Leadership Team - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD, Executive Director

Taquisa K. Simmons, PhD | 757-722-9961 Ext. 3100

Executive Director

Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons was appointed as the Hampton VA Medical Center's Executive Director January 17, 2021. Dr. Simmons oversees the delivery of health care to more than 59,050 Veterans at the medical center, which is currently experiencing a 16.82 percent growth rate (more than five times the national average) and an operating budget exceeding $500 million. Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, previously served 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.

Michael W. Harper, RT(R), MHR, MBA, VHA-CM, Associate Director for Operations

Michael W. Harper, RT(R), MHR, MBA, VHA-CM | 757-722-9961 Ext. 3101

Associate Director for Operations

Mr. Harper joined Hampton VA Healthcare System as Associate Director for Operations, June 6, 2021. Mr. Harper previously served in Fayetteville North Carolina VA Coastal Healthcare System as the Assistant Medical Center Director in January 2019. Prior to joining the Fayetteville North Carolina VA Coastal Healthcare System, he spent 10 years at the Memphis VA Medical Center, in Memphis, Tennessee. He has extensive leadership experience in healthcare operations within VHA serving in such roles as: Chief of Business Office, Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director, Administrative Officer for Ambulatory Care, Acting Group Practice Manager, and Acting Chief of Customer Service. He is a native Memphian. Prior to joining the VA, he served as Chairman of the Allied Health Programs at Remington College in Memphis Tennessee. |Mr. Harper holds an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Crichton College, a Master's Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University

Shawn Alexander, Chief of Staff

Shawn Alexander | 757-722-9961 Ext. 3102

Chief of Staff

Dr. Shawn Alexander was appointed Chief of Staff effective May 24, 2020. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Wake Forest University, then completed graduate studies in Clinical Microbiology at Duke University and earned his Doctor of Medicine from East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Alexander has worked diligently to provide excellent care to the Veteran population. He embraces all the Process Improvement, Medical Informatics and Patient Safety as VA pillars upon which to build a solid foundation for an ever-changing healthcare field.

Crystal Lindaman, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Crystal Lindaman | 757-722-9961 Ext. 3103

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.