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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 Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD | 804-675-5088

Assistant Director

Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD, was appointed as Assistant Director of the Richmond VA Medical Center September 21, 2016. Dr. Simmons is part of the Senior Leadership team and her responsibility includes providing administrative oversight of Prosthetics, Voluntary Service, Canteen Service and Food & Nutrition Service. Dr. Simmons also serves as the Combined Federal Campaign Manager for the medical facility and a graduate of the VISN-Leadership Development institute (LDI).

Prior to Dr. Simmons appointment, she served as Acting Assistant Director since November 2014. Additionally, she served in the role as Community & Outpatient Program Supervisor at Richmond VA Medical Center providing clinical and administrative oversight to HealthCare for Homeless Veterans Programs (HUD VASH Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, Prison-Re-entry, Grant & Per Diem Program, Substance Use Disorder Program and Homeless Employment Program), Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) and three Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville and Emporia Virginia.

Dr. Simmons brings over 14 years of leadership experience to the facility and has served in a variety of healthcare settings that include hospitals, community based agencies, correctional facilities and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Simmons holds a PhD of Counselor Education & Supervision degree from Regent University, Master’s Degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University and Bachelors of Science in Psychology for Norfolk State University. Dr. Simmons is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW), VA Homeless Advisory Council and the CFC Executive.