Service Improvement

Meet your Nursing Services Administration

Marilyn Dubree, Executive Chief Nursing Officer




Marilyn Dubree, Executive Chief Nursing Officer is ultimately responsible for Emergency Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Marilyn's career at Vanderbilt started in 1976.  She has held positions as Clinical Nurse Specialist of Surgical Services, Director of Surgical Nursing, Director of Operational Improvement and became Chief Nursing Officer in 1994.  Marilyn's leadership style is participative and collaborative.  She has been instrumental in the growth of the shared governance model at Vanderbilt.

Pam O. Jones - CNO, VUH Associate Hospital Director for Patient Care Services

Pam Jones is the Associate Hospital Director for Patient Care Services and Nursing for Vanderbilt University Hospital.  She is primarily responsible for the inpatient nursing service. 
Prior to accepting this new role, Pam has served as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice and Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing since 2002.  Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Pam served in several leadership positions including the Chief Executive Officer for The Baptist Women's Pavilion Hospital and the Chief Operating Office at Tennessee Christian Medical Center.

Pam earned her Bachelors and Master's Degree in Nursing from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  She also worked early in her nursing career at Vanderbilt as a staff nurse and a Unit Coordinator. 

Brent Lemonds, Administrative Director


Brent Lemonds, MS, RN, EMT-P, FACHE

Administrative Director of Service Improvement


Brent is a Tennessee native that has had a career spanning 30 years including time as an EMT, Surgical ICU nurse, Paramedic Educator, Ambulance Service Director, Air Medical Service Director, Director of Emergency Department and Trauma Services, and now Administrative Director.  He has earned an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Union University ('85), a Bachelor's Degree in Education from University of Memphis ('93), and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis ('99).  He was advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007 and is Board Certified in Healthcare Management.

He continues to participate in professional education through conference speaking engagements.  He has served as a consultant to the Tennessee EMS Board since 1991 and was the first Paramedic Educator appointed by the Governor to the Board.

At Vanderbilt he is responsible for the following areas:

  • Environmental Services
  • Food Services
  • Co-Chair of the Medical Center's Service Improvement Committee


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