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Dixie Aune is the Chief Nursing Officer at Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Aune enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard, serving as an Army Medic for three years before beginning her commissioned service as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She served as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Department Head of the Cherry Point Naval Hospital, North Carolina’s OBGYN Department. She then served as the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for Fourth Battalion as well as the Certified Nurse Midwives and Specialty Leader for the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

In 2010-2013, Dixie was chosen as the Director for Public Health Services for Naval Hospital Beaufort. Throughout this tenure, she led the Tri-Command departments of Preventive Medicine, Industrial Hygiene, Audiology, Occupational Health, Immunizations and the Health & Wellness Center. In May, 2013, Dixie was selected as the Senior Nurse Executive for Naval Health Clinic Quantico where she served for two years until transitioning to Assistant Director, Policy & Practice for the Office of the Nurse Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in 2015-2017. She reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as the Chief Nursing Officer in October of 2017. NMCP is a 270-bed multispecialty hospital and 11 primary care clinic organization. Serving in this role, Dixie led staff in the deployment of four USNS COMFORT T-AH missions, oversaw the delivery of a special salary pay initiative, and established a robust nursing training partnership with local Level-1 Trauma and Children’s Hospitals.

Dr. Aune completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as Dakota State University and graduate studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Dixie Aune


Chief Nursing Officer

Detroit Medical Center


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