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Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia


Leadership Team

David L. Whitmer, FACHE, Medical Center Director

David L. Whitmer, FACHE | 478-272-1210

Medical Center Director

David L. Whitmer has over 25 years of management and leadership experience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Veterans Heath Administration (VHA) and is currently the Director at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA. A board-certified healthcare executive, Whitmer recently completed a yearlong assignment as the Interim Director for the Roseburg VA Healthcare System (RVAHCS) in Roseburg, OR. The RVAHCS consists of a medical center located in Roseburg, OR, two Outpatient Clinics located in Brookings and North Bend, OR, and the Eugene VA Health Care Center in Eugene, OR. As the Chief Operating Officer for the VA Sunshine Health Care Network (VISN 8), starting May 2014, Whitmer held a senior leadership position responsible for innovatively applying planning and health administration skills to provide Veterans with high quality care consistent with community standards and industry best practices. Whitmer holds a Master of Political Science degree with an emphasis in public administration and a Bachelor of Education degree both from the University of South Florida. A former high school teacher and football coach in Leesburg, Florida, he started his NIH career as a presidential management intern in 1993, spending his first year as an administrative officer for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Whitmer held progressively more challenging management positions at NIH, including serving for nearly eight years as the SES Executive Officer for the National Eye Institute (NEI), where he helped support the nation’s vision research program. Whitmer is committed to community involvement and has been very involved in outside volunteer positions. He is an active member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). When not at work, Whitmer enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, SCUBA, boating, and gardening.

Connie Hampton, DNP, RN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Connie Hampton, DNP, RN | 478-277-2730

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

With over 20 years of nursing experience, including 14 years in important nursing leadership positions, as ADPCS for the CVVAMC, Dr. Connie Hampton will serves as a key member of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center’s executive management team, providing leadership and expert knowledge for the medical center and five community-based outpatient clinics. Dr. Hampton began her career at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in 1995 and served in multiple roles such as staff nurse, charge nurse , nurse manager and Associate Nurse Executive to name a few. Her leadership portfolio allowed her to manage acute care, long-term care, surgery, emergency, and sterile processing. Dr. Hampton received her Associate’s Degree in 1994 from Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, AL, a Bachelor of Science in 1998 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Master of Science FNP degree in 2000 from Samford University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2010 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Hampton loves community service work and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is a 2015 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).


Gerald "Jay" DeWorth | 478-277-2702

Associate Director

Gerald M. “Jay” De Worth was officially appointed as the new Associate Medical Center Director for the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center on June 16, 2012. Immediately prior to his current assignment, De Worth served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director at the VA medical center in Alexandria, VA. During a VA career that spans 27 years, De Worth has occupied a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Facilities Management at the Alexandria VA Health Care System; Director of Patient Support Services at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO; and Chief of Clinical Nutrition at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He began his VA career as a clinical dietician at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama. De Worth’s VA experience is broad and encompasses multiple areas: customer service representative for the Alexandria VA Health Care System and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 16; strategic planning; VA and Department of Defense (DoD) collaboration; Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) implementation planning; patient safety; Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) program; suicide prevention program; and mental health environment of care. He has a passionate commitment to ensuring superior customer service wherever he works and is particularly enthusiastic about initiatives relating to VA’s Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) initiatives. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), De Worth continually seeks new challenges that will expand his knowledge base related to VA healthcare. A native of New Jersey, De Worth received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and pursued graduate work at Central Michigan University. He has a beautiful wife, Jackie, and three lovely daughters.

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Kedron Heads | 478-272-1210

Acting Chief of Staff