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Dionne Scurry R.N. B. A. Department Administrator, South Los Angeles Medical Office Building
photo by Brian W. Carter
Scurry is making a difference in a community that is in need of the best medical attention.
Dionne Scurry is the Department Administrator at the Kaiser Permanente South Los Angeles Medical Office Building (KP) on W. Manchester Ave. She’s making sure the clinic is ready to receive and help any and all who have medical needs that must be met.
She has been with KP for four years with her career starting at KP in the Antelope Valley. There, she was supervisor and eventually became a department administrator in specialty departments.
Scurry eventually moved back to Los Angeles when the opportunity with the local clinic presented itself. She interviewed for the position available and got the job
When she first came to Los Angeles from Texas, Scurry attended Windsor Hills Elementary. She also attended Orville Wright Junior High School and St. Mary Academy High School. She received her college education from Santa Monica College and UC Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
She remembers looking for some direction as to what to do with her life. While looking through the newspaper, Scurry saw ads for becoming a registered nurse.
“It was not something I had ever really thought about doing but—now I’m a single mom,” said Scurry. “So I said, ‘Ok, I’m going to go to nursing school.’”
Scurry took the classes that she needed and went to nursing school at County General. She became a registered nurse and started working at Cedars in the Pediatric Department for five years. Then, she started working at UCLA, where she work for three years. Scurry also worked for an independent medical group caring for ICU patients.
“I would go to people’s homes and do shift care,” said Scurry.
Scurry has been working at the Manchester clinic since it opened April 2011. She plans to bring her experience to help the clinic function at optimum capacity.
“I’m responsible for the nurses,” said Scurry. “I basically hire them, I design their orientation program—I do everything that has to do with nursing.”
She assists the physicians in the clinic and handles their payroll as well. Scurry also helps keep the physicians’ schedules together. She basically describes her positions as being the hub of the clinic.
“If the doctors need something, generally they bring it to me,” said Scurry. “And if the nurses need something, they bring it to me.”
Scurry commented on the importance of the Kaiser clinic in the area and how it helps facilitate a change. She also spoke on how she’s ready to address the needs of the community and rewards of her job.
“We provide some excellent care here,” said Scurry. “It’s a beautiful thing… when you can ease the process of [people] getting to what they need. That’s very rewarding to me.
“It’s crucial for [Kaiser Permanente] to be here. For us to be here and be in this community and try to provide good services—it’s huge.
Scurry especially wanted Kaiser members and the community alike to know that she is here and ready to address their needs.
“If [you] ever come up against anything [and you] are less than satisfied with the service that you’re receiving—my door is always open,” said Scurry. Please come and find me—I will take care of it for [you].”