Colleen Kearney serves as the administrator of medical, surgical and neonatal services at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. Mrs. Kearney received her Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson University and her Master of Science degree in Nursing, as an advanced practice nurse, from Felician College. She earned a post-graduate certificate in Health Education/School Nursing from Caldwell Community College and was certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner by Rutgers University. In addition, Mrs. Kearney is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board-certified family nurse practitioner and nurse executive.
In her role as administrator, Mrs. Kearney provides value-based leadership to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children Hospital by giving direction, advice and oversight to the hospital’s management and staff in the areas of quality care, regulatory requirements and fiscal accountability. She collaborates with other departments, medical professionals, consultants, and organizations, to develop, support and coordinate patient care, related to administrative functions, and to represent the interests of the organization. She has responsibility and accountability for the delivery of patient services, program and faculty practice operations, budget and personnel for the outpatient and inpatient medical, surgical and neonatal services. She oversees clinical and business managers in the development of policies, procedures, and systems, to deliver an exceptional patient experience that improves the organization's effectiveness and the quality of patient outcomes. Her clinical leadership and expertise helps guide evidence-based nursing practice.
Mrs. Kearney chairs the hospital-wide Provision of Care Committee and is an active member of the Nurse Executive Committee, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Leadership Group, the Bioethics Committee, Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, and Joint Commission Steering Committee. She participates in departmental, hospital-wide committees and councils including Children Hospital Service Line, Neurosurgery Service Line, Faculty Practice Administrator Forum, Nurseries Committee, Nursing Leadership and the Neonatal Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) team.
Mrs. Kearney has also been instrumental in the development of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a nationally-recognized and legislatively-supported program for the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect. During her extensive career at HackensackUMC, Mrs. Kearney has worked in a number of specialty divisions within the Children’s Hospital including Neonatal Intensive Care, the Institute for Child Development and special school services. Mrs. Kearney continues to serve as family nurse practitioner.
Active in several professional societies, Mrs. Kearney participates in organizations including the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the New Jersey State Nurses Association, the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.