Alexandria VA Health Care System
Peter C. Dancy, Jr. | 318-466-2205
Medical Center Director
Mr. Peter Dancy was appointed as the new director of the Alexandria Veterans Affairs Health Care System (AVAHCS) effective January 24, 2016. Mr. Dancy has held progressive leadership positions within VA in major medical centers and the private sector during his career. He also served for 22 years as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer. He received his Bachelor degree in Accounting from Morehouse College at Atlanta, Georgia, Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University at San Antonio, Texas and a second Master’s degree in Health Administration from Baylor University at Waco, Texas.
Mr. Dancy is a board certified health care executive with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), has served as a surveyor with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and as a preceptor with the Baylor University Graduate Program in Health Administration.
Lisa M. Hamilton | 318-466-2206
Ms. Lisa Hamilton was appointed as Associate Director for the Alexandria VA Health Care System effective August 19, 2018 where she assumes responsibility for operations and administrative service lines. From 2011 – 2018, Ms. Hamilton served at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System (EOVAHCS). She served as Chief, Prosthetics and Sensory Aid Service for four years. Prior to that role, she was the Associate Director’s Executive Assistant/Health System Specialist managing space planning and special projects. She has a background in Procurement from Contracting positions held in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 16), and the VA Healthcare Systems in both Long Beach and San Diego, California, as well as Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Hamilton completed multiple leadership details within VISN 19 as Interim Associate Medical Center Director at the Montana VA Medical Center, and at the EOVAHCS, as Interim Associate Medical Center Director, Interim Chief for the Community Care Program, and Interim Chief, Engineering Service. Ms. Hamilton was a faculty instructor for VISN 19’s Leadership Development Program from 2014 – 2018 during which time she completed the VA’s Healthcare Leadership Development Program. Ms. Hamilton earned her Masters Degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Hawaii, and is a member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and Leadership VA. Ms. Hamilton’s family includes two sons attending college in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Jose N. Rivera | 318-466-2202
Acting Chief of Staff
Effective October 1, 2018, José N. Rivera, MD, was appointed the Acting Chief of Staff. Dr. Rivera has served as the Chief of Primary Care, the Chief of Medical Service and as the Acting Chief of Staff at the Alexandria VA Health Care System (AVAHCS). He has also held several roles as a hospitalist and hospitalist supervisor at the AVAHCS and as a hospitalist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
In April of 2009, Dr. Rivera served as the implementation leader for the transition into Patient Aligned Care Teamlets (PACT) at the AVAHCS. He led the VISN 16 Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Million Lives Team in improving the care of patients with CHF. Dr. Rivera served as the lead physician in improving the care of Veterans suffering from minor depression and anxiety in the Primary Care setting.
Dr. Rivera is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves with the responsibility of maintaining and supporting the fighting force through leading staff in preparation for deployment. He served in four deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the first at the Darnall Army Community Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas in 2003; the second in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany in 2006; the third at the Brooks Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 2008; and the fourth in Kuwait in 2012. He has served in multiple medical readiness trainings in Japan, Ecuador, Guatemala, Lame Deer, and Haiti.
Dr. Rivera holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico; Doctor of Medicine from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico; and an Internal Medicine Residency at the La Concepcion Hospital in San German, Puerto Rico, serving as the Chief Resident. He is a recipient of the Harvey Ramirez Bates Memorial Award for excellent patient care, team member, and leadership.
James Lawhorn Jr., DNP, RN, NE-BC, CMSRN | 318-466-2558
Associate Director – Patient Care Services
Dr. Lawhorn is an Army Veteran with over 25 years of military service. During his military career he held numerous progressive leadership positions both as an enlisted Soldier and Army Nurse Corps Officer. He is a combat Veteran and was deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Lawhorn received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama in 2005, his Master of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona in 2011 and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the prestigious Rush University in Chicago Illinois in 2015. He has national certifications as both a Nurse Executive and Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse. Dr. Lawhorn is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Following a successful military career Dr. Lawhorn joined the Veterans Health Administration in December of 2015 as the Associate Chief Nurse for Acute and Outpatient Care Services. His performance, exceptional leadership skills and past military experience made him an excellent choice in being selected to fill the role of Associate Director for Patient Care Services which became effective on August 7, 2016.
As a member of the executive team Dr. Lawhorn is responsible for all clinical nursing practice and has oversight of approximately 500 employees at the Alexandria VA Healthcare System. He is one of four facility senior leaders jointly responsible for strategic planning, clinical outcomes and financial management of the facility.