Our Director of Nursing


Hillary Brainard, MSN, RN

How long have you been a nurse?  

20 years. Graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2003. Direct accession into the Navy Nurse Corps.  Served six years active duty, 14 as a Reservist. Deployments to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Djibouti, Africa, a humanitarian mission off the west coast of South and Central America, and New York for Covid response.  Retired on 1Jun23. Mixed experience in med surg, mother/baby, L&D, the last 17 years in ER/trauma. 

What expertise and experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?

20 years of flexibility, adaptability, thinking on my feet, and professionalism.  Master’s prepared in Executive nursing with focus in project management.

What part of your job are you most passionate about?

Taking care of people has always been my passion.  In this position I love that I have the opportunity to teach, train, support, and take care of the care givers and nurses that provide care to our clients/patients.

What are three unique strengths you bring to BrightStar Care? 

  • Fresh eyes.  20 years of varied experience and this is my first home health job.  
  • I am a quick learner and easily adapt to new situations. I am taking primary patients, going on training/supervisory visits, so I am learning with the unique perspective of not being accustomed to the “way things have always been” and can brainstorm for ways to improve our current processes.
  • I am fiercely determined and dedicated.  I will strive to serve BrightStar to the best of my ability every day, continuing to learn and grow as the company does.