Interim Medical Center Director
Douglas V. Paxton, Sr. was designated Associate Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky, on October 7, 2012. As the Associate Director for Operations, Mr. Paxton oversees the Safety Section, Privacy Office, and the Ft. Knox/DoD Sharing Office, as well as the following administrative product lines: Engineering Service, Business Office, Fiscal Service, Human Resources Management Service, Police Service, Environmental Management Service, Acquisition and Logistics Service, Canteen Service, Information Management Service, and Prosthetics Service.
Mr. Paxton's previous VA service career included assignments as the Associate Director at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA; Associate Director at the VA West Texas Health Care System; Clinic Manager in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Administrative Officer to the Chief of Staff, Orlando, Florida; Administrative Officer in Surgical Service, and Health Systems Specialist Trainee at the VA Central Texas Health Care System; and Human Resources Specialist and Social Work Intern at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.
Mr. Paxton is a Veteran of military service in the United States Army, and a graduate of Delaware State University in Dover, with a Master's Degree in Social Work and Minor in Sociology. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Minor in Sociology from the University of Maryland. In March 2010, he completed VHA's Executive Career Field Development Program (ECF), and is a graduate of VHA's Health Care Leadership Institute. Mr. Paxton is also an active member of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Acting Associate Director
James M. Simmons was appointed Acting Associate Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville Kentucky, on October 5, 2013. As the Acting Associate Director for Operations, Mr. Simmons oversees the Safety Section, Privacy Office, and the Ft. Knox/DOD Sharing Office, as well as the following administrative product lines: Engineering Service, Business Office, Fiscal Office, Human Resources Management Service, Police Service, Environmental Service, Acquisition and Logistics Service, Canteen Service, Information Management Service, and Prosthetics Service.
Prior to his appointment as Acting Associate Director, Mr. Simmons held the position of Chief Logistics Officer, Robley Rex VA Medical Center. His previous experience includes an assignment as Logistics Officer for DePaul Health Center a non-profit 450 bed medical center in Saint Louis, Missouri and 21 years of active duty Air Force service. During his Air Force career Mr. Simmons served in a multitude of healthcare logistics positions including a command element Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during deployments for Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Simmons retired from active duty Air Force in April 2007.
Mr. Simmons is a graduate of Park University in Missouri, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Chief of Staff
Dr. Marylee Rothschild was appointed Chief of Staff of the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY in May 2005. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, Dr. Rothschild served as Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care Service for the previous twelve years at this facility.
As Chief of Staff at the Robley Rex VAMC, she acts as a link between clinical and administrative staffs. More specifically, she works closely with the Medical Center Director, Associate Director for Operations and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services in planning and implementing medical center policies and programs and brings to the Quad the needs and concerns of medical staff. Dr. Rothschild provides leadership for the clinical departments in development of clinical programs to meet the needs of the Veteran population. She oversees the credentialing and privileging of medical staff; monitors quality improvement programs; and facilitates the coordination of clinical, education and research programs. She integrates and coordinates the activities of the affiliated medical school as they relate to the Medical Center's mission of quality patient care, research and education.
Dr. Rothschild completed her medical degree (1978) at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her residency (1978-1981) in Internal Medicine from Montefiore Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was concurrent with a teaching fellowship at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. She was selected for a second Faculty Development fellowship at the University of North Carolina (1992-1994). Dr. Rothschild is boarded in Internal Medicine and holds a Masters of Public Healthe degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Rothschild began her career at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in 1983.
Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Ms. Thompson is the Associate Director for Patient Care and Nursing Services at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She was appointed to the position in May 2008. As a member of Robley Rex VA Medical Center executive team, she is responsible for strategic planning, clinical outcomes and financial management of a full service facility offering services to more than 166,000 veterans in a 35 county area. Robley Rex VA Medical Center has over 2,400 staff and volunteers, 114 operating beds, nine community-based outpatient clinics, and is affiliated with the University of Louisville, Medical School.
As Associate Director for Patient Care Services, she is responsible for the leadership of Nursing, Voluntary, and Hospital Education Services, Discharge Planning, Infection Control, Bed Control programs, Social Work Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Chaplain Service, and Sterile Processing Service. Under her leadership, she and staff have successfully achieved a number of important initiatives including earning the three top Carey awards for three consecutive years, receiving a national “Best Practice” for Patient Flow Unit development, passing two Joint Commission surveys with only one finding in Nursing, and completing an Inspector General assessment of the Nursing Program with no findings.
Ms. Pamala Thompson is an accomplished Nurse and Administrative Executive, who brings over 20+ years Clinical Management experience and Profit & Loss responsibility for multiple operating departments. She currently holds the following certifications: Nurse Executive Advanced, Fellow American College of Health Care Executives, VHA Mentor Certification – Fellow, Federal Executive Institute.