Deborah (Deb) Sanford

Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Deborah (Deb) Sanford, MBA, MSN, RN is the vice president of nursing and patient care services for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
As a true patient advocate as well as experienced leader, Deb works hard to integrate strategic planning, development, and standards of care to improve patient experience quality and financial outcomes. These areas of focus are all critical to successful Nursing/Patient Care Services operations. She is also a key member of the leadership team that ensures compliance with quality standards as it relates to the care provided to all patients.
Drawing from her years of nursing and leadership experience, Deb also defines and implements a unified nursing culture that will promote a multidisciplinary care model approach for advancing the continuity of care.
She is passionate about the pursuit of excellent patient care and treating patients as if they were a part of her own family, which is another top priority in her life. Deb also enjoys making a difference in her community and profession.
Deb contributes to her profession and community by being involved in a variety of organizations. She is a member of the Maine State Board of Nursing, a returning board member of the United Way of Eastern Maine (previous past president) and is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Society member.
Prior to joining Northern Light Health in 1996, Deb was a nurse leader at Strong Member Hospital, University of Rochester; an adjunct faculty member at St. John Fisher College and a Financial Analysist for Morgan Stanley & Company.
BSN – Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
MBA – University of Rochester, Simon School of Business, Rochester, NY
MSN – St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Executive Fellow; Baldridge Executive Fellow Program
Deb became vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services in January 2015.

Favorite Quote:
“Have the passion, take the action and magic will happen.”
~ Bar Refaeli