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Alexandria VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Peter C. Dancy, Jr.

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.

Portrait of Lisa M. Hamilton

Lisa M. Hamilton | 318-466-2206

Associate Director

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.

Portrait of Jose N. Rivera

Jose N. Rivera | 318-466-2202

Chief of Staff

Effective May 12, 2019, José N. Rivera, MD, was appointed the 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.

Portrait of Richard Laufer

Richard Laufer | 318-466-2558

Acting Associate Director – Patient Care Services

Effective Sunday, March 17, 2019, Mr. Richard Laufer began serving as the Acting Associate Director – Patient Care Services for the Alexandria VA Health Care System. Mr. Laufer is a Combat Veteran of the United States Army, serving more than eight years in the Nurse Corps before departing at the rank of Captain in 2006. He was named Associate Chief Nurse of Patient Care Service, Behavioral Health Division in August of 2014 at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

During his military career, Mr. Laufer served with the 44th Medical Airborne Brigade in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. As a Critical Care Nurse assigned to a Combat Support Hospital, he directly cared for all military casualties requiring this heightened level of care.
Mr. Laufer, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has worked in health care for almost 30 years, devoting the majority of his career to nursing within several disciplines. He worked as an Operating Room nurse for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center prior to joining the VA in 1999. Within the VA, he has functioned in med/surg and critical care as a staff nurse. Prior to his current appointment, he functioned as a manager in both the Medical and Patient Care Service Lines.
Mr. Laufer serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. This the only museum in the country that honors all branches of service of all eras.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University and his Master of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership from Waynesburg University. Mr. Laufer has been a faculty adjunct for Community College of Allegheny County as well as Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Laufer has two children; a son serving in the United States Air Force, and a daughter working as an RN in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.