Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks
Kelvin L. Parks, MA | 479-444-5058
Medical Center Director
Mr. Kelvin L. Parks was appointed Medical Center Director of Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) on November 25, 2018, and is responsible for the control and operation of this complexity level 1C healthcare system comprised of 1,500 employees, 6 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and 55 thousand Veterans in three states. Prior to this assignment, he served as VHSO Associate Director, where he oversaw the operations of the facility to include: $327M operating budget, Engineering, Safety, Logistics, Employee Education, Nutrition and Food Service, Prosthetics, Business Operations, Finance, and Privacy. He previously served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Manchester, New Hampshire VA Medical Center. His VA Career began in November 2006 as an Education Compliance Specialist with the Veterans Benefits Administration. He then joined the VHA as a VA/DoD HR Coordinator at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in January 2008, where he was instrumental in the establishment of this country’s first fully integrated federal health care system between the DoD and Veterans Affairs. Mr. Parks was appointed as Supervisory Health Systems Specialist to the Lovell Director in November 2010 and his career demonstrated continuous advancement through leadership positions, which include appointments as Acting Assistant Director at Lovell FHCC and Acting Assistant Director at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Mr. Parks is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Yeoman (Aviation Warfare). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Crichton College and a Masters in Management and Leadership from Webster University
Edward L. Woody, FACHE | 479-443-4301 Ext. 65058
Associate Medical Center Director
Edward L. Woody, FACHE is a senior healthcare executive with over 30 years of federal and civilian experience in healthcare administration, resource management, strategic planning, operations, logistics, human resources, and clinical operations management. He has served as a senior executive in civilian post-acute rehabilitation hospitals. Additionally, he has experience as an Assistant Director with the Oklahoma City Veterans Health Care System. Mr. Woody is a graduate of the VA’s inaugural Health Care Executive Fellowship program (HCEF) and completed his one-year fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas in August of 2013. Prior to the fellowship, he served as a Regional Operations Director in the Memphis, Tennessee market for DaVita Dialysis, Inc., managing the operations of 21 dialysis clinics. Mr. Woody served in the United States Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer for over 20 years, retiring in September 2007 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his career he held various leadership and staff positions from the platoon level to service at the Secretary of the Army level. Mr. Woody graduated from the University of Memphis in 1987, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 1997, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University. He is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate (Ed. D) degree at Baylor University. Mr. Woody is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a recipient of the U.S. Army Order of Military Medical Merit. Mr. Woody and his wife, Major (Retired) Tezra Woody, have three adult children, Brandon, Joseph, and Taylor.
Jennifer Anderson, MD, PharmD | 479-444-5050
Acting Chief of Staff
Jennifer Anderson, MD, PharmD, has 12 years of progressive leadership experience at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. She currently serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for Quality, Safety and Value, where she is responsible for quality and accreditation, risk management, patient safety, data analytics and informatics, VERA, clinical applications coordination and decision support services, and is the HRO champion for the facility. Prior to this role, Dr. Anderson served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in Little Rock. In this role, she oversaw outpatient operations and provided direct supervision to Clinic Practice Management, Primary Care, Home Based Primary Care, and Pharmacy programs. Dr. Anderson began her career with the VA in 2009 as a staff ophthalmologist. She later became the Section Chief of Ophthalmology, Assistant Chief of Surgery and Chief of Surgery. Dr. Anderson obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her ophthalmology residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist with experience in academic, private practice, and utilization reviews within various VA settings, and is also recognized as a certified Improvement Advisor. Dr. Anderson is a native of Arkansas. She and her husband, Danny, have three children.
Amy Huycke, RN, MS | 479-444-3025
Associate Director, Patient Care Services
Amy Huycke, RN, MS was appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) effective December 14, 2014. Ms. Huycke was the ADPCS at the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Alexandria, LA prior to this appointment. She has program and practice responsibility for nurses throughout the medical center, across all services and locations. Nursing, Chaplain Service, Voluntary Service & Sterile Processing Services are in her line. Ms. Huycke received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and a Master of Science in Nursing at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ms. Huycke is a native of the state of Illinois. |She has worked for the VA for 34 years, beginning as a graduate nurse technician, progressing to staff nurse, head nurse, clinic director, associate chief nurse, acting nurse executive and currently serving in the nurse executive role. She began her career at the Oklahoma City VA (15 years), transferred for growth opportunities to the Las Vegas, Nevada VA (3 years), moved to Biloxi, Mississippi VA (8 years), transferred for growth opportunity to the Pineville, Louisiana for 4 years, and then moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas (3 years). Her VA assignments have involved her in some emergent notable disasters such as the Oklahoma City bombing and Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Huycke has been certified as a CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse).
Ryan O'Meara | 479-444-5050
Acting Assistant Medical Center Director
Ryan began his career with the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in 2008 as an Accounting Technician Student Trainee, while attending Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, Ryan was selected as Operating Accountant, and during the next few years was promoted to Accounting Supervisor, then to the facility Budget Officer. In 2016, he accepted the Assistant Financial Officer position at the Oklahoma City VAMC, where he was soon detailed as acting Chief Financial Officer. Ryan returned to VHSO in 2018 after being selected as Chief Financial Officer, and his family considers Northwest Arkansas home. Ryan and his wife keep busy with their 2 toddlers, and they enjoy sports, the lake, camping, and anything that involves the outdoors.