Leaders | Debra Flores

Debra Flores, CNO/COO

Debra Flores, MSM, BSN, RN, FACHE

Chief Operating/Nursing Officer

Debra Flores is an accomplished nurse executive and senior health care leader with more than 30 years of experience in hospitals and hospital administration. As interim chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH), she is a dynamic leader committed to maintaining MLKCH’s high standards of care while spearheading significant expansions in both physical infrastructure and workforce quality.

Prior to joining MLKCH, she was Chief Operating Officer of Valley Children’s Hospital, a 358-bed hospital in Madera, California.  She also was the president and administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Port Warwick Ambulatory Center in Hampton, VA, where she oversaw a significant build-out of services, programs and infrastructure.  

Among her many accomplishments, she has implemented electronic medical record systems, spearheaded safety initiatives, and supervised numerous construction projects, including the expansion of the Sentara emergency room, Sentara’s first Orthopedic Hospital and an off-site ambulatory surgery center.

Flores has received many national accolades including: Urban League Silver Star Award for Healthy Families and Communities; Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals Quality Award; Leap Frog Quality Award; Leadership in the Care of Families Award from Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award.

Debra earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University and a Master of Science in Business Management from Troy State University.

Debra has a very adventurous spirit; she’s hang glided over the Chesapeake Bay!  She enjoys music, dance, travel, running, photography, reading and community service. 

Debra is married to her college sweetheart Victor.  They are the proud parents of two children (Maria / Niles) and one granddaughter (Ava).