Kopser Named Senior Nursing Administrator for Chandler Hospital
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2009) - Kathleen G. Kopser has been named senior nursing administrator for UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
"Kathleen has devoted her entire nursing career, spanning more than 30 years, to Chandler Hospital, most recently as acute care services director and interim chief nursing officer," said Ann Smith, chief administrative officer, UK Chandler Hospital. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role, as well as a strong dedication and commitment to the mission of UK HealthCare."
Kopser will be responsible for all nursing practice in UK Chandler Hospital with direct responsibility for Acute Care Services, Critical Care Services, Inpatient Cancer Services, Patient and Family Services, Capacity Command Center and transitional units.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be part of the growth and positive change that is occurring within UK HealthCare," said Kopser. "I look forward to the challenges facing nursing in this exciting and dynamic environment."
Kopser received bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She holds a certification in nursing administration from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). While working at UK Chandler Hospital she has been the recipient of the M.J. Dickson Clinical Excellence Award as well as the Diana Weaver Leadership Award. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Association of Nurse Executives.
Kopser started her career at UK Chandler Hospital in 1976 as a nurse working with cardiology patients. The next year, she went to the Kidney Transplant Unit where she remained for five years. In 1983, she was responsible for developing the hospital's first Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Because of her interest in oncology nursing, when the UK Markey Cancer Center opened in 1986, she became the second nurse manager for the surgical oncology unit. In 1990, Kopser managed the opening of the medical oncology unit on the third floor of Markey and assisted in moving the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit from the hospital to the Markey Cancer Center. She eventually became the nursing director for Markey and also became nursing director for the fifth and sixth floors of the hospital as well as for Inpatient Cancer Services and Acute Care Services.
"Kathleen's strong background and experience will be valuable assets as we meet the challenges of developing nursing strategies at the enterprise level," said Colleen Swartz, enterprise senior nurse executive for UK HealthCare. "I welcome her leadership as we partner to continue to integrate the patient care team providing excellence in all aspects of care delivery."