Leadership Team - Alexandria VA Health Care System
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Alexandria VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Peter C. Dancy, Jr., Medical Center Director

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, Associate Director

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.

Sandra Kirkland, Associate Director – Patient Care Services

Sandra Kirkland | 318-466-2558

Associate Director – Patient Care Services

Dr. Sandra Kirkland joined the Alexandria VA Health Care System leadership team on March 30, 2020. Dr. Kirkland has served in various roles in nursing care and leadership during her 30 year career. She has served as the Chief Nurse for Spinal Cord, Home Based Primary Care, Mental Health, and Wound Care. She also did an eight month detail as the Residential Rehabilitation (DOM) Program Manager and 11 months as the Acting Nurse Executive in her last duty. Dr. Kirkland’s father and brothers have served in active combat during war time. The experiences they shared were instrumental in her deep respect and caring for our nation’s Heroes - it was why she wanted to become a Nurse. As a graduate of LSU, she is happy to be back in Louisiana.

James Hardin, Acting Chief of Staff

James Hardin | 318-466-2202

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Hardin is an accomplished physician with a strong background in education/resident supervision and practice management. He is board certified in Ophthalmology with over 20 years of experience as a direct care provider with 14 years spent as medical practice owner and five years as a Surgery Section Chief at the Alexandria VA Health Care System (AVAHCS). Dr. Hardin has served in extended acting capacities as the Chief for Specialty Care and most recently as Chief of Staff. Dr. Hardin’s leadership during the COVID 19 pandemic has been instrumental in ensuring the facility was prepared to properly care for Veterans during this unprecedented time in AVAHCS history. Dr. Hardin has participated in system redesign projects, root cause analysis teams, and completed medical advisory opinions for the facility. Dr. Hardin has established effective working relationships with community facility medical leaders to ensure coordinated efforts for Veteran care. Dr. Hardin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Zoology in 1983 then continued his education to obtain his medical degree as an honor graduate in 1990. He completed his Ophthalmology residency in 1995. Dr. Hardin was in private practice until October 2014, at which time he transitioned to the Alexandria VA Healthcare System. Dr. Hardin is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as well as the Alpha Omega Alpha Society. Dr. Hardin has a current medical license in the State of North Carolina. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor for Tulane University and provides oversight the Resident and Fellow program at AVAHCS. Dr. Hardin’s most recent leadership roles have been at AVAHCS. He has served as the Section Chief of Surgery since his arrival in 2014, served as the Acting Chief of Staff and was selected as Chief of Staff on June 21, 2020. Dr, Hardin has assisted the facility on several occasions with multiple month details as the Acting Chief of Specialty Care. Leadership roles outside the VA setting include Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Rowan Regional Medical Center, Chairman of the Department of Outpatient Surgery at Rowan Regional Medical Center, and various other medical center committee memberships Dr. Hardin also spent time as an Assistant Professor at Kansas University Medical Center. Dr. Hardin has completed RCAs and MAOs for AVAHCS as well as participated in system redesign projects, access improvement initiatives, and lead the facility resident and fellow educational programs.