Deborah Feldman is the fourth president and chief executive officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital. In her role, she leads a team of more than 400 physicians and residents, 1,800 staff members and 500 volunteers providing specialized pediatric care at the main hospital, three outpatient specialty care centers, four testing centers and an outpatient center offering urgent care, rehab and diagnostic services. The organization annually provides care for more than 290,000 children and families from 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana with patient revenues of over $330 million.
One of only 38 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the Dayton region’s only medical facility dedicated to children. Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pediatric training program. This unique partnership is a national model of excellence and continues to lead to cost savings and a reduction in duplication of services for both public and private payers.
Debbie joined the organization in July 2012 and led the development of the Destination 2020 plan that set the vision and path for future mission success. The new plan outlines a strategic framework that ensures that Dayton Children’s grows and thrives while remaining true to the original mission since its founding by local leaders, of providing the highest quality pediatric care to all children regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Currently she serves on the board of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and chair of the Child Advocacy Committee of the Children’s Hospitals Association.
Throughout her career, Debbie has been engaged in strategic leadership and managing complex issues and organizations. Prior to leading Dayton Children’s, she served Montgomery County for 30 years, first in the finance and budget office, and later as director of human resources. In 1988, Debbie was promoted to county assistant administrator. In 1997, the County Commissioners selected Debbie to be the County Administrator, a position she held for 15 years. In that role, she led many critical community health successes, including the Montgomery County Healthcare Safety Net Task Force and the establishment of the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton. Other community initiatives for which she provided leadership were the Homeless Solutions Ten Year Plan, a community-wide initiative to end chronic homelessness, and the Out-of-School Youth Taskforce focusing on reconnecting high school dropouts with educational opportunities. Debbie was also involved with many economic development initiatives in Montgomery County including the development of Riverscape and the Austin Road interchange.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Debbie has a strong record of community service. She serves on the boards of the Dayton-area Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Art Institute and chairs the Montgomery County Family & Children’s First Council. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland- Cincinnati Branch. She is a past board member of the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, Central State University, Montgomery County Children Services, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Hillel Academy, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.
Her contributions and expertise have been recognized by the YWCA Women of Influence Award, Dayton Daily News Top Ten Women Award, and Dayton Daily News 2006 Person of the Year and by the Dayton Business Journal as one of 2011’s 10 most influential people.
Debbie holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Miami University and a master’s of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She is married to Bruce Feldman, is the mother of two children, Amy Knopf, 31, (Gary Knopf), and Jason Feldman, 25, and grandmother to Ava Knopf (Jan. 28, 2014) and Blake Knopf (June 2, 2016).
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