Nursing Leadership

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 August 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 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, 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, Md., 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
UK HealthCare

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 include study around 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 the A.B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, 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.

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