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Kim Blanton named UK HealthCare chief nursing officer


/ by UK HealthCare

Kim Blanton, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, has been named the chief nursing officer for cardiovascular services, neurosciences, interventional services and infection prevention and control at UK HealthCare.

Blanton is a board-certified nurse executive with more than 23 years of progressive nursing experience, including key management positions throughout UK HealthCare.

Blanton completed her master’s in health care administration at the University of Phoenix in Arizona in 2009, followed by her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Kentucky in 2020.
She began her career in 1998, serving as a critical care nurse in the UK HealthCare neurology intensive care unit.

Blanton took on multiple nursing leadership roles during her initial 11 years before leaving in 2008 to serve as director of critical  care nursing for Pikeville Medical Center. In January 2011, she rejoined UK HealthCare as a hospital operations administrator.

Prior to accepting the chief nursing officer role, Blanton was the enterprise nursing operations director for the cardiovascular service line, interventional services and infection prevention and control.

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