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Louisville VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

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Emma M. Metcalf | 502-287-5500

Acting Medical Center Director

Ms. Metcalf was appointed the position of Acting, Medical Center Director at the Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville, Kentucky on January 31, 2018. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Metcalf served as the Director of the Lexington VA Medical Center. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the medical center as well as its overall clinical performance. She provides executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight, and collaborates with other VISN 9 Medical Center Directors in the formulation of budget, policy, and strategic business planning at the Network level.

Her progressive VA career includes positions as Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System; Chief Operating Officer, Alvin C. York Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System; Chief, Strategic Management Service, VAMC in Louisville, Kentucky where she also held the position of Administrative Officer for Associate Director of Operations; and Compliance Officer at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. She is a strong advocate for Veterans with the belief that the best way to care for Veterans is to ensure they are at the center of everything that we do.

Ms. Metcalf received her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 1985 from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College in 1981 and a Baccalaureate of Science in Community Health from the University of Kentucky in 1979. Ms. Metcalf is a Certified Case Manager in the Case Management Society of America and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She is a graduate of Leadership VA (2000); the Executive Career Development Program (2002); Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (2009); and is a Certified VHA Fellow Mentor (2010). She is also a member of the College of Health Care Executives.

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Larry D Roberts | 502-287-4000x55507

Associate Director for Operations

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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.