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Louisville VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Kurt E. Thielen

Kurt E. Thielen | 502-287-5500

Medical Center Director

Mr. Thielen was appointed the position of Medical Center Director at the Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville, Kentucky on April 4, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Thielen worked for an extended period as the Acting Director at the Minneapolis VAHCS. During that period he eliminated stat consult backlogs and implemented a daily review and reconciliation process. He has served as Associate Director at the Minneapolis VAHCS since January 2015. His leadership in the reorganization of administrative functions throughout the VISN transformed the Care in the Community organization to adapt to the current legislative construct. He operates as the facility Sustainability Officer and under his leadership the Minneapolis VAHCS has been recognized for two consecutive years as one of the top 25 green US hospital systems.

Prior to becoming Associate Director at the Minneapolis VAHCS, Mr. Thielen served as Director of the Business Office; during that time has served in numerous national and network capacities. He is a graduate of Leadership VA in 2011 and is currently enrolled in the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program. Mr. Thielen, US Air Force (Retired), received his BS in Engineering in 1986 from the University of Minnesota, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1992. He was commissioned in 1986 and attended navigator training. He served as a Weapon Systems Officer in F-4E/Gs and F-15Es in the Philippines, Alaska, Virginia, and England with 2,500 hours of flight time in fighter aircraft. He is an Operation Allied Force and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran and served in assignments on the Inspector General Team and as an Operations Squadron Commander for the Alaskan Region of North American Aerospace Defense before retiring in 2007.

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Larry D Roberts | 502-287-4000x55507

Associate Director for Operations

Mr. Roberts was appointed Associate Director for Operations of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY effective January 21, 2018. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Roberts served as the medical center’s Chief Financial Officer since March 2016.

The Associate Director for Operations is an integral member of the Executive Leadership team and has direct responsibility and oversite for Police, Fiscal, Logistics, Environmental Management, Human Resources, Business Office, Canteen and Engineering Services, Safety, Privacy & Compensation and Pension.

Mr. Roberts has over 13 years of hospital experience (10 with VHA) Prior to joining the Robley Rex VAMC in 2014 , Mr. Roberts worked at Pikeville Medical Center, a 261 acute bed facility.
He earned his MBA at Morehead State University in 2004 with his undergraduate degree in Accounting in 1996.

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 Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, NEA B/C, CENP

Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, NEA B/C, CENP | (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. She holds the following certifications: Certified Nurse Executive Advanced and Certified Executive in Nursing Practice.

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Stacey A Norris | 5022876050

Women Veterans Program Manager

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Loren Shehorn | 5022875784

Nurse Recruiter