HEALTHCARE HEROES: Well-rounded De Atley is a pillar of Culpeper Medical Center |


There’s not much Penny De Atley hasn’t done in 25 years as a registered nurse.

De Atley worked in long-term care; cardiac and pediatric care; labor and delivery; maternal and postpartum care; and is currently on the UVA Obstetrics & Gynecology team at Culpeper Medical Center.

Her well-rounded background and compassion for her patients earned De Atley a place among the Culpeper Star-Exponent’s 2022 Healthcare Heroes.

“I love being a nurse,” said De Atley, who has worked at Culpeper Medical Center for 18 years. “I love taking care of people and teaching them to take care of themselves and their loved ones.

“Through my nursing care, I try to show God’s love to others.

De Atley certainly left an impression on those she touched, both inside and outside the hospital walls.

“Penny is absolutely amazing and will do anything for anyone,” reads her nomination. “She was working all day [at the hospital], then came to help my dying uncle feel more comfortable as he was in his last days. My family was so grateful for what she did. She was – and is – a true blessing to our family!!

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De Atley has also spent time over the years teaching classes in the Culpeper community on how to properly care for newborns. “Helping people is exactly what I do,” she said. “I try to take care of others as Christ would have me do.”

De Atley has been married to her husband Terry for 27 years. They have two daughters, Mikayla and Brianna, and a son, Curtiss Tilley.

“They are absolutely wonderful and I’m lucky to have them all,” she said.


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