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Delores Brisbon

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
He That Dwell In The High Places Of God Will Be At Peace.

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1933
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
He That Dwell In The High Places Of God Will Be At Peace.

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1933
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Hospital CEO Delores Flynn Brisbon was born February 12, 1933, in Jacksonville, Florida, to Felton A. and Inez Ellis Flynn. Brisbon attended Douglas Anderson Elementary School and graduated salutatorian from Stanton High School in 1950. Brisbon earned her B.S. degree in nursing from Tuskegee University in 1954; later, in 1974, she was awarded a sociology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1954 to 1956, Brisbon worked as assistant to the director of nursing services and as a clinical instructor for Tuskegee University’s John Andrew Hospital. In 1957, Brisbon became director of Nursing Services at Dillard University’s Flint Goodridge Hospital. Moving back to Tuskegee, Brisbon married James Brisbon; the couple then moved to Philadelphia where she became head nurse at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1959. Brisbon was promoted to supervisor of medical nursing in 1962, and in 1974, became staff person to the executive director. In 1975, Brisbon was hired as director of planning and systems where she led the construction of the $46 million Silverstein Pavilion and the $116 million Founders Pavilion. In 1980, Brisbon was appointed chief operating officer, managing a budget of over $300 million; she guided a multi-million dollar construction project before retiring after her husband’s illness in 1986. In 1987, Brisbon formed Brisbon and Associates, a healthcare consulting firm which she operated until 2003.

Active in the Philadelphia community, Brisbon was responsible for negotiations with the University of Pennsylvania that resulted in the relocation and construction of the Walnut Child Care Center. Brisbon also served on the boards of Eastern University; Mercy Health System; Eastern Baptist Seminary; and Community College of Philadelphia. Brisbon founded and served as chairperson of the board of the Mother Bethel Foundation for which she has raised a million dollars. In addition to her professional activities, Brisbon has raised two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Delores Brisbon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Delores Brisbon describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Delores Brisbon describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Delores Brisbon describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Delores Brisbon describes her childhood experiences in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Delores Brisbon describes two mentors that impacted her growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Delores Brisbon describes her childhood personality and schools she attended in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Delores Brisbon remembers Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida and its pastor Reverend Saul Cooper
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Delores Brisbon describes her favorite childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Delores Brisbon recalls memorable teachers from her elementary and high school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Delores Brisbon explains how her family's support helped her attend Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Delores Brisbon describes the racism she witnessed growing up in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Delores Brisbon describes her experience at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Delores Brisbon talks about the Tuskegee Institute Chapel in Tuskegee, Alabama burned by the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Delores Brisbon reflects upon the impact of attending Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Delores Brisbon talks about her training at the School of Nursing at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Delores Brisbon recalls her training at the Tuskegee Veteran Administration Medical Center in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Delores Brisbon talks about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Delores Brisbon talks about her social experiences at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Delores Brisbon recalls her time in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Delores Brisbon recalls the racial demographics at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Delores Brisbon talks about working at John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama and Flint-Goodridge Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Delores Brisbon talks about how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Delores Brisbon describes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Delores Brisbon remembers encountering racial discrimination at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Delores Brisbon talks about her rise from head nurse to chief operating officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Delores Brisbon talks about being the first black woman to serve as chief operating officer of an elite hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Delores Brisbon remembers challenges to her leadership at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Delores Brisbon talks about her proudest accomplishments as chief operating officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Delores Brisbon talks about founding and running Brisbon & Associates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Delores Brisbon talks about her husband's illness and why she agreed to be interviewed by The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Delores Brisbon shares her philosophy for a successful marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Delores Brisbon talks about founding and running the Mother Bethel Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Delores Brisbon talks about her work for the Mother Bethel Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Delores Brisbon talks about her volunteer work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Delores Brisbon describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Delores Brisbon reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Delores Brisbon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Delores Brisbon talks about her father and her husband witnessing her professional success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Delores Brisbon describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Delores Brisbon narrates her photographs