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The Providence Center Appoints Deborah O’Brien President

Posted: Wed, March 15, 2017

(TPC) has announced the appointment of Deborah M. O’Brien, BS, RN, MPA as its new President effective April 1, 2017. O’Brien is only the organization’s third president since its founding in 1969.

O’Brien joined The Providence Center in 1995 as Director of Quality Improvement. She earned her BS in Nursing in 1985 and Masters in Public Administration in 1996, both from the University of Rhode Island. She previously held positions at South Shore Mental Health Center (Rhode Island) and Rhode Island Hospital.

“We feel very fortunate to have Deb leading us in this turbulent health care environment,” said James Botvin, President of the organization’s Board of Trustees. “She knows that everything we do is built from the ground up, beginning with the highest quality services for everyone we serve and with innovation that comes from the staff members who are on the front lines of providing this service.”

“I’m honored to take on this new leadership role, said O’Brien. “It’s very exciting to be part of The Providence Center, an organization that is so committed to innovation, new models of providing service, and new financing models.  The organization is strong and getting stronger.”

O’Brien replaces Dale K. Klatzker, Ph.D. who will transition to a position as Senior Vice President of Population Health at Care New England. TPC became an affiliate of the Care New England health system in 2014.