The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 2, 2013

VA director takes new post in Lexington

Staff Report
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---- — DANVILLE — Emma Metcalf, director at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, will leave to become director at the Lexington VA Medical Center in Kentucky, effective Aug. 25.

An interim director will be appointed before Metcalf leaves. The VA is recruiting for a new director to replace Metcalf, who joined the Illiana System on March 11, 2012.

“I have valued my time here, and I will miss all that Illiana represents. As with any special place it is the people who make it and it will be those I will miss the most,” Metcalf said.

“I leave VA Illiana Health Care System with great confidence in the people here, knowing that they are capable of overcoming any hurdles that they will face, individually and, more importantly, together. Personally I have a special bonding with all our employees and I shall take away with me cherished memories of our times together,” she said.

Before arriving at Illiana, Metcalf was the chief operating officer at the Alvin C. York Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, effective July 6, 2008. She was appointed chief of the Strategic Management Service in 2004 at the Louisville VA Medical Center in Kentucky, where she also held the position as administrative officer for associate director of operations in 2004.

At the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, she was compliance officer from 2000 to 2004, and manager of performance improvement from 1997 to 2000. Prior to joining the VA, she held positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Medical Center in Little Rock and with Alliant Health System, Inc., in Louisville.

Metcalf received a master’s degree in nursing in 1985 from Bellarmine College in Louisville. She received an associate degree in nursing from Jefferson Community College in 1981 and a baccalaureate of science in community health from the University of Kentucky in 1979.

Metcalf is a certified case manager in the Case Management Society of America and a certified professional in healthcare quality. She is a 2002 graduate of the Executive Career Development Program 2002.