Bridging the gap between the clinical team, the IT team and the design team is my passion. Aligning the clinical workflow with the technology requires communication, coordination, and facilitation. Advocating with a clinical perspective and design focus creates an opportunity for me to improve patient care delivery.
Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN
Principal, Healthcare Innovation Consulting
Understanding how technology is used in clinical settings requires knowledge of workflow, design, and construction. Based on her 30 years of experience as a nurse, healthcare consultant, and interior designer, Debbie is an industry-leading advocate for clinical representation to build functional healthcare environments that improve safety, efficiency, and patient outcomes. She has become an effective liaison between the clinical, architectural, engineering, and construction communities. Debbie’s unique experiences allow her to effectively guide the design process toward outcomes that improve efficiency for end users. Debbie’s ability to be the eyes and voice of the patient and clinician with an understanding of the design and construction process has added value for healthcare clients.
In addition to her work in the design and construction of facilities, Debbie hosts educational summits that bring healthcare leaders, technology experts, and visionaries together to discuss the future of the healthcare delivery model and integration of technology. Emerging topics covered during these summits include OR integration, telemedicine, healthcare apps, eICU, FDA guidelines, along with physician and hospital liability.
Debbie has published numerous articles regarding healthcare design that have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses Nursing Matters, IIDA Perspective Magazine, Healthcare Design Magazine, Medical Construction and Design, and Nursing Management. She is also a frequent speaker at healthcare design related trade shows and conferences.
In 2009, Debbie co-founded the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design which has grown to more than 100 members. She is also a past president of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design. She was the recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s Healthcare Hero – Innovator Award in 2011.
Debbie received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1984. In 2009, she received a degree in Interior Design fromWatkins College of Art and design. Debbie completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota in 2016. In addition to her time dedicated to SSR, she is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing.
Debbie is an avid home decorator, gardener, and antique shopper. Her most memorable vacation was to Venice, Italy to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary. Debbie and her family enjoy SEC football, traveling, and the beach.