Karen Colby

Karen Colby, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Position Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
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About Me

About Me

Karen is a dynamic leader who brings great energy and a true passion for patient care as well as strong leadership capabilities. As the Chief Nursing Officer, Karen is responsible for Nursing Operations over the Innovation Centers, Diagnostic Services, Pharmacy, Patient Experiences, Patient Safety and Accreditation and Nursing Education, Research, Practice and Outcome for our System of Care.


355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Valparaiso University
    Master of Science in Health Administration, University of St. Francis
    Pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Public Health, focus Community Health, Walden University

Certificates & Licenses

  • NEA-BC, Advanced Nursing Administration Certification
    State of Illinois, 2005 - present

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American Nurses Association
  • Past Board Member, Lake County Health Department Live Well Steering Committee
  • Past Board Member, Journey Care Palliative Care and Hospice

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Poster Presentation: Charge Nurse Residency Program Promotes Frontline Leadership
    National Magnet Conference, 2016
  • Poster Presentation: Follow the Yellow Brick Road; Strategic Alignment with IOM Future of Nursing Report
    National Magnet Conference, 2013
  • Livestrong Grant

Work History

  • 1997 - 2009
    Director, Medical /Renal/Dialysis Services/Pulmonary / Med-Tele/Inpatient Wound Care/Oncology
    Northwest Community Hospital
  • 2009 - 2012
    Director, Oncology/ Orthopedics/ Medical-Surgical Neurology/Inpatient Wound Care/Palliative Care/Orthopedic Service Line Program Director
    Northwest Community Hospital
  • 2012 - 2013
    Vice President of Patient Care Services
    Northwest Community Hospital
  • 2013 - 2014
    Vice President of Patient Care Services/Associate Chief Nursing Officer
    Northwest Community Hospital
  • 2014 - 2017
    Associate Chief Nurse Executive, Director of Operations
    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital