Leadership Team - Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks
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Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks


Leadership Team

Kelvin L. Parks, MA, Medical Center Director

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, Associate Medical Center Director

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.

Jaconda M. Lightburn, DHA, MS, VHA-CM, Assistant Medical Center Director

Jaconda M. Lightburn, DHA, MS, VHA-CM | 844-501-8387

Assistant Medical Center Director

Dr. Jaconda Lightburn was appointed as the Assistant Medical Center Director in October 2019. Before assuming this role, she has served as the Acting Assistant Director at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Acting Assistant/Associate Director at the Charleston VAMC numerous times, Acting Chief of Community Care, Acting Human Resource Officer, Acting Administrative Officer, Chief of Safety, and GEMS Manager. Dr. Lightburn is a retired Veteran with over 24 years of honorable and distinguished service. She began her career as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician for the US Air Force, performing Industrial Hygiene (IH) and environmental management. After eight years, she elected to get off active duty joined USAF Reserves and began working for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as a Faculty Instructor, teaching environmental and safety courses. After completing her Masters she returned to MUSC to perform environmental research in 101 hospitals throughout South Carolina and to work as a Marine/Environmental Education Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. Subsequently, Dr. Lightburn transferred to the Air Force as a civil servant where she worked as a Safety Manager and Environmental Scientist where she managed the Solid Waste Program, a Qualified Recycling Program (QRP), the environmental audit program, and Green Procurement, prior to joining the VA. She is a Virginia native and has a Doctorate in Health Administration, MS in Environmental Pollution Control from Pennsylvania State University, a BS in Vocational Education, and two Associates in Science. Beyond her academic accomplishments, Dr. Lightburn is a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), Graduate USA Executive Potential Program (EPP), a Mentor (fellow level) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is the mother of three grown children: Jatia, Joshua and Jaelyn (twins) and the proud grandmother of three.

Anurag Mehta, MD, FACC, Chief of Staff

Anurag Mehta, MD, FACC | 479-444-5058

Chief of Staff

Anurag Mehta, MD, FACC, was appointed as the Chief of Staff for Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) effective January 20, 2019. In this role, he oversees all clinical departments. Dr. Mehta was the Chief of Medicine at VHSO prior to this appointment. Before coming to Fayetteville in December 2017, Dr. Mehta worked at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System as the Chief of Medicine. Dr. Mehta has worked for the VA since 2007, beginning as a contract physician. In 2009, he was hired as a full-time physician. Later he became the Director of Cardiac Cath and in 2011 was appointed as the Chief of Medicine.|Dr. Mehta received his Doctorate from J.J.M Medical College in India and completed his residency and fellowship at West Virginia University. His fellowship was in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. As the Chief of Medicine at VHSO, Dr. Mehta had program and practice responsibilities for the Emergency Department, Specialty Clinics, Inpatient, Cardio Pulmonary, Sleep Lab, Palliative Care, and Physical Therapy services. His VA assignments have involved him in some notable changes with care and access including having access in a clinic 90-95% within the specified time frames, provision of new services that included a Cardiac Cath Lab, implementing a provider triage in the Emergency Department reduction of wait times in Gastroenterology. Dr. Mehta is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He and his wife, a neurologist, have two daughters.

Amy Huycke, RN, MS, Associate Director, Patient Care Services

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).