Novia Strategies Welcomes Katherine Hillburn, Consultant

Kathy Hillburn

With significant experience in perioperative operational improvement, governance, physician engagement and quality, Katherine Hillburn brings additional bench strength and deep subject-matter expertise to Novia’s consulting team

March 28, 2017

POWAY, Calif. — Novia Strategies is pleased to welcome Katherine Hillburn in the position of Consultant, bringing additional bench strength and deep subject-matter expertise to Novia Strategies’ hospital and system clients across the country.

“Kathy is a proven healthcare leader with an intense focus in creating positive physician and staff relationships, improving quality and patient satisfaction, enhancing revenue and productivity, and reducing costs,” says Bill Denton, COO of Novia Strategies. “She excels at process improvement and planning, and her ability to initiate and drive positive change enables her to create realistic implementation plans to execute the strategy.”

Katherine has an established track record as a healthcare consultant. She has led numerous perioperative and other projects resulting in tangible results, enabling clients to significantly improve their operating room efficiency through improved first case on-time starts (FCOTS), turnover times, suite utilization and schedule management. Prior to healthcare consulting, Katherine established herself as a strong nursing and perioperative leader in a variety of hospital environments. Past positions include Chief Nurse Executive with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where she helped achieve the Magnet Status re-designation as well as full Joint Commission accreditation, and Surgery Nurse Manager with St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, where she ensured the efficiency of 27 operating suites and 170 staff.

“I feel that all the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years has led me to Novia Strategies,” says Katherine Hillburn, Consultant with Novia Strategies. “This position allows me to combine my passions for patient-centered care, creating positive environments for physicians and staff, and the absolute need for efficient operations, and to bring this knowledge to organizations throughout the country.”

Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alaska and her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Wharton Fellow through the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and a Board Certified Nurse Executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also an active member of various organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Kathy can be reached at or 858-486-6030.

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