Kathy Bressler is a positive, high-energy, visionary leader who is very mission driven. She joined CHI Health in 2016 as the Chief Nursing Officer from CHI Franciscan Health System in Washington State. While at Franciscan she served for 10 years as President of St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, WA. As Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Kathy led all nursing operations across CHI Health’s 15 hospitals. She moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer after one year serving as the CNO, and she is now responsible to ensure the operations of CHI Health support the achievement of our Living our Mission Measures. Kathy is passionate about employee and provider engagement, leadership development and building a strong culture.
Kathy received her Masters of Nursing degree with a concentration in Community and Leadership from the University of Washington (UW) at Tacoma in 2000. She maintains close ties to her alma mater and was a Clinical Faculty member for UW where she made substantial contributions to the university’s nursing program through her expertise and desire to pass on her experience in leadership to nursing students.
The University of Washington honored Kathy as the Outstanding Alumni of the Year for 2007 and 2015. In addition, she served as a member of the NW Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association and was the recipient of numerous citations for community service. Kathy is the past-President of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen, Puget Sound affiliate and served on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
Washington was Kathy’s life-long home until moving to Nebraska in the summer of 2016 with her husband. Kathy is a proud mother of three children and is enjoying her new role as a grandmother. When she’s not working, Kathy enjoys hot yoga and exploring her new home -Nebraska and southwest Iowa.