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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Leadership Team

Portrait of Cynthia Breyfogle

Cynthia Breyfogle | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5224

Medical Center Director

Cynthia Breyfogle is the Medical Center Director at the Charles George VA
Medical Center (VAMC) in Asheville, North Carolina. Her responsibilities
include oversight of a 116-bed acute care hospital, a 120-bed community
living center, and the operation of three community-based outpatient clinics
in Franklin, Rutherford County, and Hickory, NC. Since October 2014,
Asheville has ranked as a 5-star facility in quality and efficiency according
to the VA Strategic Analytics and Learning Model (SAIL) placing it in the
top 10 of all VA facilities nationally. The Charles George VAMC is a tertiary
care facility and a teaching hospital; it is part of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health
Care Network which includes facilities in North Carolina and Virginia.

Prior to her appointment as Medical Center Director, Ms. Breyfogle was
Acting Network Director for the VA Midwest Health Care Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this position, she served as the senior official for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of the bordering states of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. VISN 23 includes eight health care systems and 50 community-based outpatient clinics that serve 290,000 veterans and an annual budget of more than $2 billion.

Prior to serving as Acting Network Director, Ms. Breyfogle served as Deputy Director of VISN 23. In this role, she was responsible for network operations, including strategic and tactical planning, human resource management, business operations, finance, capital asset management, contracting, biomedical engineering, and logistics.

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 M.D.

Carl Bazemore M.D. | (828) 298-7911 Ext. 5933

Chief of Staff

The chief of staff has direct responsibility for all clinical and patient care activities at the Medical Center and three community based outpatient clinics located in Franklin, Rutherfordton and Hickory.

Bazemore earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed his internship studies at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virgina.

Doctor Bazemore, a retired Navy Veteran, came to Asheville from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Before taking on the chief of staff position he was the chief of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the CGVAMC.

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.