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W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC


Leadership Team

Portrait of Kaye Green, FACHE

Kaye Green, FACHE | 704-638-3344

Medical Center Director

Kaye Green, FACHE, was appointed as the Director at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, effective October 21, 2012.

Most recently, Ms. Green served as Interim Director at the El Paso VA Medical Center for a six-month assignment. Previously, Ms. Green was appointed Associate Director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) in August 2009. Prior to her assignment in Albuquerque, Ms. Green served as Associate Director of the VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, Florida from 2005-2009. She also worked as Health Systems Specialist to both the Deputy and Network Director of VISN 8 from 2001-2005. Early assignments in her career include Executive Assistant to the Director, Facility Planner, and Chief of Revenue & Fee Services at the VA Health Care System in Amarillo, Texas. She also served on the governing board of Florida’s Suncoast Combined Federal Campaign for four years and was elected Chair of the Board from 2007-2009.

Ms. Green holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees from Wayland Baptist University, with specialization in Healthcare Administration.

She is a graduate of the inaugural class of VHA’s Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program, Health Care Leadership Institute and Leadership VA. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Linette Baker, MPA

Linette Baker, MPA | 704-638-9000

Associate Director

Linette L. Baker, MPA, was appointed as the Associate Director at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, effective April 8, 2013.

Most recently, Ms. Baker served as the Chief, Human Resources Service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Previously, Ms. Baker was the Chief, Health Administration Service from February 2009 through May 2011. Prior to her assignment in San Diego, Ms. Baker served in several roles at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ from 2004 – 2009, culminating in her selection as the Assistant Chief, Health Administration Service in 2008. She also worked as Program Specialist to the VBA Western Area Director from 2002 – 2004. She has served on several national committees in the Chief Business Office related to beneficiary travel. Ms. Baker is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving for 24 years before her retirement in 2002. Her assignments include the 86th Dental Squadron Superintendent at Ramstein AB, Germany, 86th Medical Group Quality Advisor, Kadena AB, Japan and C-141 Loadmaster Technical Training Instructor at Altus AFB, OK. She was also deployed during Operation Desert Storm.

Ms. Baker holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Vocational Education degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

She is a graduate of VHA Health Care Leadership and Development Program. She received several military awards during her Air Force career, to include the Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation Medals, Combat Readiness medal and the AF Achievement Medals. She was also the Pacific Air Forces Senior NCO of the Year, Air Mobility Command NCO of the Year and the USAF Academy Airman of the Year.

Portrait of Subbarao Pemmaraju, MD

Subbarao Pemmaraju, MD | (704) 638-3353

Chief of Staff

Dr. Subbarao Pemmaraju (Raju) was appointed as the Chief of Staff at the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center effective June 2, 2013. He has been with the VA since September 2004.

Dr. Raju received his M.D. degree in India, completed Family Medicine residency training at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL, followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, PA. He is Board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care. His prior positions include serving as the Chief of Geriatrics at Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC, Chief of Geriatrics & Extended Care and Deputy Chief of Staff Ambulatory Care Services, WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC.

Dr. Raju also completed a master’s degree in healthcare administration (MHA) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. He is a 2011 Graduate of HCLDP (Health Care Leadership Development Program, formally known as ECF program) and is currently a participant in the 2012-2013 Leadership VA (LVA) program.

He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and enjoys teaching Resident Physicians and Fellows. His areas of interest include working and implementing new, innovative models of healthcare and he enjoys taking care of the elderly Veterans across multiple settings, including outpatient, community living center and hospice care. He has been successful in applying for and obtaining funding for many healthcare grants to start new programs and expand existing programs. He enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and cricket.

Portrait of Stephanie A Triplett, MHA

Stephanie A Triplett, MHA | 704-638-9000 ext. 6386

Assistant Director, SBYVAMC

Stephanie Triplett was appointed as the Assistant Director at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, effective December 1, 2014.

Most recently, Ms. Triplett served as the Administrator of Clinical Operations at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Previously, Ms. Triplett served as a national resource within the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center as a Regional Improvement / Innovation Specialist (Senior Industrial Engineer) and has also worked for Caterpillar, Inc. and private health systems. Her work has heavily focused on developing and implementing solutions during times when no additional funding or resources were available. Since 2011, Ms. Triplett has been awarded more than $1.6M in grants related to innovation initiatives within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Ms. Triplett is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree with an emphasis in Quality Improvement and Systems Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University. She has expertise in human-centered design, operations research, logistics, modeling and simulation, and data mining. She is also a strong supporter of transforming data and evidence-based research into practice and seeks out opportunities to either lead or support projects that bridge both clinical and administrative services so that VHA can effectively, efficiently, and reliably provide exceptional patient care and be an employer of choice.

Portrait of Lestrita (Les) Chappell, MD

Lestrita (Les) Chappell, MD | 336-515-5000

Medical Director, Kernersville HCC

Dr. Chappell graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and thereafter, she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She is a former Chief of Internal Medicine for N.A.T.O. Healthcare Brussels , Belgium and was the managing partner of her private practice in Dayton Ohio. Her Career has included being named as Regional Medical Director for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Region V Tricare. She began her career in VHA 11 years ago at the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Chappell was the Chief Medical Officer at the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic in VISN 17 for the last 3 years. Dr. Chappell has over 27 years of experience in the practice and management of health care including almost 16 years of federal service

Portrait of Jeffrey H. Kuch, MD

Jeffrey H. Kuch, MD | 704-329-1300 ext. 81112

Medical Director, Charlotte HCC

Dr. Jeffrey H. Kuch was appointed Medical Director for the Charlotte community based outpatient clinic effective March 2015. Previously he assumed the duties of Medical Director for Hickory community based outpatient clinic, Interim Chief of Staff, and Acting Associate Chief of Staff/Geriatrics and Extended Care. Dr. Kuch transferred to Salisbury VA Medical Center January 21, 2007, from the Bay Pines VAMC, Florida where he had served in numerous clinical and administrative positions from Hospitalist to Chief of Staff in his 23 year career there. He was in private primary care practice from 1977-1984.

Dr. Kuch is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. His postgraduate training was at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Clinical Lipidology, with added qualifications in Geriatrics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Kuch has faculty appointments at Wake Forest School of Medicine, as well as Virginia College of Medicine. He previously had appointments at Brown Medical School and University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Kuch served as Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He helps prepare board examinations for both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kuch and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Hickory, North Carolina. They have two grown children. His hobbies include wilderness canoeing and forest restoration.