Observing Black History Month With Leadership Profiles in Diversity

Over the next month, to celebrate Black History Month, we will be publishing profiles of medical leaders of color from a range of functions and professional experience to spotlight how diversity makes us stronger, more vital.

Darryl Cook,  St. Mary Mercy Livonia, Nurse Manager is Inspired by his Team, Passion for Service

How has being a person of color shaped your experience as a health care leader?

My experience as a health care leader here at St. Mary Mercy’s over the past five years has been great. During my leadership journey starting in the Marine Corps, I’ve been exposed to diverse leadership styles and have led men and women from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. My prior leadership experience has prepared and given me the ability to identify with and lead people of all cultures. Being a minority in leadership has been my experience for my entire professional career, and that perspective has been extremely valuable.

What or who has been an inspiration to you during your journey? Although I’ve had many inspirations during this journey, including my colleagues on the Nurse Management team, Director and CNO; my biggest inspiration has been my TEAM on 3 South. This TEAM shows up every day and they leave nothing on the table at the end of their shifts. They are one of the most selfless, motivated and professional teams that I’ve had the opportunity to lead and that’s why I love coming to work to support them as they support me.

  • Education: Madonna University Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Expertise: Unit Manager – Progressive Care and Stroke Unit
  • Military Service: Served nearly ten years in the Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in Japan and posts in the U.S as an Administrative Chief.

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