Kim Cooper

Kimberly D. Cooper

Kimberly Cooper has been a Registered Nurse for more than 20 years. She started her career as a Neonatal ICU nurse at a children’s hospital in central California. She moved to Washington in 2005, working in NICU and as a Charge Nurse, Pediatric/Neonatal Educator, and House Supervisor.

Cooper came to Mason Health as Infection Prevention/Employee Health Manager in 2017. She has been a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) since 2017.

"I can truly say my job is never boring and I truly enjoy what I do. I have a passion for safety and wellness," she said.

In 2019 and 2021, Cooper's work was instrumental in Mason Health obtaining a Top Performer Award from Washington Hospital Services, for the organization’s commitment to employee health and safety.

Mason Health was one of five winners who completed the Top Performer challenge in 2021. The challenge involved completing a rigorous two-part safety assessment and audit.

The assessment and audit are meant to help identify possible gaps in employee safety and health programs and ensure that policies and procedures follow current and new state laws.

“This year’s challenge really focused on ensuring that our policies are aligned with new state laws, for example, those involving outdoor heat exposure,” Cooper said in 2021. “With the recent heat waves we have been experiencing, we need to make sure our employees have enough water, are taking their breaks and that we are able to identify which of our workers require protection. We asked ourselves, ‘Do we have the right policies and procedures in place?’”

The initial audit took place in April 19, 2021, and the deadline to complete any corrective action plans was Aug. 31, 2021. In the intervening months, Cooper worked with various departments to close any safety gaps that emerged during the audit. In addition to ensuring the District offers a program to protect employees working in extreme heat, Cooper worked to create procedures around accident reporting, ensured Mason Health could provide hearing protection, and worked with the Maintenance Department on training in place for working on live electrical panels.

In her spare time, Cooper loves spending time in the outdoors with family and passing along her passion for adventure to her 7 grandchildren.

Environmental Stewardship

Greenhealth partner for change

In 2021, Mason Health earned its first Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The District won the award again in 2022.

Cooper was a member of the Green Team of department heads and frontline health care workers formalizing the District’s sustainable health care initiatives.

From left, Mason Health Chief Development & Communications Officer Jennifer Capps and Program Manager: Infection Prevention, Employee Health & Safety Kim Cooper celebrate Mason Health’s Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award. Both are members of Mason Health’s Green Team at the forefront of sustainability initiatives at the District.

Read more about the Practice Greenhealth award in the October 2021 issue of SCOPE magazine and in this press release.

PGH award 2022

Composite Photo by Cooper Studios | Mason Health’s Green Team, clockwise from left: Lori Genson, Intraoperative Services Manager; Patrick O’Neil, Director of Facilities Engineering; Trevor Madison, Environmental Services Manager; Sean Hazlett, Director of Supply Chain; Kim Cooper, Program Manager: Infection Prevention, Employee Health & Safety; Stephanie Gunter, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager; Jennifer Capps, Chief Development & Communications Officer; and Laura Grubb, Compliance Officer. Not pictured: Kevin Keller, Senior Director of Human Resources; Lindsay Roberts, Laboratory Manager; Ashlee Johnson, Culinary & Nutrition Services Manager; Matt Cummings, Culinary & Nutrition Services Supervisor; Jon Hornburg, Senior Accountant, and Won Lee, Database Administrative Analyst.