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Levy Appointed Dean of Health Occupations
MILWAUKEE (Sept. 7, 2005) Dessie Levy has been appointed dean of Health Occupations
at Milwaukee Area Technical College, effective Oct. 10. She currently is manager of Outpatient
Health Services/Academic Clinics for Milwaukee’s Aurora Sinai Medical Center, a partnership
between Aurora and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Family medicine residents
participate in health care training programs through the partnership.
In July, Levy was named Administrative Nurse of the Year by the National Black Nurses
Association, which represents 150,000 African-American nurses in 76 chapters nationwide.
She has worked as a nurse and health care administrator in Milwaukee for 23 years. Before her
current position, she was the manager of women’s health at Aurora Sinai Medical Center.
Levy holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Cardinal Stritch University, a
bachelor’s degree from Marian College in Fond du Lac, a diploma in women’s health from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Planned Parenthood and a diploma in nursing from
Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She is the president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the
National Black Nurses’ Association, Inc.; on the board of the Wisconsin Nursing Redesign
Consortium; and a participant in numerous other local health care associations and committees.
Her extensive professional background also includes positions as perinatal coordinator/women’s
health nurse practitioner at Columbia/St. Mary’s Hospital; director of the Healthcheck Program
and an OB/GYN nurse practitioner at United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, Inc.;
clinical nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Unit; and charge nurse on the medical/surgical unit at
the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Levy Appointment/Add One
“Ms. Levy brings with her a wealth of connections in the Milwaukee-area health care
community, which is of utmost importance to our health occupations programs,” said MATC
Interim Provost James Walsh. “She will be able to open many doors to provide quality clinical
placements for our students, which is crucial to their education. These connections will also help
our health occupations students secure good jobs following graduation. We feel very fortunate to
have been able to hire such a qualified person to run one of our rapidly growing educational
George Hinton, a vice president of medical education and of Aurora Sinai Medical Center,
described Levy as “a good, compassionate leader who cares about the community and about
delivering good health care. She’s very knowledgeable about medical issues, particularly as they
pertain to nursing. I definitely see her as an asset in bringing understanding of the reality of
delivering health care to the educational process.”
The largest technical college in the state, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of
the economy in southeastern Wisconsin. MATC offers more than 170 degrees and certificates,
including transfer credits allowing students to complete their sophomore work toward
baccalaureate degrees at participating four-year colleges and universities. About 57,000 students
per year attend the college’s four campuses, numerous evening centers and distance learning
programs. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses right here at home.