March 2008 Volume 32 No.3
Debra Green begins directing
Medical Staff Services

The Medical Staff at SHC, which Debra Green began serving Feb. 25 as director, medical staff services, is in the midst of a governance overhaul. But she said the changes just made her feel more at home.

“It’s a positive change and I’m looking forward to it,” Green said, noting Stanford is moving to a governance model that has long been in effect at most hospitals across the country — including UCSF, where she had served as director of medical staff services since July 2006. At SHC, and also in a dual position at Packard, Green succeeds Sandi Edgar, who retired in February after 20 years.

Why move so quickly after only 18 months to what Green quickly points out is a lateral move? Candidly, she said, it was the long commute from Fremont to UCSF, three or four hours roundtrip each day. Driving across the Dumbarton to Stanford is easier and “gives me more time to work and do everything else I need to do in my life.”

Now at SHC, Green says she is noticing other similarities besides a governance structure evolving toward the national model of an elected chief of staff: UCSF, she notes, is just preparing to convert from paper to an electronic health record, just as Stanford gets ready to launch Epic. So, she says, the dynamics of that conversion process is not unfamiliar.

On the national front, Green says she’ll continue her role as a board member for the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS).

Green comes to Stanford with 18 years experience in medical staff services. She started as a credentialing manager in her home state of Michigan at The Detroit Medical Center. Her last job before UCSF was as manager, medical affairs and credentialing services at Virtua Health System, Marlton, N.J.

“I really loved working with doctors starting with my first job in the field in Detroit in 1990, and so from there I pursued my education to gain more responsibility in credentialing and medical staff services,” she said. Green received her B.S. in business administration from Wayne State University in 2003 and then went to graduate school to pursue a masters in public administration with a concentration in healthcare management and policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She completed her final courses at UC Berkeley and Cal State-East Bay for transfer back to Rutgers last December.

“I’m just waiting for them [Rutgers] to mail my diploma,” Green said.

“Sandi Edgar left everything in excellent condition, and I’m grateful. So right now I’m learning my new position and looking forward to working with the next chief of staff — whoever wins that election.