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Atrium Health executive retiring to the bicoastal life
Debra Plousha Moore transitions June 30
Published Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

Debra Plousha Moore is retiring from full-time work, but not Charlotte.

Moore, executive vice president and chief of staff at Atrium Health, is leaving her post on June 30. She and her husband John will return to her family’s home in San Francisco, but plans to commute cross-country to visit family and participate in local initiatives.

Retiring Atrium Health Chief of Staff Debra Plousha Moore, right, is retiring June 30, but plans to continue her work as a mentor to women professionals, among her other interests.

“I’ve got two grandchildren [here], so I’ll be coming back to Charlotte,” Moore said. “This whole time I lived in Charlotte and gone back to California. I have a son there, a beautiful daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and my family. Now I’ll travel from San Francisco to Charlotte.”

Moore, who has spent 45 years in education, healthcare and human resources, joined Atrium Health as senior vice president in 2008. She was promoted to executive vice president in 2013 and chief of staff in 2016.

“As a human resources professional and as an educator, I understood the timeline to a career path,” she said. “There is a definition and so we consider an older worker age 45 and then at age 60 to 67, you should be in transition preparing the next generation to lead, so if I hold on to this role too long, the next generation misses its opportunity.”

Moore’s leadership has been key to Atrium’s growth as a business and community asset, CEO Eugene Woods said. Her initiatives to provide mentoring and improve communication within the company have made it a better place to work.

“As a catalyst and leader of positive change for Atrium Health, Debra has passionately formed our organization into a top place to work – not just in this region, but also in the country,” Woods wrote in announcing Moore’s retirement.

“Since I arrived at Atrium Health, Debra and I have partnered together to connect our talent to our Destination 2020 strategy roadmap, and her expanded role as System Chief of Staff has allowed Atrium Health to tackle many important initiatives. I have always been impressed by her devotion and ability to make things happen in a unique way that’s both effective and compassionate.”

Said Moore: “I look at Atrium Health and what we’ve done is stay committed to our mission of help, hope and healing for all and anytime we could extend ourselves to create a better patient experience, a better client interaction, an opportunity for reasonable work, I’m very proud that Atrium Health engaged. And with that engagement came growth and as an organization we’ve broadened our commitment to more communities but I also feel we’re uplifting the standard and the quality of our health care and the engagement of communities through work.”

Moore said she will continue her work with local businesses and nonprofits such as the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Third Bank, Bennett College and Queens University, where she is executive in residence. She’ll also continue to mentor young professionals. At Atrium Health, Moore was executive sponsor for the Women’s Executive Leadership Group, Women’s Executive Development Program and the Men's Diversity Leadership Development Program. She has mentored with Central Piedmont Community College’s Ruth Shaw Mentoring Program and Bank of America’s Global Ambassadors.

“I have been blessed with incredible mentors, coaches and sponsors,” she said. “I would not be in this office as a health care executive without the people who supported me from a very early age and it seemed they always knew what was next for me before I did. I believe in Luke’s words: ‘For much who has been given, much is expected.’ To pay back is a gift and a blessing, so I try to have an open door policy and it is important for me to share experience and advice so I will still want to do that work.”


Debra you will be missed, we have felt your drive and compassion for Teammates, Patients and families and we are Blessed to have you with us.
Posted on May 30, 2018
What a remarkable and blessed woman of the Most High God!
Posted on May 29, 2018

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