Kathy Howell

Chief Nursing Executive at UCHealth

Kathy Howell, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N, NEA-BC, is the chief nursing executive for UCHealth, a nationally recognized health care system with operating revenue of $5.4 billion and a workforce of more than 28,000 people. UCHealth includes 12 Colorado hospitals, with about 2,000 inpatient beds and more than 150 clinics in Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

Ms. Howell joined UCHealth in January of 2018 and is responsible for the continued clinical integration and advancement of nursing practice across the system.

Ms. Howell also serves as chief nursing officer for University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), a nationally recognized academic medical center with almost 700 inpatient beds and 6,000 employees. UCH is the only academic medical center in Colorado and is the academic hub of the UCHealth system.

Prior to joining UCHealth, Kathy was the senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, MO. As an accomplished health care executive, Kathy led the clinical integration strategy and continued advancement of nursing practice and allied health disciplines across the 10-hospital Saint Luke’s Health System.


  • Chief Nursing Executive

    Current role