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Dr. Colleen Morley DNP RN CCM CMAC CMCN ACM-RN FCM is the Associate Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Care Continuum for University of Illinois Health System, and the current President of the Case Management Society of America National Board of Directors. She has held positions in acute care as Director of Case Management at several acute care facilities and managed care entities in Illinois, overseeing Utilization Review, Case Management and Social Services for over 14 years; piloting quality improvement initiatives focused on readmission reduction, transitions of care, care coordination through better communication and population health management. 


Dr. Morley is proponent of Project RED having completed her DNP dissertation on readmission reduction using Project RED as the basis of her intervention and has implemented RED principles for more than 15 years.


Her current passion is in the area of improving health literacy. She is the recipient of the CMSA Foundation Practice Improvement Award (2020) and ANA Illinois Practice Improvement Award (2020) for her work in this area. Dr. Morley also received the AAMCN Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year in 2010 and the CMSA Fellow of Case Management designation in 2022. Her first book, “A Practical Guide to Acute Care Case Management,” published by Blue Bayou Press was released in February 2022. Her second book, “A Practical Guide to Hospital Readmissions Reduction: A Case Managers’ Guide” will be released in early 2024. 


Dr. Morley has over 20 years of nursing experience. Her clinical specialties include Med/Surg, Oncology and Pediatric Nursing. She received her ADN at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL; BSN at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, MSN from Norwich University in Northfield, VT, and her DNP at Chamberlain College of Nursing. 

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