Deborah’s career in healthcare has been equally divided across health information management (HIM) health information technology (HIT)*. In both areas, Deborah has held leadership positions with multi-facility, national provider organizations. Her experience spans acute and post-acute settings. She has been with AHIMA since June 2012 and serves as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Deborah has an MBA from Georgia State’s Executive MBA program and a BS in HIM from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) with AHIMA, and is a member of HIMSS, and NAHQ. She is a previous member of CHIME and the GA CIO Leadership Association. She has been active with AHIMA, the Long Term Care CIO Consortium and other national healthcare and data quality initiatives. She was recognized in 2000 by AHIMA when she was awarded the national Visionary Award. In 2004, she was nominated for the Georgia Woman of the Year in Technology. Over her career, Deborah has spoken and written extensively for industry professional associations.
* Prior to joining AHIMA, Deborah served as CIO for LaVie Care (formerly Centennial Healthcare); Deborah drove the alignment of IT with operations and enabled major applications, platform and other infrastructure changes during a time of significant economic challenge for the industry. LaVie Care (now Consulate Management) was multi-facility, national skilled care organization supporting over 150 facilities. The company had over 19,000 employees, revenues of over $1B, 16000 beds, and over 9000 systems users. Prior to joining LaVie and its predecessor organizations, Deborah led system's strategy and enterprise-wide initiatives for Mariner Post-Acute Network (now Sava Senior Care). Deborah worked in the acute care industry with AMI (now Tenet) where she led divisional and ultimately corporate support services for Quality Improvement, Health Information Management, Utilization Management and Accreditation. Deborah’s experience includes working with the CDC on an extensive national data collection and analysis effort, to support more effective nosocomial infection prevention and control measures.
AHIMA is the premier association for health information (HIM) professionals, servicing 49 affiliated component state associations and more than 72,000 members. It is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge”. AHIMA is a respected authority for rigorous professional certification and one of the industry’s most active and influential advocates in Congress.