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.
Interim Associate Director
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.
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. Thompson is a U.S. Army Nurse Corp (rank of 0-3) 1982-87(Active Duty) and U.S. Navy Nurse Corp (rank of 0-6) 1987-present. She worked her way through nursing school in various positions, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Troy State University, Alabama, in 1982. She has completed two Masters of Science degrees, one in Health Service Administration, Columbus College, Georgia in 1988, and the other in Nursing Administration from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama in 1995. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama, with anticipated graduation in 2014.