Debbie Campbell brings decades of patient experience to the top spot

Hampton, VA – Debbie Campbell discovered her calling early on and decided by age 10 that she would become a nurse. One of 12 children, she had plenty of experience caring for her siblings as well as her elders. Her nursing career began at Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC) as a medical surgical nurse in 1981. After two Master’s degrees, one in Nursing and one in Management, as well as numerous nursing roles, Campbell continues her commitment to caring as the Administrator of the Riverside Behavioral Health Center (RBHC) in Hampton.

Debbie CambellRBHC, an established mental health care provider in Hampton Roads since 1983, provides psychiatric and chemical dependency services to children, adolescents and adults on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Since 2004, she’s worked with a variety of mental health professionals providing services for individuals suffering from mental, behavioral, or addictive disorders. This is work she is passionate about, and Campbell is dedicated to combating the stigma associated with behavioral health care.

"I want people to understand that this type of health care involves caring for people who have a disturbance in the brain function and this disturbance is no different than having an imbalance in the blood glucose levels in the pancreas (diabetes) or having an abnormal heart rate due to an increase in cholesterol in the blood stream (heart failure). However there seems to be a stigma associated with individuals who have been diagnosed with these types of disorders. As an Administrator I plan to continue to advocate for our patients and residents by helping to educate our community about mental illness, psychiatric care and the great work that we do here at RBHC," she said.

Campbell shares that personally, she has witnessed numerous success stories at RBHC.

"I have cared for people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder who have successfully returned to the community after receiving treatment here at RBHC. I have seen very critically mentally ill children and adults get admitted to our facilities that are able to return to the community and resume healthy lifestyles," she said.
In her role as Administrator, Campbell will be able to ensure operational decisions will have positive outcomes for patients and residents. She is the third Nurse Administrator in the Riverside Health System, following Susan McAndrews appointment as head of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Courtney Detwiler, Administrator, Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital.

Her vision for RBHC is to be well known as the best provider in the state for compassionate, safe, quality care for individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. "I am passionate about behavioral health because I feel that I can make a difference in how we deliver care to individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder," she said. Her passion, leadership and experience will make a difference for every patient cared for at RBHC.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center is located at 2244 Executive Drive in Hampton, Virginia on a private 11.6-acre campus. The hospital is a 127-bed facility accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (Residential and Adult Services) Office of Licensing, and the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Riverside provides 24-hour, 7-day a week free, confidential comprehensive assessments and referral assistance for psychiatric and chemical dependency problems. The Admissions team includes Masters prepared clinicians who are mental health professionals, experienced in assisting individuals, families and professionals.


Published: March 15, 2013