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Virginia Health Care Association Awards Nancy Chila Director of Nursing of the Year

The Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (MVNRC) announced that Nancy Chila, RN, BS, has been named Nursing Director of the Year by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) in recognition of her role in facilitating MVNRC’s transition from long term care for the chronically ill to an emphasis on post-acute care and rehabilitation.

At MVNRC Nancy introduced and implemented systems and processes for survey readiness, risk assessment and raising clinical competencies. She has been a strong mentor in helping nurses reach their professional goals and is a tireless advocate for achievement of excellence in patient care at all levels. Nancy introduced regular management meetings that have resulted in the introduction of programs in pain management, fall reduction and wound care. Nancy came to MVNRC as part of the new management team that has been in place since 2010.

As the acuity and complexity of Ms. Chila’s patients increase, she encourages many of the staff to get their RN degrees and assists them with obtaining financial support. She assists many of the staff in applying for the Regirer scholarships offered by the Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation.

“We are very pleased about Nancy’s award and recognition. She has been instrumental in the positive changes that have taken place at MVNRC and truly goes beyond what is expected. Her impact here has been immeasurable”, said Robert DeMaria, Administrator.

Nancy has worked at MVNRC since 2011preceeded by employment at a number of other nursing homes and health care organizations since 1979. She is a graduate of College of Mt. St. Vincent where she received her BS in nursing and enrolled in a graduate program at George Mason University. Nancy is a native New Yorker and moved to Vienna, Virginia in 1996 with her husband and their 3 daughters. She began her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing facility while in college. Nancy has been a nurse for 32 years and recently returned to long term care as Director of Nursing for a CCRC. Prior to joining MVNRC, she worked as a clinical consultant for several nursing facilities. When not at work, Nancy enjoys traveling with her family.

Also, in January of this year Ms. Chila was awarded the Director of Nursing of the Year for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC).

The VHCA, which represents nearly 90% of all nursing facilities and a growing number of assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities in Virginia, presented Ms. Chila with this award at the VHCA Annual Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads – Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. She was nominated by those who know her work and she was selected by a panel of her peers for this distinguished honor.

About MVNRC: Mt.Vernon Nursing & Rehab Center is a locally owned and operated 130 bed skilled and intermediate nursing facility which has served the Alexandria/Mount Vernon community for over 30 years. Located between Alexandria and Mount Vernon, it is part of a medical community including physicians’ offices and the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, MVNRC is Medicare approved and accepts private insurance reimbursements. (

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