Deborah Strickland

MBA, R.N., NEC-BC Contact Deborah Strickland

Deb Strickland

Deborah has more than four decades of experience as a healthcare leader and coach. She is committed to helping organizations transform patient care and facilitate change through high-performing teams.

About Deborah

Transformation is that continuous state of movement to achieve desired outcomes. It begins with ‘one small step’ that, when coupled with other ‘small steps,’ generates momentum.

With more than 40 years of nursing experience, Deborah is committed to enhancing and transforming patient care. She works with healthcare leaders to increase care safety and quality, analyze and improve performance, and design organizational structures that support employee retention.

Prior to her time with Huron, Deb has:

  • Helped organizations raised physician engagement scores (including nursing care and quality of care) in 12 months.
  • Assisted in the $81 million construction of a replacement patient tower inclusive of patient access, engagement, quality and safety improvements.
  • Initiated Leap Frog and Institute for Healthcare Improvement patient safety strategies, developing nursing performance indicators to support organizational goals.
  • Worked with leaders to dramatically reduce organizational turnover and vacancy rates.

Prior to joining Huron, Deborah was the chief nursing officer at Sumner Regional Medical Center and Middle Tennessee Medical Center (St. Thomas Rutherford) as well serving in numerous mid-level nursing leadership positions.

Deborah is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and frequent speaker on healthcare employee, physician and consumer engagement as well as leadership skill development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Design and Alignment
  • Cultural Change
  • Engagement


  • Healthcare

Education & Certifications

  • MBA, Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • B.S. West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse Executive-Board Certified

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