Leadership Team - Louisville VA Medical Center
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Louisville VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Stephen D. Black, Medical Center Director

Stephen D. Black | 502-287-4000 Ext. 55500

Medical Center Director

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on January 11, 2019, the appointment of Stephen D. Black, PT, FACHE, as the new director of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Black served as the Medical Center Director, for the St. Cloud, Minnesota, VA Medical Center. Prior to his selection as Director in April 2017, he served as Interim Medical Center Director at the Hampton Virginia VA Medical Center in 2017, and Associate Medical Center Director at the Durham, North Carolina VA Health Care System from 2014 to 2017. He also served as Assistant Medical Center Director at Durham VA. Prior to his leadership roles, Mr. Black served as System Redesign Coordinator and Rehabilitation Coordinator at the RLRVAMC in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Black received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Franklin College, Franklin, IN, a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Mr. Black also completed several professional development and Leadership programs.

Larry D. Roberts, Associate Director for Operations

Larry D. Roberts | 502-287-4000 Ext. 55507

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.

Marylee Rothschild, M.D., Chief of Staff

Marylee Rothschild, M.D. | 502-287-4000 Ext. 55500

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.

Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, NEA B/C, CENP, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, NEA B/C, CENP | 502-287-4000 Ext. 55500

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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Trina L Hopsecger | 502-287-4000 Ext. 55992

Radiology Manager

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Monica Mortimer-Lamb | 502-287-4000 Ext. 54632


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John M Verwiel | 502-287-5460

Chief Financial Officer

Deidra Perry, EEO Manager

Deidra Perry | 502-287-6161

EEO Manager

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Steve L Despain | 502-287-4000 Ext. 56179

Patient Advocate Assistant

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Emily S Watts | 502-287-4000 Ext. 54788

Women Veterans Program Manager