For over 30 years, Debbie has served as a healthcare leader who has helped many clients transform clinical operations and patient care delivery. She specializes in collaborating to optimize resource coordination and mobilize innovative, sustainable solutions to improve access and quality across the care continuum.
Healthcare transformation is an exercise of continuous, iterative process improvements that challenge the status quo and address key areas, including processes, technology, outcomes-based care models, access, quality and affordability.”
For more than three decades, Debbie has helped healthcare leaders achieve and sustain optimized clinical operations and patient care delivery models. Focusing on engagement planning, performance and business management, data collection and analysis, and delivery models, she has helped her clients build a sustainable foundation for continued innovation and excellence.
Throughout her career, Debbie has taken a collaborative approach to help her clients transform clinical operations, effectively coordinate resources, redesign and optimize processes from end to end, and improve access to care. She has served a range of clients, including leading academic medical centers, complex health centers, community hospitals, acute healthcare organizations, ambulatory operations, children’s hospitals, cancer centers, and integrated healthcare delivery organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Applying her decades of experience as a registered nurse (R.N.) and a healthcare leader, Debbie has helped healthcare leaders optimize the management of key areas, including colorectal, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and perioperative surgery programs. Her strategies and expertise span the key functions of delivery, including operations redesign and reconfiguration for the acute care and emergency departments, care management, population health strategy, patient throughput, nursing productivity, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory in global academic and community environments.
Before joining Huron, Debbie spent five years on the senior leadership team within Deloitte’s life sciences healthcare division, where she guided complex clinical operations engagements and led implementations for a range of healthcare clients. She has also held executive leadership positions at many healthcare organizations, including Navigant, McKesson, Awarix and AMS Advanced Medical Services. As a medical administrator, she has served many roles, including that of director of the department of surgery, emergency and cardiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center and the director of surgery at Providence St. Joseph Health. For two years, she served as a clinical nurse within the surgery department, then as the administrative director of the pediatric operating room, where she was nominated Los Angeles County nurse of the year and employee of the year.
Debbie holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California (USC). She also earned a diploma in nursing from USC’s Keck School of Medicine and a Lean Six Sigma black belt certification.
Over the years, Debbie has frequented panels, forums and speaking events, presenting regularly at conferences for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She also serves as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA).
Areas of Expertise
- Performance Improvement
Education & Certifications
- MBA, Pepperdine University
- B.A., University of Southern California
- R.N., University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, University of Denver