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Leslie Cunningham Campbell Receives McKnight’s 2019 Women of Distinction Honor

Brentwood, Tenn., March 21, 2019

Leslie Cunningham Campbell, Diversicare Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, is recognized as a top leader in the field of long-term care and senior care. Ms. Campbell was named to the Hall of Honor in the nationwide 2019 McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards.

The program is overseen by independent trade publications McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living, which received hundreds of nominations in this, the program’s inaugural year. An independent panel of judges, composed of industry professionals and McKnight’s editors, selected the winners.

Leslie Cunningham Campbell, PT, LNHA has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to the post-acute skilled nursing and rehabilitation sector. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy/Therapist from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in 1991. Ms. Campbell’s roles run the gamut from Physical Therapist, Nursing Home Administrator, Director of Operations to her current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Diversicare Healthcare Services, Inc. Her vast experience at all levels of care is evident and a driving force in her pursuit of service excellence.

Ms. Campbell joined Diversicare as EVP & COO in 2013. Prior to that, she served 19 years with Golden Living in multiple leadership positions, including Director of Operations, VP of Operations, Division President, and SVP of Operations.

Ms. Campbell is skilled at building and leading teams, resulting in performance at extraordinary levels. She has a keen financial acumen with experience managing multiple businesses. Ms. Campbell is passionate about our patients and residents. She is a strong clinician with a history of collaborating effectively to achieve the best possible patient care and business outcomes.

Ms. Campbell is an expert at maintaining a culture of connectedness between team members and Diversicare’s leadership. She strives to never lose sight of what it entails to work at every level of our business. Ms. Campbell has always identified herself as a Physical Therapist first and foremost, and to this day maintains her license. This exemplifies her hands-on approach and mindset to patient/resident care, leadership and service.

“Thank you, Leslie, for setting the bar in our organization by living our Service Standards and leading as ambassador of our culture. Inclusion in McKnight’s Hall of Honor is very well deserved for all you do and have done for our industry,” said Jay McKnight, Diversicare President & CEO.

Overall, 19 Hall of Honor recipients were named on March 13th. The category is for outstanding leaders who serve at the vice president or higher level.

Collectively, McKnight’s Women of Distinction have helped their organizations achieve major patient care and financial performance milestones. Winners include direct care providers, as well as association and academic professionals. They have served as mentors or inspiration to their colleagues and, in many cases, pushed through personal hardship.

“The caliber of talent among nominees blew us all away,” said McKnight’s Vice President and Editorial Director John O’Connor. “It was humbling to see so many detailed and personalized nominations for hundreds of women in the field. We are excited to be the industry leader in acknowledging the contributions this group has made, and many are only getting started.”

All of the winners will be honored May 16th in Chicago. Profiles of each will be featured both online and in print editions of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living. For more information, visit

About Diversicare Healthcare Services, Inc.

Diversicare provides post-acute care services to skilled nursing center patients and residents in ten states, primarily in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest United States.  As of the date of this release, Diversicare operated 72 skilled nursing and senior housing centers containing 8,214 licensed nursing beds.