Delores C. Darnell joined CCR in July 1, 2013 as Chief Clinical Officer bringing over 35 years of experience in long term care.
Ms. Darnell began her career in senior services in 1978 as a Charge Nurse in a county-owned nursing and assisted living center. She progressed through the nursing department serving as Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing. Ms. Darnell was certified in Gerontology by the American Nurses Association from 1982 – 2003. During her nursing career she was honored by the Virginia Nurses Association as Employer of the Year in 1983 and by the Virginia General Assembly for the establishment of an innovative day-care center and involvement with the public school system as Parent Teacher Organization president. Ms. Darnell established an on-site child day-care center with full intergenerational programming. The children of nursing facility employees and county employees interacted with residents on a daily basis. At its peak a census of 75 school-aged children enhanced the lives of facility residents.
In 1986, Ms. Darnell completed an Administrator-In-Training program, was licensed and became the Administrator of the same facility where she had directed nursing services. The Business and Professional Women’s Club awarded Ms. Darnell their Young Careerist Award in 1990. Ms. Darnell was active in the Virginia Health Care Association and was awarded both the Administrator of the Year Award in 1988 and the James G. Dunton Distinguished Services Award in 1997. She was appointed by three governors to serve on The Virginia Board of Nursing Home Administrators serving as Chairman and on the Department of Health Professions as Vice-Chairman during 1994 – 2001.
Ms. Darnell was tapped by the Department of Medical Assistance Services to develop and direct the Certified Nursing Facility Education Initiative, a public-private partnership established by the Virginia General Assembly to provide education, training and consultation to certified nursing facilities from 2000 – 2005. Following the sunset of legislation, which had established the education initiative, Ms. Darnell worked as a Regional Director of Clinical Services for a large company until establishing her own consulting company, Guidance LTC.
Ms. Darnell graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia in 1976. She holds a B.A. in Health Care Administration from Mary Baldwin College and an M.B.A. with Concentration in Health Care Administration from Regis University. She completed all course-work and was a Ph.D. candidate in Health Related Sciences – Health Care Administration program at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Ms. Darnell’s research interest is in leadership.
Ms. Darnell’s devotion to quality care and her drive stems from her desire to serve others.