Deb is no stranger to NSLHD, having filled the Chief Executive role temporarily earlier this year, and she is glad to be back.
"I feel incredibly privileged and humble taking on this role and equally thrilled to work in such an outstanding LHD," she said.
"I had the benefit of filling this role in an interim capacity earlier this year so I have met a small number of the 11,000 staff that work in NSLHD.
"At the time I observed great enthusiasm and genuine commitment to the very best care for your patients and was struck by the warmth and friendliness of those that I met."
In the coming weeks, Deb said she is determined on getting to know as many people as she could in the district.
"I am very keen to know you, understand the things that matter to you, and above all to ensure the Executive and I remain completely focused on supporting you to provide the very best care to your patients, their families and the broader community whose health we are all responsible," she said.
"Please feel free to make contact with me and please stop and talk to me if you see me out and about."