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Executive Staff

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Sheldon Barr


Sheldon Barr began serving CMH as President in 2022. With more than 20 years of experience in health care leadership roles at the system level and in community hospital settings, Barr comes to VCU Health from HCA Florida South Shore Hospital in Sun City Center, Florida, where she served as chief executive officer. Prior to this role, she served as chief operating officer at Chippenham Hospital in Chesterfield County where she was responsible for strategic planning and execution of growth plans across key areas, such as trauma, cardiovascular, and burn care. During her time with HCA, Barr was recognized as the HCA Executive Development Program 2021 Mentor of Year and was a recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award, which recognizes the highest achievements in serving others. She earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, both in nursing, from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.

Listen to Sheldon Barr's podcast on advancing health care in rural communities.


Mary Hardin, MSN, RN, OCN

Vice President of Patient Care Services

Mary Hardin, MSN, RN, OCN began her career with Community Memorial Hospital in May 1987 as a nursing assistant. Prior to assuming her position as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Community Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Hardin held various clinical and administrative positions including Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Patient Care Coordinator, Nursing Supervisor, Clinical Education Coordinator and Director of Oncology. She served as the Cancer Center Director from 1998-2019.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barton College and Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.


Brenda T. Palmore, DHA, FACMPE, FASPR

Vice President of Practice Management & Business Development

Brenda Palmore was born at Community Memorial Hospital and raised in the area. She has been employed with CMH since 1999. Dr. Palmore has a Bachelor of Science in Business Admin with a concentration in Management from Longwood and a Master of Business Admin from Averett University. She received her Doctorate of Health Care Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Palmore is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).  Additionally, she earned Lean Six Sigma Certification, Yellow Belt.