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Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia


Leadership Team

Portrait of Brent A. Thelen, PhD

Brent A. Thelen, PhD | 478-272-1210

Interim Director

Dr. Brent A. Thelen was the National Director of QCD Division where he was responsible for leading and planning programmatic efforts, as well as operations and oversight in the implementation of a national integrated Business/Quality Management System within the VA. Dr. Thelen most recently was the Acting Deputy Network Director in VISN 7. Previously, Dr. Thelen served as Director, Northern Indiana Healthcare System and Associate Director at the Detroit VAMC; Chief, Facilities Management Services (FMS) at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and Chief, FMS at the Saginaw VAMC, Michigan.

Dr. Thelen has an extensive amount of compliance/auditing experience in a number of compliance standards in both Clinical and Administrative processes. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Lead Auditor and business owner that focuses on standard compliance, customer satisfaction and consultation. He worked extensively with agencies to improve care for Veterans.

He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Thelen holds Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees in Engineering, a Master's Degree in Administration and a PhD in Engineering. He is also a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and father of three with one grandson.

Portrait of Connie Hampton, DNP, RN

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

Associate Director, 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).

Portrait of Gerald

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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Ijeoma Kene-Ewulu, MD, FRCS Ed | 478-272-1210

Interim Deputy Chief of Staff