DEBRA ANDERSON, PH.D., M.P.H.
Senior Planner/Director of Planning, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Virginia. 1998 - present.
Following the merger of Sentara Healthcare and Tidewater Health Care in June 1998, have served as
Senior Planner/Director of Planning for Sentara Healthcare, an integrated delivery system comprised of
hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home care, physician offices, nursing homes, health plans, and
related organizations. Provide support for strategic, operational, program, facility, site, equipment, and
community health planning, including Certificate of Public Need (COPN).
Director of Planning, Tidewater Health Care, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1988 - 1998.
Following the acquisition of Portsmouth General Hospital by Tidewater Health Care (THC), served as
Director of Planning of THC, a health care system comprised of Virginia Beach General Hospital and
Portsmouth General Hospital and related organizations. Provided support in strategic, programmatic,
facility, operational, and community health planning, including COPN.
Director of Planning and Marketing/ Director of Planning and Special Projects, Portsmouth
General Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. 1985 - 1988.
Provided support in planning and marketing, including COPN. Provided management oversight of:
senior services program, Urgency Care Center, patient representative program, and community
Director of Planning and Community Affairs, Schoitz Medical Center, Waterloo, Iowa. 1981 -
Health Planner, Program Development Associate, Community Relations Associate,
Subarea Director, Iowa Health Systems Agency, Des Moines, Iowa. 1977 - 1981.
Research Assistant (part-time), Health Revenues and Expenditures Study, University of North Carolina, School of
Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1976 - 1977.
Study Associate (part-time), Adolescent Pregnancy Study, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1976 - 1977.
Health Planner (part-time), North Carolina Division of Health Services, Raleigh, North Carolina. 1976 - 1977.
Study Assistant (part-time), Pregnancy, Birth Control, and Abortion Study, University of Hawaii, Honolulu,
Study Assistant (part-time), Child Care Study, Office of the Governor, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. 1974.
Multiphasic Screening Program Assistant (part-time), Kaiser Foundation Medical Center and Health Plan,
Honolulu, Hawaii. 1972 - 1974.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Old Dominion University. 2005 - present. HPRO 660/CHP
775/HLSC 875: Health Planning. MPHO 615/CHP 651: Health Services Administration.
Guest lecturer in health services classes at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University, Virginia
Commonwealth University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa. 1979 -
Instructor (part-time) in health planning at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. 1993 - 1994.
Curriculum Vitae, Deb Anderson, Page 2
Ph.D. Old Dominion University, College of Health Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia. 1998. Dissertation:
“Measurement of Hospital Performance: Environmental and Organizational Factors Associated
M.P.H. University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Health
B.A. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. Sociology and psychology. 1974.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Virginia Department of Health State Medical Facilities Plan Task Force
American Health Planning Association
American Public Health Association
Virginia Public Health Association
Virginia Health Information Outpatient Task Force
Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Data Advisory Committee
United Way/ Sentara Day of Caring Coordinator
Past Volunteer with Chesapeake Care Free Clinic
Volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia
Access Partnership Board