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Hampton VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD, Interim Medical Center Director

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD | 757-728-3101

Interim Medical Center Director

Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, was currently serves as Interim Medical Center Director of the Hampton VA Medical Center. She was appointed Associate Director for Operations at the Hampton Veteran Affairs Medical Center on March 4, 2018. Dr. Simmons has previously acted in the role of Associate Director at the McGuire VA Medical Center, in Richmond, Virginia, as well as, the Hampton VA Medical Center, prior to her current appointment. Dr. Simmons has an extensive background in health care leadership. Prior to joining Hampton VA Medical Center she served as Assistant Director at McGuire VA Medical Center where she was responsible for service lines and programs which included, Canteen, Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service/Fisher House Program, Prosthetics Service, Human Resources Management Service and Social Work Service. Dr. Simmons holds a Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, (May 2014); a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, (May 1999); and a Bachelor ’s Degree in Science of Psychology from Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA, (May 1995). She is a member in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Simmons brings with her a history of healthcare leadership experience and commitment to achieving the VA's mission of serving our nation’s heroes.

Priscilla Hankins, MD, Chief of Staff

Priscilla Hankins, MD | 757-722-9961

Chief of Staff

Priscilla Hankins M.D. was appointed Chief of Staff at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center on August 7, 2016. Dr. Hankins has approximately 30 years civil service experience as a Veteran of the United States Navy and as a VA employee. As the Chief of Staff, Dr. Hankins is responsible for oversight of the provision of clinical services in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and long-term care settings. The Hampton VA offers treatment in primary and subspecialty care, intensive care, mental health, spinal cord injury, geriatrics & extended care, hospice care, and other clinical services. Dr. Hankins is a board certified psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans in 1986. She completed her psychiatric internship and residency training at Naval Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia in 1990. She served for seven years in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with an academic appointment at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Hankins has worked in the field of traumatology for over 20 years, treating Veterans with PTSD and co-morbid psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. Dr. Hankins joined the Hampton VAMC in 1993 as a staff psychiatrist and worked in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic for ten years until 2004. She was selected as the Chief of Mental Health and served in this capacity from 2004 to 2016. Dr. Hankins brings a wealth of leadership experience, dedication, and commitment to the VA mission to provide quality, timely and accessible care to our nation’s veterans, while adhering to the ICARE principles of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence.

Crystal Lindaman, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Crystal Lindaman | 757-722-9961

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Crystal K. Lindaman was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Hampton VA Medical Center effective August 7, 2016. As Associate Director for Patient Care Services, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation and professional oversight of more than 600 nursing personnel. She joined the Hampton VAMC in November 2011 as the Chief Nurse Acute Care where she was responsible for the oversight of nursing staff in the areas of Emergency Department, ICU, Med/Surg, OR/ASCU/PACU, Patient Flow Center, Utilization Management, and the Nursing Officer of the Day role. Mrs. Lindaman began her VA career in 1987 as a staff nurse in the SICU at the Iowa City VAMC. During her 10 years in Iowa City she served in the roles of staff nurse, Surgical Unit Nurse Manager, and then Medical Unit Nurse Manager. She developed the first utilization management program for the facility. She held the role of Clinical Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa, College of Nursing, authored three publications in national nursing journals, and held the office of Secretary in the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau; a professional nursing Honor Society. A native of Iowa, Mrs. Lindaman holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced; granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as certification through VHA’s National HPDM Mentor Program at the Fellow level.