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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Leadership Team

Portrait of Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5224

Medical Center Director

Stephanie Young has garnered more than 12 years of VA Leadership experience through a variety of positions at facilities in Saginaw, MI, and the Iliana Health Care System in Danville, Ill. Young has served in the capacity as director of the VA Iliana HCS since December 2015, responsible for operations and services for more than 40,000 enrolled Veterans in the 239-bed hospital, including a 156-bed Community Living Center and four outpatient clinics, with oversight of a budget exceeding $176 million and a workforce of 1,500

Portrait of Robert Evans

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.

Portrait of Carl Bazemore

Carl Bazemore | (828) 298-7911 Ext.

Chief of Staff

Dr. Carl Bazemore is Interim Medical Center Director until the permanent position is filled. Dr. Bazemore serves as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing a 1C facility that provides the full spectrum of health services to more than 50,000 Veterans residing in a 23-county area of Western North Carolina. The Medical Center is staffed by more than 1800 employees with an annual budget exceeding $360 million. Dr. Bazemore received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Durham, N.C; and MD degree from Emory University in Atlanta. While on active duty with the U.S. Navy, he completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the Naval Hospitals in Portsmouth, VA., and San Diego, Calif. He served on active duty from 1981 to 1989 and retired as a Captain after serving in the Navy Reserve from 1993 to 2007. Dr. Bazemore, as a Reservist, was Head, Medical Operations Support Team for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Department of the Navy and provided medical support for the U.S. Embassy in London. Dr. Bazemore joined the staff of the Charles George VAMC in 2008 after being in private practice since 1989. He was a staff pulmonary/critical care intensivist at the Medical Center and Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit until assuming the Chief of Staff position. He assumed the duties of Chief of Staff in July 2014.

Portrait of David Przestrzelski, M.S., R.N.

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.