Clinical Placement Coordinator

28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 309
Phone: (828) 654-6499

Katie is a WNC native, member of the first BSN class at WCU, and registered nurse – retired with 40 years of experience in clinical and administrative nursing in the public and private sectors. Katie enjoys program development and medical legal investigation. Her early clinical career included rural healthcare in the community hospital setting and public health where she helped set up the first High Risk Perinatal Clinic in Jackson County and served on the state perinatal standards committee. After a career as risk and claims manager with St. Joseph’s Hospital, now merged with Memorial Mission Hospital and the owner of Kal-Comp, Inc., a private legal nurse consulting business she joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2001 as a member of the litigation team pioneering the nurse paralegal role. As a member of the litigation team, Katie analyzed healthcare records, assisted attorneys in evaluating cases for appropriate experts, and provided case summaries and chronologies of care in medical malpractice, personal injury and products liability matters, as well as drafting legal documents.

The next chapter began in August 2015 at Western Carolina University with the School of Nursing as the Clinical Site Coordinator acting as a liaison with the clinical facilities, preceptors and students.

Personal time includes her leadership role in her church and member of the WCU SON Development Council, scrapbooking about her grandchildren, travels with husband Bill, and genealogy research.

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