Darla Perdue Named One of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2022 Women of Influence

Vibra Healthcare is pleased to announce that Central Penn Business Journal selected Darla Perdue, chief clinical officer and COVID officer, as a 2022 Women of Influence honoree.

The Women of Influence award honors high-achieving women for their career accomplishments. The honorees are selected for their professional experience, community involvement, leadership, and commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Perdue was recognized at a formal awards ceremony held on June 30. She was among a group of distinguished, inspirational women who hold leadership roles and live or work in Central Pennsylvania.

A member of the Vibra team since 2009, Perdue uses her extensive experience in critical care nursing and clinical leadership to support Vibra Healthcare’s nationwide network of specialty hospitals. She also serves as the company’s COVID officer, providing counsel and leading the organization in developing protocols for patient and employee safety from the pandemic’s start.

Peers consistently recognize Perdue for her dedication and diligence. However, she shares that hard work is just a way of life, having spent years working on her family’s farm in Ohio.

Mary Jo Jacobson, CEO of Vibra’s San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, has worked alongside Perdue for over a decade. “Darla will pick up the phone all hours of the day to help anyone,” Jacobson shared. “She is a skilled and dedicated leader. So it was no surprise to me when I heard she was selected as a woman of influence!”

For the past two years, Darla has supported hospitals in numerous states and all different counties through the pandemic. “Each hospital was dealing with its own unique COVID challenges, surge periods, and perpetual rule changes,” said Jacobson. “It isn’t that Darla needed to or could have all the answers for us, but rather that she would listen and seek guidance both for and from everyone. That is what makes her stand out among her peers as a leader. She seeks to advance best practices by listening and values the expertise of the team she supports.”

On personal and professional levels, Perdue’s mission is to help others. In discussing her role at Vibra, she shares that she especially values the opportunity to guide others in finding their own strengths and passion.

“The most rewarding thing about my role is that I have the privilege of helping others forge their pathways. Through listening to, learning from, and encouraging one another, we help each other grow and be better. I look for opportunities to build up the steps and put the solutions in place that will promote others and help them succeed in their goals.”