Deb Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, Baldrige Executive Fellow, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services

Deb Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN, Baldrige Executive Fellow, is the vice president of nursing and patient care services at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Deb has been a nurse for more than 30 years, starting as a staff nurse at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital before quickly becoming a nurse leader and program manager.
Deb has been with EMHS, Eastern Maine Medical Center's parent organization, for more than 20 years with varying clinical and leadership positions. Deb started at EMHS in 2002 as director of Medical Informatics. She has also held the positions of administrator for patient care services at EMMC, vice president for patient care services and performance improvement and compliance officer at Acadia Hospital, and vice president of organizational effectiveness at EMHS before accepting her current position.    

Deb earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Binghamton University, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Saint John Fisher College. Deb also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester, and is a Baldrige Executive Fellow. Deb has completed the Baldrige Examiner Orientation, and she is also a Certified Yellow Belt.
Deb is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and has received the Donate Life Award from New England Organ Bank. She has been awarded the Board Chair's Award and the Irene Gray Outstanding Campaign Volunteer Award from United Way of Eastern Maine, a Splash Award from Eastern Maine Medical Center, and the Nursing Exemplar Award from University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Health Executives, Association for Nurse Executives, and Rotary International.
"Have the passion, take the action, and magic will happen" – Bar Refaeli. This is Deb's motto, and it is a motto she strives to implement at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
"I enjoy working at Eastern Maine Medical Center and holding a leadership position where I can work to remove barriers so nurses can deliver the very best care to our patients. This is my passion."