President and Chief Operating Officer, The Providence Center
Deborah M. O’Brien, BS, RN, MPA is president and chief operating officer of The Providence Center. She joined The Providence Center in 1995, first as the Director of Quality Improvement. Mrs. O’Brien was named chief program officer in 2004, and became the organization’s chief operating officer in 2009. She was named vice president in 2012, then assumed the role of president in 2017.
Mrs. O’Brien began working in health care as a staff nurse at Rhode Island Hospital, and started in the behavioral health field at South Shore Mental Health Center in Charlestown, RI. There she went on to hold management roles in various departments, including psychiatric \services, rehab services and the emergency and assessment service team. During her full-time employment at South Shore, she also worked part-time for Hospice care.
Because of her nursing background, Mrs. O’Brien is the de-facto chief nursing officer for The Providence Center, and she has also been involved with a number of boards and professional affiliations, including URI’s Nursing Advisory Board and About Families, Inc.
She has both a nursing degree and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island.