Darlene Stephenson

Inside Business Honors Darlene Stephenson, CEO of Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System proudly announces that Darlene Stephenson has been selected by Inside Business for its 2016 Women in Business Achievement Award. Stephenson is being honored for making a significant impact on the health care industry for more than 30 years. She will be profiled in a special issue of Inside Business and presented with the prestigious award in December.

Stephenson joined Bon Secours Hampton Roads 18 years ago as vice president of care management and became CEO for Bon Secours Mary Immaculate in 2015. During her tenure, Stephenson has worked with a team of leaders and physicians to bring enhanced surgical services programs to the community and has turned the hospital’s orthopedics and general surgery services into market leaders for Bon Secours Virginia.

Because of Bon Secours’ inclusive culture, Darlene Stephenson has never felt that she was hampered in any way by being a woman, even as she moved up the ranks in administration – an area largely still dominated by men. “There are not a lot of women in the role that I’m in, but I can’t say it has been a challenge for me to get here as a woman. I’m a very open book. I have opinions I’m going to share. As a faith-based organization, we talk a lot about having a voice, so I’m not hesitant to say what I think” said Stephenson. “I’m proud I’ve given young female clinical leaders and health care leaders the opportunity to move up the career ladder. It’s wonderful to see them become successful.”

As CEO, Stephenson shows her commitment to the community by committing her organization to provide several programs and partnerships that help create and improve community health. Bon Secours Mary Immaculate’s community benefit programs provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. Stephenson also encourages her employees to participate in community events such as charity walks and runs, Clean the Bay Day, community lectures, senior programming and more.

About Darlene Stephenson
Stephenson received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Longwood College (now University) and her masters of social work with a health care concentration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She interned in hospice care at Riverside Health System and with Sentara Health System before accepting at full-time position with Sentara Health System as director of care management. She joined Bon Secours Hampton Roads in 1998 as vice president of care management. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

About Inside Business’s Women in Business Achievement Award
For the past 14 years, Inside Business has been honoring women in business in Hampton Roads who have made a significant impact on the community within their industry and by helping lift up other women on the road to success. By honoring these women, we seek to encourage them and other women to trust their abilities, strengthen their self-confidence and participate in the economic growth of Hampton Roads. Our hope is this recognition will spur them on to even greater things. The 2016 Women in Business Achievement Awards Banquet will take place on December 12.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV), the fourth-largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes eight award-winning hospitals: five in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together an expanding network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide high-quality healthcare and wellness services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 12,500 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, emergency services, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.