Leadership Team - West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Cory P. Price, FACHE, Medical Center Director/CEO

Cory P. Price, FACHE | 561-422-8262

Medical Center Director/CEO

Cory P. Price was appointed as the Medical Center Director (CEO) of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center on January 3, 2021. In this role, Mr. Price is responsible for overseeing the delivery of healthcare to Veterans throughout a seven-county area of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center serves more than 58,000 Veterans and is comprised of a complexity level 1C general medical and surgical facility in West Palm Beach and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Stuart and Vero Beach. The healthcare system consists of 157 acute care beds, 120 Community Living Center beds, 60 Residential Rehabilitation beds and 13 Blind Rehabilitation beds. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Price held executive leadership positions among the highest complexity facilities within VA. Mr. Price served as the Associate Director for Operations (COO) for the Orlando VA Healthcare System and the Assistant Director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. In these roles Mr. Price was responsible for the oversight and management of hospital operations including Compensation & Pension, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, Nutrition & Food Service, Acquisition & Material Management, Police, Safety & Emergency Management, Prosthetics & Sensory Aids, and Voluntary Services. A proud Veteran serving Veterans, Mr. Price served 11-years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Army. As a DUSTOFF aviator, Mr. Price flew medical evacuation missions domestically and internationally during peacetime and wartime. Mr. Price served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with assignments at Fort Sam Houston, TX; Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Lewis, WA; Landstuhl, Germany; and Fort McPherson, GA. Mr. Price has extensive knowledge in the Baldrige Performance Excellence framework, having served on the Robert W. Carey Board of Examiners as a trained State of Florida Sterling Examiner. Mr. Price received his undergraduate degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he majored in Aeronautical Science and obtained his Commercial Pilot certification. Mr. Price holds a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Webster University and is also Board Certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Cynthia A. O’Connell, MSS, MHA, FACHE, Associate Director/COO

Cynthia A. O’Connell, MSS, MHA, FACHE | 561-422-8262

Associate Director/COO

Brigadier General (BG) Cynthia A. O’Connell, U.S. Army (Ret.), was appointed the Associate Director of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in December 2018. In her role, Ms. O’Connell is responsible for the oversight of hospital operational services to include Fiscal, Facilities Management, Medical Administration, Nutrition and Food, Police, & Pharmacy Services. Ms. O’Connell is a combat Veteran who has spent 35 years in both the Active and Reserve Components. Her most recent role was as the Deputy Commanding General for the 3rd Medical Command at Fort Gillem, Georgia. Throughout her distinguished military career she has directed healthcare operations for various military treatment facilities, combat support hospitals and medical commands. Ms. O'Connell completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the United States Army War College with a Masters degree in Strategic Studies. Upon graduation from the War College, Mrs. O'Connell was assigned to the Pentagon Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. She also holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) and is Board-certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Ms. O’Connell has received numerous awards to include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars and the NATO Medal. She holds the 9A designator for Healthcare Specialty Excellence from the Office of the Surgeon General and is also the recipient of two Meritorious Unit Citations and the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).

Ronald K. Williams, DO, Chief of Staff

Ronald K. Williams, DO | 561-422-8262

Chief of Staff

Dr. Ronald K. Williams was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and has oversight responsibilities for all clinical operations across the facility. Dr. Williams is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a native of Long Island New York. He attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Biology. He also attended the New York Institute of Technology- College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathy. Upon graduation, Dr. Williams was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps in 1996. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL where he was appointed to serve as the Chief Resident in his senior year of residency in 1999. Following completion of his residency, he reported for active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1999-2003, serving at the Naval Hospital Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot-Parris Island and then then the Marine Wing Support Squadron-273, Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC. He is currently serving as Captain in the Navy Reserves, Executive Officer, Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Dallas One. In 2003, he began his VA career at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center as a hospitalist in the Medicine Service. He later transferred to the Primary Care Service where he served as the Associate Chief. In January 2016, his was promoted to Chief of the VA Community Care Program at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and was responsible for the care coordination of all veterans sent to the community for medical services. Dr. Williams is an affiliated assistant Professor of Medicine for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and Clinical Assistant Professor for Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a decorated Veteran whose military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Marksman Rifle Ribbon, and the Expert Pistol Medal.

Lyumma Archeval, MSN, RN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Lyumma Archeval, MSN, RN | 561-422-8262

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Lyumma Archeval, MSN, RN, was appointed as the Associate Director for Patient Care Service in December 2017. In this role Ms. Archeval is responsible for oversight of the Social Work and Chaplain Services and all nursing functions to include sterile processing, clinical operations, acute care and inpatient mental health, extended care and blind rehab, perioperative care and ambulatory care. She comes to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center from the Huntington VA Medical Center where she served the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. Ms. Archeval began her VA career at the Huntington VA Medical Center in West Virginia in 2000 as a Pain Management Case Manager. In May 2003 she was selected as the Associate Chief Nurse for Inpatient Care and Mental Health. She served in this capacity until she transferred to the San Juan VA Medical Center in 2005, where she was the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Coordinator and later selected as the facility’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Coordinator. Returning to Huntington in 2008, she served as the Special Projects Coordinator, with oversight of the Controlled Substance program, Safe Patient Handling Program, Bed Management, and management of facility unit clerks. Ms. Archeval earned a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. During her career, she served as a Professor of Clinical Nursing at Ponce Technical Institute in Puerto Rico and an Associate Professor of Marshall University, Huntington, WV. She serves as a Fellow in the VA mentoring program and has coached and mentored several master degree candidates at various colleges, including the University of Florida, University of Phoenix, Walden University and Marshall University. She is a graduate of the VISN 9 Leadership Institute and the VA Nursing Leadership Academy. She was also a coach for the VISN 9 Leadership Institute in 2012.

Julia Spence, MBA, MHA, Assistant Director

Julia Spence, MBA, MHA | 561-422-8262

Assistant Director

Julia Spence was appointed Assistant Director for the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in August 2020. In this role, she will be responsible for the leadership oversight of the Emergency Management Program and various services to include Logistics, Environmental Management, Prosthetics and Voluntary Services. She also serves as the facility liaison to the Veterans Canteen Service and Office of Information & Technology. Ms. Spence began her VA career as a Physician Assistant for the Huntington VA Medical Center in West Virginia. She transferred to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in 2012 where she has held a series of progressive positions, most recently serving as the Supervisory Health System Specialist/Executive Assistant to the Director and the Strategic Planner for the facility. Ms. Spence was recognized as the Federal Employee of the Year by the South Florida Federal Executive Board for her work to expand services to veterans through care agreements with local healthcare systems/research facilities; deployment of standardized organization-wide customer service training; and spearheading complicated improvement projects to provide the best quality of care for Veterans. Ms. Spence attended Alderson-Broaddus College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and her graduate level education as a Physician Assistant. She also obtained a dual Master in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University. Julia is a graduate of the VISN 9 Leadership Institute and completed Leadership West Palm Beach in 2019.