Dr. LaDonn Dickens began at The Center in 2023 as a Consultation Program Specialist II with a passion for healthcare equity. She aids the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program (DRCHSD) team in improving financial and operational performance in collaboration with Rural Health Centers to ensure benefits from value-based care initiatives to promote productive healthcare outcomes for population health.
Before beginning at The Center, Dr. LaDonn Dickens was a registered nurse for over 27 years, working in various specialty areas such as maternal care, emergency care, and critical care for adults and infants. She also worked as a tenured professor and interim dean of the nursing department for a community college, a community health educator, a hospital operations administrator, and a systems patient safety manager for two inner city hospitals and seven clinics.
Her career started as a licensed practical nurse, she then graduated from the Registered Nursing Program at Kennedy King City College, moved on to receive her Masters in Nursing Education from Walden University, and then her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Virginia University of Lynchburg.
When she is not working with the Delta Program, she enjoys vacationing, participating in community service, cooking, and engaging in social activities with her family, miniature Shih Tzu “Rocky,” and her friends.