Dr. Karen Hill, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
Inducted October 4, 2017
Dr. Karen Hill is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Baptist Health Lexington. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Lexington Technical Institute in 1978, then a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing in 1987, a Master of Science and Nursing in 1990, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2010 from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Dr. Hill oversees operations in the acute care hospital and outpatient centers supervising over 2,800 employees. Under her leadership, Baptist Health Lexington has been designated as a Magnet® organization three times, an international recognition for nursing excellence.
Dr. Hill leads Baptist Health System initiatives including co-chair of the Value-Based Steering Committee and the Operations and Efficiency Council. She has organized, on behalf of the Baptist Health System based in Louisville, over 55 affinity groups of disciplines across the state to share best practices in resources, leadership, and staffing.
Dr. Hill also contributes to her profession in numerous ways including serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nursing Administration, an international scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Dr. Hill has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author of a book to be released in 2018 on creating a research environment in a community hospital. She is well known for her expertise in leadership development, presenting internationally on topics such as 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 topics. She was inducted in the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2012.
Dr. Hill is active in the community. She is the chair-elect of Commerce Lexington, as well as the Chairperson of the Hospital Advisory Commission for The Joint Commission. She serves and supports various community health-related charities and is an usher in her church.
"We are excited to honor Dr. Karen Hill for her success, but even more, for her commitment and support to the BCTC nursing programs. From work on advisory groups, speaking at pinnings, legislative advocacy, and supporting scholarships, she has been a contributor, reaching back to help others throughout her career."
-Dr. Augusta Julian