Leadership Team - Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Leadership Team

Stephanie Young, Medical Center Director

Stephanie Young | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5224

Medical Center Director

Stephanie Young has proudly served America’s Heroes for over 25 years in various positions in the Veterans Health Administration. She was appointed as Director of the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System and Charles George VA Medical Center on February 18, 2018. In this role, Ms. Young is responsible for providing exceptional health care to 48,000 Veterans that improves their health and well-being. Ms. Young ensures the delivery of quality, patient-centered care throughout the entire health care system, which is comprised of Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville and three community based outpatient clinics located in Franklin, Hickory and Rutherford County. She is also responsible for approximately 2,000 full-time employees and volunteers and manages an annual operating budget exceeding $360 million. Ms. Young previously served as Director of the VA Iliana Health Care System (VAIHCS) from February 2016 - February 2018 and as the facility’s Acting Director from January 2015 - February 2016. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Director for the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan from June 2010 - January 2015 and as their Facility Chief Information Officer from April 2007 to June 2010. Ms. Young received her Bachelor of Science - Information Technology degree from the University of Phoenix and has an Associate in Science degree from Delta Community College.

Robert Evans, Associate Medical Center Director

Robert Evans | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5212

Associate Medical Center Director

As Associate Medical Center Director, Mr. Evans has direct oversight of ten areas including: Fiscal, Logistics, Hospital Administration, Facility Management, Human Resources, Nutrition & Food, Police, Safety, Prosthetics, and Veterans Experience. He also has indirect oversight of OI&T and Veterans Canteen Service. Prior to selection as Associate Medical Center Director at Charles George VA Medical Center, Mr. Evans served as the Assistant Medical Center Director at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from February 2014-January 2017. During this period, Mr. Evans served two extended details as Acting Associate Medical Director both at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Georgia and at the WJB Dorn VAMC, Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Evans entered the VA May 2011at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan. A Veteran with more than 25 distinguished years of service, he is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B.-1976), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.-1979), Candler School of Theology (Th.M.-1992), and the Naval War College (M.A.-2003). During his 25 plus year career in the United States Navy he held senior leadership positions within the Navy, Joint, and Combined Command structures with worldwide, national, and regional spans of command and control. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.

Paul Riggs, Chief of Staff

Paul Riggs | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5221

Chief of Staff

Paul R. Riggs, D.O., was appointed chief of staff for the Western North Carolina Healthcare System on March 3, 2019. Dr. Riggs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, and completed his post-graduate training at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital System. He is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. Riggs began his work at the VA on June 01, 2004 and has served as the Interim Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief Primary Care, Assistant Chief of Primary Care, and as the Director of CGVAMC Veterans Integrative Pain Management Program. In this key role, Dr. Riggs is responsible for providing administrative and clinical leadership to all clinical service lines at the Asheville VA Medical Center.

David Przestrzelski, M.S., R.N., Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

David Przestrzelski, M.S., R.N. | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5449

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

David Przestrzelski, MS, RN, was appointed Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Charles George VA Medical Center on Oct. 1, 2006 after serving as Chief, Nursing Service/Nurse Executive since February of 2003. He is responsible for nursing and support staff within the Nursing Service and coordinates clinical service delivery with the Chief of Staff in this complexity level 1C facility. Prior to this assignment, he served 10 years at the VA Medical Center in Tucson as chief nurse executive and director of nursing education. He founded the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, and helped lead the expansion of a VA city-wide internship program. He has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing (1975). After private sector clinical experience, he served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Nurse Corps (1977-1980) at the Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; and Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC. After military service, he began his VA career as a critical care nurse at the North Chicago VA Medical Center. After completing his master of science degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in 1984, he served as nurse manager and associate chief, Nursing Service, in the 1,200-bed Edward J. Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. In 1988, he was appointed Senior Associate Chief Nurse at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where he was clinical champion in design of a $94 million clinical addition. In 1992, he was appointed chief nurse executive at the Tucson VA Medical Center. He transferred to the Nurse Executive role at the Charles George VA Medical Center in 2003. He is a graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Institute and the Federal Executive Institute. He is the Nurse Executive Liaison for sterile processing and reusable medical equipment issues at the national level, a national leader in nurse staffing methodology and chairs the VISN 6 Pain Committee.