Leadership Team - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

David C. Collins, Medical Center Director

David C. Collins | 757-728-3101

Medical Center Director

David C. Collins was appointed Director of the Hampton VA Medical Center on September 16, 2019. He was previously the Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General where he developed and implemented healthcare policy governing the Navy and Marine Corps. He was responsible for the provision of centralized, coordinated policy development, tri-service and Department of Defense collaboration, and professional staffing and approval of all Navy healthcare programs. He is also a Navy Medical Service Corps Officer, with 28 years of accomplished healthcare executive leadership experience. Additionally, he has 15 years at the Director, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer levels. He has diverse experience in complex health systems with executive board responsibilities at tertiary care, family practice teaching, and community hospitals. He is a results-driven healthcare executive with superior leadership performance, unparalleled decision-making expertise and communication skills. He is dedicated, assertive and confident, a proven leader in health system management, executive development, patient safety, process improvement, change management, and medical education, resulting in strong employee, patient, and physician satisfaction.

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD, Associate Director for Operations

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD | 757-728-3102

Associate Director for Operations

Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, currently serves as the Associate Director of Operations of the Hampton VA Medical Center. She was appointed 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.

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.