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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Leadership Team

Portrait of John A. Brandecker

John A. Brandecker | 804-675-5500


Mr. John A. Brandecker, MBA, MPH, was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as Medical Center Director at the McGuire VA Medical Center on May 5, 2013.

Mr. Brandecker is responsible for the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Charlottesville, Emporia, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. McGuire VAMC is a 1A complexity health system comprised of 408 operating beds which include 98 long-term care beds and a 16 bed domiciliary. He provides care to over 60,000 Veterans in a 52 county area with more than 3,300 employees. McGuire VAMC offers significant inpatient and outpatient services with a focus on inpatient Polytrauma care and rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and Cardiac Transplantation.

Mr. Brandecker’s last assignment was at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, where he served as Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of their University Hospitals.

Portrait of Alan Lombardo, FACHE

Alan Lombardo, FACHE | 804-675-5501

Associate Director

Mr. Lombardo was appointed as the Associate Director of the VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia on March 20, 2016. He was previously appointed as the Acting Associate Director on December 1, 2014 and Assistant Director on December 1, 2013. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director and Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2013.

As the Associate Director, Mr. Lombardo is responsible for the major administrative functions of the medical center to include facility management, police services, finance and healthcare administrative services.

Mr. Lombardo received his Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in 1998. In 2002, he completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree at Shenandoah University. In 2011, he received both a Master of Healthcare Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. Early in 2014, he achieved the Fellow status for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA

Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA | 804-675-5511

Chief of Staff

Dr. Beales was appointed Richmond VA Medical Center’s Chief of Staff, January 27, 2013. Dr. Beales had served as the Interim Chief of Staff of the Richmond VAMC from December 2010 to January 2013. Prior to this role, Dr. Beales was appointed as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics & Extended Care (G&EC), in 2006 and continued to serve Veterans when she was appointed as Deputy Medical Center Chief of Staff, in October, 2009.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Beales is responsible for the direct supervision of four Associate Chiefs of Staff, five service lines, and 19 clinical services, providing support for a highly affiliated level one tertiary care medical center.

Dr. Beales received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in 1983. In 1987, she completed a doctoral degree in Immunology followed by her Medical Doctor degree in 1996, both from the Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2002, Dr. Beales also completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Portrait of Sandeep D. Chhahira

Sandeep D. Chhahira | 804-675-5511

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Sandeep D. Chhahira joined the leadership team at the Richmond VAMC in 2014 as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Dr. Chhahira graduated from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India in 1991. He completed his Internal Medicine residency in 1995 at North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills, NY. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Chhahira has had experience working in both private and public sector for the past two decades, and has used his diverse experience to implement positive changes in health care. He started by working in an underserved area in South Carolina in a multispecialty group until 1997 before moving to Kansas City, where he joined the only Hospitalist program in Kansas City at the time and also one of the few in the nation. With his leadership, the Hospitalist program grew exponentially in a matter of few years (1997-2003) and realized positive patient outcomes, significant decreased length of stays, and improved patient satisfaction.

In 2003, Dr. Chhahira started his VA career at Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System (Leavenworth and Topeka, KS). He spent the next 10 years working to improve health care delivery for 36,000 veterans receiving care at VA-EKHCS. He was appointed as the Clinical Assistant Professor at KU School of Medicine in 2003, and started his administrative career at the VA-EKHCS as Section Chief for Medicine in 2004, Associate Chief of Medicine in 2006, Chief of Medicine in 2008 and then Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010. Dr. Chhahira is a graduate of the Executive Career Field Program Class of 2010 and received the VHA System Redesign National Award for Access in 2010. In addition he has also served as Acting Chief Medical Officer for VISN 15 in 2012.

Portrait of Marjorie Lyne, RN MSN

Marjorie Lyne, RN MSN | 804-675-5000 x2118

Associate Medical Center Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Lyne was appointed as the Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services of the VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia on January 4, 2016. In this role, Ms. Lyne provides administrative oversight of Nursing Service, Pharmacy, Chaplain Service, Social Work Service, and Sterile Processing Service. She previously served as the Chief of Ambulatory Nursing and Acting Chief of Polytrauma and Wound Care Nursing beginning in August 2010. She provided clinical and administrative oversight for Richmond Primary Care Clinics, Specialty Clinics, Emergency Department, Polytrauma inpatient/outpatient settings, wound care nurses, and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Emporia.

Ms. Lyne received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. In 1994, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Virginia in 1998.

Portrait of Natalie Maixner

Natalie Maixner | 804-675-5088

Assistant Director

Ms. Maixner was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of the McGuire VA Medical Center on May 13, 2018. Ms. Maixner previously served as the Administrator for the developing Fredericksburg Health Care Center. Prior to this, she held the role of Executive Assistant to the Director and Strategic Planner. Ms. Maixner worked as acting VISN 6 Strategic Planner, Administrative Officer for Primary Care and acting Practice Manager for the Charlottesville and Emporia Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. She began her VA career as an administrative resident.

As the Assistant Director, Ms. Maixner is responsible for providing oversight to the facility’s Veteran Canteen Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Prosthetics, Voluntary Service, Systems Redesign, McGuire’s Innovators Network and chairs the Organizational Health Council.

Ms. Maixner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is active in the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.