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Kimberly D. Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Kimberly D. Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nurse Executive


Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, joined University of Iowa Health Care in April 2021 as chief nurse executive (CNE) of UI Hospitals & Clinics. From March 2022 through November 2023, she assumed additional leadership responsibilities as interim CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics and interim associate vice president for UI Health Care.

As chief nurse executive, Hunter leads the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, providing administrative oversight to nursing services, care coordination, rehabilitation therapies, and respiratory care. Hunter fosters a commitment to evidence-based practice; shared governance; nurse recruitment, retention, and professional development; and team-based, interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the continuum of care. She also serves as associate dean for clinical practice in the UI College of Nursing. 

Hunter’s professional experience includes more than 30 years of health care management experience–including nearly 20 years of collective experience at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. 

Hunter earned a Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership from Chamberlain University. 

Hunter is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive Advanced–Board Certified.