Chief Nurse Executive, UK HealthCare
Moreland is a board-certified Nursing Executive and has more than 25 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK HealthCare. She was appointed as chief nurse executive in the fall of 2019.
Her prior experience includes serving as the ACNE for Kentucky Children's Hospital from 2014-2019, nursing operations administrator for Kentucky Children's Hospital Birthing Center from 1995-2011 and clinical staff nurse in obstetics from 1992-1995.
Moreland began her career as a child/adolescent psychiatry nurse and a staff nurse in obstetrics, before moving into supervisory and managerial roles.
Dean, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
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.
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, Advanced Practice and Strategic Outreach
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).
In 2008 she founded and still directs the Office of Advance Practice. 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.
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, Ambulatory & Oncology
Patty Hughes currently serves as Assistant Chief Nurse Executive with responsibility for ambulatory care, oncology, infusion services, and pain management. Hughes has more than 20 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK HealthCare. Prior to serving as Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, she served as oncology nursing service line director (2009 – 2016), 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 managerial roles.
Dr. Hughes holds a DNP degree and is a board-certified Nurse Executive. She is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Areas of interest include patient centered care, staff engagement, standardization of care across the continuum, and implementation of care models in ambulatory care settings.
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, Good Samaritan Hospital
Mathews is a board-certified Nursing Executive and has more than 20 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK HealthCare. Mathews completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 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
Assistant Chief Nurse Executive Kentucky Children's Hospital & Nursing Professional Practice
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 leadership role.
Isaacs continues to work to provide opportunities for the professional growth and development of nurses at all levels of practice.
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 perioperative nursing.
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, a board-certified Nursing Executive has also be 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.
Marc Woods is a nurse executive with more than 27 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK HealthCare and Eastern State Hospital. He completed his Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration, in 2017 and is currently working on his Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership, at the University of Kentucky. Prior to working as assistant chief nurse executive in behavioral health, he served in numerous leadership roles at Eastern State Hospital, a facility managed by UK HealthCare.
In 2013, Woods played an integral role in transitioning Eastern State Hospital from its old location to the new facility on Bull Lea Road in Lexington, representing a new collaboration with UK HealthCare. He has used that opportunity to move toward providing more integrated behavioral health care for the hospital’s patients in partnership with UK HealthCare.
Woods has driven several quality-based initiatives throughout UK HealthCare, including suicide prevention strategies, special observations, and seclusion and restraint reduction efforts. In 2014, he led an initiative at Eastern State Hospital that addressed seclusion and restraint rates, challenging a decades-long culture of overutilization. The effort yielded a sustained 80% reduction in the use of seclusion and restraint from previous years.
Woods is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders.