Karen (Kathy) Reno
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Reno's research interests have been in effective organizational structures, most specifically around virtual learning communities. This work has extended into understanding how the built environment can assist organizations to increase efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.
She has been involved with the Evidence Based Design movement and was a contributer to the study guides published for preparation for the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) offered to architects, healthcare designers and providers.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Reno spent over 35 years in healthcare administration roles. This career paty led her to assist the UIC College of Nursing in developing the Executive Nursing Leadership (ENL) DNP program. She developed the curriculum for this program and coordinates most of the specialty courses for the program since 2007. UIC's ENL DNP program was one of the first in the country to offer this specialty and to be provided online.
Serving / Practice
Dr. Reno continues to practice as a consultant for Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International as a managing consultant for the Safe Health Design service she assisted in developing and growing. This service works with facilities around the globe to integrate evidence based design with applicable standards into building projects for safer, more efficient operations. She has provided consultation and education to healthcare leaders in Qatar, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Turkey, Bolivia, Mexico, Lebanon, as well as many organizations in the United States.
Dr. Reno holds permanent residency in Naples, Florida as well as a home in the Chicago area.
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Current Research Projects
Dr. Reno serves on the advisory board on a HRSA grant (10500997) obtained by Provena St. Joseph's Medical Center on Leadership at the bedside.