Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Swartz, the chief nurse executive and chief administrative officer at UK HealthCare, for her recent induction into the UK College of Nursing Hall of Fame!
Dr. Swartz earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1987 and her doctoral degree in nursing practice in 2011 from the UK College of Nursing. Established in 2006, the UK College of Nursing Hall of Fame identifies distinguished graduates and their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession.
Dr. Swartz became chief nurse executive for UK HealthCare in December 2008 and was appointed chief administrative officer in February 2017. Dr. Swartz oversees UK HealthCare’s more than 4,000 nursing service employees, which includes more than 2,000 full-time registered nurses. With the help of Dr. Swartz’ leadership and vision, our nurses play a vital role in enhancing our patients’ healing process and are instrumental in providing the world-class care available at UK HealthCare.
Among her many accomplishments at UK HealthCare, Dr. Swartz helped us earn Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in February 2016. Magnet status is the gold standard for nursing excellence, and out of nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations in the United States, fewer than 7 percent have achieved Magnet designation.
Her prior experience includes serving as chief nursing officer at a regional community hospital, director of emergency and trauma services, flight nursing and as director of the Capacity Command Center for UK HealthCare.
Congratulations on this awesome recognition, Dr. Swartz!
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