Deborah Royalty, RN, MEd, NE-BC

Chief Administrative Officer

As a member of The Permanente Medical Group’s executive team, Deborah provides operational oversight and strategic direction for several functions within the organization, including TPMG Consulting Services, TPMG employee-related Human Resources including labor relations, capital process oversight, communications support and direction, the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences, culturally responsive care and inclusion, Medical Group Administrators, and regional executive support operations.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which is formally affiliated with TPMG and has 1,800 physicians and staff  providing care for nearly 800,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Deborah first came to The Permanente Medical Group in 2007 as the medical group administrator for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Service Area. During her time at KP South Sacramento, she served as the chief operating officer responsible for all medical group operations in the area. She also helped lead the transformation of the South Sacramento medical center from a small community hospital to a tertiary care Level II Trauma Center.

Before she joined TPMG in South Sacramento, Deborah spent 10 years working in several leadership roles for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States in the Washington, DC area. Some of those roles included regional nurse executive and area administrator of the Northern Virginia Service Area. As the area administrator she worked in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and had oversight responsibility for all Kaiser Permanente medical center operations in Northern Virginia.

Deborah also worked for Inova Fairfax Hospital, a 900-plus bed tertiary care medical center, in Falls Church, Virginia, for several years where she served in various leadership roles, including administrative nursing director, house supervisor, and director of the Level I Trauma Center Emergency Department and Inova Medical AirCare, the organization’s helicopter medevac service.

She is a certified nurse executive and maintains professional memberships with several organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a licensed RN in California and Virginia.

Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in Health Education from George Mason University in Virginia. She was named one of the top 50 graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing at their 50th anniversary celebration in 2011