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Vice president for children’s services retires after 40-year career in pediatrics

Published by , on Jan 31, 2017

– from Leslie G. Wyatt, RN, MS

As we begin a new year, and I embark on a new chapter in my life – otherwise known as retirement – I am excited about the future of health care for my own grandchildren, and for future generations of children, because of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s commitment to advancing children’s health.

Leslie Wyatt  CEO CHORToday I retired after 40 years as a pediatric nurse and administrator in the Richmond community.  And what an amazing journey it has been.

I will forever cherish the relationships I have had with the passionate and committed people of CHoR, Children’s Hospital Foundation, VCU Health and the pediatric community. Together, we have built a robust network of people, programs and places dedicated to children.  I look back with pride on the development of the Feeding Program; Transitional Care Unit; Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center; multispecialty programs in traumatic brain injury and childhood obesity; a new pediatric emergency room; therapy and multispecialty centers across the community; the significant expansion of our team of pediatric specialists, including clinicians and researchers; our new Children’s Pavilion; and, the soon-to-open Virginia Treatment Center for Children on our Brook Road Campus.

As my formal contributions come to a close, I pass the torch to a dedicated group of pediatric professionals, knowing that I am leaving CHoR in great hands, with a bright future. I am pleased to share with you that Jeniece Roane, MS, RN, NE-BC will serve as interim vice president of children’s services and will continue the momentum in children’s health and prepare the way for a new CEO to lead CHoR into the future. Sharon Darby, DNP, RN, NHA, FACHE will lead our Brook Road Campus as interim executive director. A national search will be conducted to find CHoR’s new CEO.

I will continue to be CHoR’s biggest cheerleader, and watch with pride and joy as its reputation for excellence in care, teaching, research and advocacy for children grows.Leslie Wyatt  CEO CHOR


Wyatt has always had a passion for children’s health. She began her career in the neonatal intensive care unit nurse at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital.
Personal clipping from the Richmond Times Dispatch.


  • Harriet Jennings says:

    Congratulations, Leslie Wyatt, on your retirement. Your 40 years of praise worthy accomplishments at Children’s Hospital reflect your deep love and caring for children.

  • Charlotte Roberts says:

    Congratulations and best wishes Leslie. It has been such a rewarding experience to work with you these past years. Hopefully a well deserved rest is on the agenda for you and Donnie. Much love to you both. Charlotte\r\nAnd Sharon congrats to you too. Hope to see you soon. C

  • Janis ober says:

    Congratulations on moving to your next phase in Life! Enjoy all the comes your way.

  • Alan Pollock says:

    Upon your retirement, Daisy, from Dogs On Call, wishes you well, along with a few licks for good luck.

  • Satish Mahajan, MD says:

    Congratulations and best wishes for a well desreved retirement. Your contrubutions to children’s health in Richmond have been truly praiseworthy. Your leadership skills will be remembered. I will always cherish my association with you at Brook Road Campus.

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