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RRH’s Deborah Stamps Honored for Leadership in Diversity

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Deborah Stamps of Rochester Regional Health was honored for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion. Provided photo

Deborah Stamps of Rochester Regional Health was among 50 people nationwide honored in May with the Leadership Excellence Award at the 17th annual DiversityFirst National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Stamps, who holds an education doctorate in executive leadership, serves as executive vice president chief nursing education and diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the health system.

As the leader of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office at Rochester Regional Health, Stamps has used a virtual community conversations initiative to encourage people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The conversations have given community members a chance to learn more about vaccine and vaccine safety from Stamps, other diversity leaders, and medical experts.  The conversations were tailored to specific communities such as the deaf and hard of hearing, LGBTA+, veterans, Latinos and people with disabilities.

“I am humbled by the recognition,” Stamps said. “However this is recognition of the entire health system’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“This means that Rochester Regional Health is being recognized for its commitment to health equity, the elimination of health care disparities as well as social detainments of health,” she said. “This award means that I have been identified as a changemaker in the area of diversity and inclusion. It shows not only my personal commitment. It also echoes RRH’s highest commitment to growth and the advancement of an inclusive community.”

Stamps began her career in 1989 as a licensed practical nurse at Rochester General Hospital.

She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Monroe Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned a master’s degree in the Gerontological Nursing Practitioner program at Nazareth College in Pittsford, a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an education doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College.

She is nationally certified as a nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Stamps has served as a nurse manager and chief nursing officer at RRH, and most recently as vice president of quality, safety, and innovation.  She led the strategy that resulted in the expansion of the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing and training programs for home health aides and certified nursing assistants.

She currently leads the new Rochester General College of Health Careers, a continuing education institution offering innovative and hands-on programs where students can earn an associate of applied science degree with a major in nursing as well as other healthcare education.