Louisville VA Medical Center
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.
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.
James Simmons | 502-287-6251
Acting Associate Medical Center Director
James Simmons was designated as Acting Associate Medical Center Director of the VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, in August 2015. As the Associate Medical Center 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 Service, Human Resources Management Service, Police Service, Environmental Management Service, Acquisition and Logistics Service, Canteen Service, Information Management Service, and Prosthetics Service.
Mr. Simmons joined the VA in March 2008 as the Chief Logistics Officer for the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Mr. Simmons is a Veteran of military service, who retired from the United States Air Force in 2007 after serving 21 years in various Medical Logistics roles.
Mr. Simmons is a graduate of Park University in Parkville, MO. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2013, he completed Operations Management for Healthcare Professionals at the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Simmons is also an active member of the American Legion and Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management.
Debbie Hunt, DNP RN CNOR NE B/C VHA-CM | 502-287-4000x56850
Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services
As Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Dr. Hunt is responsible for leading several administrative and clinical departments including: Nursing Service; Voluntary Service; Education Service; Disease Prevention/Occupational Health; Social Work Service; Nutrition and Food Service; Chaplain Service; and Sterile Processing Service. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Louisville Replacement VAMC, slated to open its doors to Veterans in 2023.
Dr. Hunt joined the Louisville VAMC in July 2005, as Associate Chief Nurse Surgical Services. She served in that capacity until her appointment as the nursing representative for the Louisville Replacement VAMC November, 2012. In April 2014, Dr. Hunt assumed the role of Project Coordinator.
Dr. Hunt received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast in Indiana in 2001, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2005, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama in 2014.