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Louisville VA Medical Center

 

Leadership Team

Portrait of James Belmont

James Belmont | Phone: (502) 287-4000 x55500

Acting Medical Center Director

James Belmont was appointed Acting Medical Center Director of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY July 3, 2016. As Medical Center Director, Mr. Belmont is responsible for day-to-day operations of Louisville’s VA facility and its eight community-based outpatient clinics. Key responsibilities include providing executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight for both clinical and administrative services.

Mr. Belmont has been the Associate Director of the Lexington VA Medical Center since August 2013. In this role he acts as a full deputy of the Medical Center Director. He has direct responsibility for Police, Fiscal, Logistics, Environmental Management, Human Resources, Health Administration, Canteen, Nutrition and Food, and Engineering Services. He also supervises the Privacy Officer and the Patient Advocates. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Belmont served as the Associate Director at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS), Prescott, Arizona. Mr. Belmont also held several leadership positions at the Fayetteville, NC VA Medical Center including Staff Assistant/Facility Planner/Public Affairs Officer; Chief, Engineering Service; Assistant Chief, Engineering Service and Chief, Biomedical Engineering.

Mr. Belmont has earned a Master’s Degree in Business (Health Care Management), a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration and is a graduate of VA Management Development and the Health Care Leadership Institute as an Executive Career Field candidate. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, credentialed member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, Fellow, American College of Health Care Executives. He is also a Carey Award Examiner.


Portrait of Marylee Rothschild, M.D.

Marylee Rothschild, M.D. | (502) 287-4000 x55500

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. Dr. Rothschild served as the Interim Medical Center Director, from April through November 2014. She had full responsibility for the oversight and operations of the Robley Rex VAMC and its 8 associated CBOCs, located in KY and Southern Indiana.

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.

In November 2014 she returned to her position of Chief Of Staff after serving as the Interim Medical Center Director.


Portrait of Troy Schilling

Troy Schilling | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Associate Medical Center Director for Operations

Troy Schilling is the Associate Medical Center Director for Operations at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. He 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. Before becoming the Associate medical Center Director for Operations, Mr. Schilling served as Robley Rex VAMC's Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to his service with the VA, Mr. Schilling held a number of Financial/Budget positions at multiple levels within the Military Health System. Mr. Schilling is a Veteran of military service, who retired from the United States Army in October, 2012 after serving 20 years as a Medical Service Corps officer. Mr. Schilling is a graduate of Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science - Marketing from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In August, 2014, he completed VISN 9, Leadership Institute. Mr. Schilling is also an active member of the American Society of Military comptrollers (ASMC).


Portrait of Debbie Hunt, DNP RN CNOR NE B/C VHA-CM

Debbie Hunt, DNP RN CNOR NE B/C VHA-CM | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, became the Associate Director for Patient Care Services effective January 10, 2016. As the Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Dr. Hunt is responsible for leading several administrative and clinical departments including: Nursing Service; Voluntary Service; Education Service; Infection and Disease Prevention; Social Work Service; Nutrition and Food Service; Chaplain Service; and Sterile Processing Service.

Dr. Hunt has been at the Robley Rex VAMC since 2005. She has served as the Associate Chief Nurse of Surgical Services, Chief Nurse Activations and most recently as the Replacement Hospital Project Coordinator. Dr. Hunt has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including a diverse background in significant management assignments in health care. She has held the position of Replacement Hospital Project Coordinator at the Robley Rex VAMC since April, 2014. She held senior nursing roles in the private sector in large tertiary care settings for 20 years prior to coming to the VA.

Dr. Hunt received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast in Indiana in 2001, Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2005, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama in 2014. Dr. Hunt is also adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix.


Portrait of Martin J Traxler

Martin J Traxler | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Medical Center Director

Mr. Traxler was appointed Medical Center Director of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY effective Nov. 30, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Traxler served as Director of the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Louisiana since May 2013.

As Medical Center Director, Mr. Traxler is responsible for day-to-day operations of Louisville’s VA facility and its eight community-based outpatient clinics. Key responsibilities include providing executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight for both clinical and administrative services. He is coordinating planning for Louisville’s replacement VA.

He served as Acting Medical Center Director of the Lexington VA from Feb. to May 2013. Prior to this, he served as Associate Director of the Lexington VA since Sept. 11, 2011. Mr. Traxler came to Lexington from the Carl Vinson VA in Dublin, GA, where he was the Associate Director since Aug. 2009. Before this, he served as Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. Svc. at the VA in Asheville, NC.

He joined VA in 1989 through the Federal Outstanding Scholar Program as an Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. Intern at the VA in Lake City, FL. He transferred to the Salt Lake City, Utah VA as a Contracting Officer in 1991. In 1992 he became the Chief, Acquisition Mgt. at the VA in Allen Park, MI, where he worked with a team to activate the Detroit VA. He transferred to the Muskogee, OK. VA in 1996 as the Asst. Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. SVC. until appointed as Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. in Bay Pines.

He earned his MBA at Northeastern State University of OK in 2000. He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Tiffin University in OH in 1989. He completed the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute in 2005. He has been an adjunct instructor teaching Health Care Economics to students seeking a BA in Science of Nursing. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987.