Cooper University Health Care’s Chief Nursing Officer Named “Nurse Executive of the Year”

Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-BC

Kathy Devine, DrNP, NEA-BC

Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Cooper University Health Care is the recipient of the 2021 Nurse Executive Award by The Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey. This award, which will be presented in early December, recognizes Dr. Devine’s exceptional leadership, guidance, and service to the nursing profession and in particular to the Cooper University Health Care system.

“We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Kathy Devine,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper. “Throughout the pandemic, Kathy provided steady, compassionate, and inspirational leadership to her entire team and our patients under the most challenging circumstances.”

“Kathy is the ultimate professional and well respected by everyone– from our medical staff to our nurses and our support team members. Kathy is a tireless advocate for nurses as well as patients and their families and Cooper is fortunate to have her on our leadership team,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper.

Dr. Devine is responsible for professional nursing practice across the continuum of care to ensure safety, service, and quality outcomes for Cooper University Health Care’s diverse patient population. In addition, she has administrative and operational leadership responsibility for Nursing and Patient Care Services. As senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Dr. Devine continues to advance nursing practice by engaging her nurses to redefine how nursing is practiced in today’s dynamic health care environment to better support Cooper’s mission to serve, to heal, and to educate.

Dr. Devine has held various leadership positions during her tenure at Cooper. Prior to her current role, she served as the executive director for the Centers of Urgent and Emergent Services, Critical Care, and Hospital-Based Services, managing a comprehensive range of clinical programs. As a professional nurse, she has a diverse clinical background with experiences in adult and pediatric critical care nursing, emergency and trauma nursing, as well as flight nursing. She received her MSN and DrNP from Drexel University, and obtained her nurse executive advanced certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University.

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