After a national search, USA Health has chosen Deborah Browning, MSN, RN, CENP, as chief executive officer of its Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Browning has previously served as chief nursing officer and interim administrator.
“We have been so impressed with what Debbie has accomplished in the relatively short amount of time she has been in leadership positions at Children’s & Women’s Hospital,” said Owen Bailey, USA Health CEO and senior associate vice president for medical affairs.
Since stepping in as interim administrator in 2021, Browning has overseen the renovation and expansion efforts of the only pediatric emergency center on the Alabama Gulf Coast, among other initiatives. Plans call for the center to open this winter.
“I believe this is a time of unprecedented growth for our hospital, and I look forward to leading the teams responsible for best meeting the health care needs of our community,” said Browning.
Prior to joining Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Browning served as chief nursing officer at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. She also was responsible for women’s and children’s service lines at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.
Browning also has completed the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nursing Director Fellowship and serves on several AONL committees at the national level. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Phoenix.
USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital, with 152 patient beds and 158 bassinets, has the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and pediatric emergency department in the region.