Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer | Baptist Health Lexington
Karen Hill, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Baptist Health Lexington. Dr. Hill holds an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Lexington Technical Institute (now BCTC) (1978) as well as BSN (1987), MSN (1990) and DNP (2010) degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Dr. Hill oversees operations in the acute care hospital and outpatient centers with over 2800 employees. Baptist Health Lexington has been designated as a Magnet® organization three times under Dr. Hill’s leadership recognizing the organization internationally for nursing excellence.
Dr. Hill serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nursing Administration, an international scholarly peer reviewed journal. Shel processes over 350 manuscripts for JONA annually and produces 12 editions a year for over 13,000 subscribers in 66 countries.
Dr. Hill presents internationally on leadership development, bringing evidence to practice, tips for publishing and working with an Editor, leading an intergenerational workforce and the retention of experienced older employees among other areas of expertise. Dr. Hill has over 65 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author of a book on creating a research environment in a community hospital to be released in 2018. She was inducted in the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2012.
Dr. Hill is the chair of Commerce Lexington, as well as the Chairperson of the Hospital Advisory Commission for The Joint Commission.