Leadership Team - Lexington VA Health Care System
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Lexington VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Gregory Goins, Director, Lexington VA Health Care System

Gregory Goins | 859-233-4511 Ext. 4901

Director, Lexington VA Health Care System

Appointed in August 2019, Gregory Goins is the director of the Lexington VA Health Care System, a dual division with four community-based outpatient clinics. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the health care system, as well as its overall clinical performance. He provides executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight, and collaborates with other VISN 9 Medical Center Directors in the formulation of budget, policy, and strategic business planning at the network level. Most recently, Mr. Goins was the medical center associate director for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. In this capacity, he provided executive leadership to the medical center as well as all Veterans Health Administration services delivered by a two-division campus serving 15 counties with six community based outpatient clinics. Mr. Goins is a leader with over 15 years experience in the private and public sectors, and his experience includes various leadership roles, organizational improvement, and multi-facility operations. Mr. Goins served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman and a Medical Service Corps officer. He is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). His duty stations included Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Camp Stone, Herat Afghanistan, and Naval Station Newport. He earned his BA in Economics from Western Washington University and an MBA in Operations and Process Improvement from The Ohio State University.

James Watts, Associate Director, Lexington VA Health Care System

James Watts | 859-233-4511 Ext. 4901

Associate Director, Lexington VA Health Care System

Mr. Watts was officially appointed to this role effective July 19, 2020 and will take over operations on August 3, 2020. In this role, Mr. Watts will serve as a full deputy of the health care system. He will provide management and oversight of police, fiscal, logistics, environmental management, engineering, health administration, nutrition and food, chaplain service, and the privacy officers. He will also work closely with the office of information and technology, human resources, prosthetics, and the canteen service to meet the needs of Veterans and employees. Mr. Watts was previously the Chief, Social Work Service Chief at the Lexington VAHCS since 2011. He joined the VA in 2006 as a social worker for HBPC and Primary Care at the Morehead Clinic. Mr. Watts has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Morehead State University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Watts is a graduate of the VISN 9 Leadership Institute and is a current participant in the Health Care Leadership Development Program class of 2020/2021. Mr. Watts is a Marine Corps Veteran. Mr. Watts and his wife, who is an advanced practice nurse practitioner at this facility, have three daughters and one grandson.

Patricia Breeden, MD, Chief of Staff, Lexington VA Health Care System

Patricia Breeden, MD | 859-233-4511 Ext. 4901

Chief of Staff, Lexington VA Health Care System

Patricia Breeden, M.D. was appointed chief of staff of the Lexington VA Health Care System in September 2013. In this role, she serves as the conduit between the clinical and administrative staffs. Dr. Breeden works closely with the health care system director, associate director, and associate director for patient care services in the strategic planning and developing of programs to meet the needs of veterans and with clinical staff in developing policy and procedures to implement the programs. Dr. Breeden is spearheading a patient centric environment that is data-driven, results-based, and emphasizes patient safety, customer comfort, and satisfaction. She chairs the Clinical Executive Council and the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, and has charged all staff with becoming forward thinking and stronger patient advocates. She is working diligently to instill this concept at all levels and in every aspect of healthcare. Dr. Breeden oversees the credentialing and privileging of medical staff; monitors quality improvement programs including chairmanship of the Quality Peer Review Committee; and facilitates the coordination of clinical, education and research programs. Additionally, Dr. Breeden represents the medical center on the University’s Medical Executive Committee, which meets to discuss and coordinate teaching activities. As chief of staff, she works collaboratively with the Dean at the University of Kentucky and other university faculty to deliver seamless health care and to also provide training and education to medical students and residents. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Breeden served as the director, Emergency Department at the Lexington VA Health Care System.