Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN, is Virginia Hospital Center’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. A strong, transformational leader, she influences the Hospital’s strategic direction and ensures that nursing’s goals and initiatives are aligned to advance organizational success.
In 2013, Darlene led Virginia Hospital Center’s successful journey to Magnet® recognition. This elite credential from the American Nurses Credentialing Center is the highest and most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Nationally, just seven percent of nursing staffs achieve Magnet status.
Crucial to the Hospital’s earning Magnet designation was Darlene’s implementation of models and systems to transform Virginia Hospital Center’s nursing culture, increase front-line nurses’ ownership of key initiatives and improve patient outcomes. A defined shared governance structure gives nurses at all levels a voice in every aspect of their practice. Nursing councils empower them to incorporate evidence-based research findings into bedside care. And formal professional development programs have notably improved specialty certification rates. More than 25% of the Hospital’s nurses are now nationally certified in their specialty field.
Darlene’s numerous other strategic innovations have sparked significant changes in patient care, patient safety and operational efficiency. She is the driving force behind the Hospital’s Leadership Development Institute to foster professional growth and advancement among all staff. Her nurse-led Patient Flow Improvement Project used information technology to enhance care coordination and patient satisfaction. In 2010, she created the interdisciplinary Patient Safety Committee to monitor, evaluate and improve the Hospital’s safety initiatives and ensure compliance with national patient safety practices.
Darlene has been a nurse for more than 25 years. She received her BSN from Ohio University and an MS from Case Western Reserve University School of Business Management. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.