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Louisville VA Medical Center

 

Leadership Team

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

Interim Medical Center Director

Dr. Marylee Rothschild is currently serving as the Interim Medical Center Director in Louisville, KY. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Louisville's Zorn Avenue facility and its eight community-based outpatient clinics in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Her key responsibilities include providing executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight for both clinical and administrative services as well as development and implementation of strategic program goals and actions for the medical center including the accreditation process (JC) and the overall medical center's clinical performance. She is also coordinating the planning for the replacement VA Medical Center in Louisville.

Dr. 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.

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Douglas V Paxton, Sr | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Associate Director

Doug V. Paxton was designated as 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 Interim Medical Center Director at the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY; 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.

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Lisa Vuocolo, M.D. | (502) 287-6203

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Lisa Vuocolo, M.D. is currently serving as the Acting, Chief of Staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky. As the Acting, Chief of Staff, 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. Vuocolo 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. Vuocolo also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care and Chief, Hospice & Palliative Care at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, St Georges University School of Medicine, and then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Louisville. She joined the VA in 1995 after completing a year as Chief Medical Resident, and then practiced primary care Internal Medicine at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center for 10 years. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She is Co-chair of the VISN 9 GEC Advisory Board, Chair of the VISN 9 Dementia Steering Committee, and VISN 9 Lead Physician Champion for Hospice & Palliative Care.

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Pamala Thompson, RN, MSA, MSN, CNAA | (502) 287-6200

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.

Portrait of Pamala Thompson, RN, MSA, MSN, CNAA