October Member Spotlight – Darlene Morocco

Darlene Morocco
Clinical Director of Cardiovascular & Respiratory Care Services
UPMC Passavant, McCandless & Cranberry Campuses

Member Spotlight Q&A: Darlene Morocco

1. Current company, position, and other organizational affiliations:

UPMC Passavant, McCandless & Cranberry Campuses, Clinical Director of Cardiovascular & Respiratory Care Services, Affiliated with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). Member of ACHE & PONL

2. School(s)/Degree(s)

Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Walden University.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Youngstown State University.

Registered Nurse (RN).

Nurse Executive-Board Certification (NE-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

3. What do you enjoy most about your current position?

It is difficult to name just one. I love the broad scope of leadership responsibilities this position has granted me. I enjoy operational and fiscal management, program development and strategic planning and the impact I can have on others and patient outcomes. I also love to mentor others.

4. What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Academically, I am very proud of earning my MHA and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Professionally, I had the opportunity to be the project manager in achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology at one of my former organizations. 

5. Why did you decide to join ACHE?

I have always respected the Mission of the ACHE and felt it had the highest standards of executive leadership resources, training, and support. I am also preparing to sit for my Board of Governors Exam to become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives which is a professional goal of mine. 

6. What has been your favorite ACHE event and why?

I loved the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Botanical Gardens. The President address was so inspiring, and the atmosphere and collegiality was wonderful.

7. How have you applied your ACHE experience to your current role?

First, I have truly enjoyed the Western PA local chapter of the ACHE. I try to attend every event they offer and have applied many of the insights of the guest speakers to my leadership and front-line teams. As I prepare for my BOG exam, I have applied the ACHE Code of Ethics, Governance and Finance training to my day to day operational responsibilities. 

8. What is your favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh?

I love Pittsburgh for many reasons: sports, entertainment, dining, and the arts but I absolutely love the Strip District, especially shopping at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company! 

9. Ways to connect with you (LinkedIn, email, etc.)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darlene-morocco-a6b49736/

Email: Moroccodl2@upmc.edu