospital as well as two level one trauma centers in the Midwest. Her 32 years of nursing practice includes
clinical expertise in accreditation, intensive care, pediatric and
A native of Illinois, she began her career in a rural
hospital in Crawford County. Hudson
holds both associate and bachelor’s degrees in Nursing. She earned her master’s in Nursing
Administration at the University of Illinois.
Hudson has been certified in perioperative nursing since
1990. She is a member of both the Association of Perioperative Registered
Nurses and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served as president and board member
for Urbana-Champaign AORN chapter, visiting clinical instructor at the
University of Illinois, and has generated several national publications,
abstracts and presentations.