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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

 

Leadership Team

Melissa Sundin, Acting Medical Center Director/CEO

Melissa Sundin | 561-422-8602

Acting Medical Center Director/CEO

Melissa Sundin is currently serving as the Acting Director of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. In this role she will oversee the delivery of healthcare services to a seven-county area of south Florida Veterans and manage more than 2,600 staff members at the main facility in West Palm Beach and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Sundin served as the Acting Deputy Director of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics (JAHVCS) in Tampa, Florida. She normally serves as the Associate Director at the JAHVCS, having assumed the duties of the office in August 2016. There she spearheaded various building projects to include to construction of a new bed tower for the main facility. Ms. Sundin’s VA career began in 1987 at the Lexington VA Medical Center in Kentucky as an Industrial Engineer. Throughout her career she has served in various leadership positions within VA to include Chief of Facilities Management for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System; Associate Medical Center Director for the Erie VA Medical Center; and Interim Director for the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Ms. Sundin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.


Cynthia O'Connell, MHA, FACHE, Associate Director/COO

Cynthia O'Connell, MHA, FACHE | 561-422-8605

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 | 561-422-8603

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. 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. Dr. Williams is a decorated Veteran whose military awards include three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service


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

Lyumma Archeval, MSN, RN | 561-422-6901

Associate Director for Patient Care Services/CNO

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.


Maria Nguyen, MPH, Assistant Director

Maria Nguyen, MPH | 561-422-8605

Assistant Director

Maria Nguyen was appointed the Assistant Director of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in February 2017. She has direct oversight of various facility services to include Environmental Management, Logistics, Medical Media Production, Prosthetics, and Voluntary Services. Maria began her federal career in January 2008, as a fellow of the Graduate Healthcare Administration Trainee Program for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She became the Healthcare Systems Specialist for the Associate and Assistant Directors. She is a graduate of the 2010 VISN 8 LEAD program: Competency Development for Leaders in the 21st Century (CDL) Program, 2016 VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), and is a senior fellow of the Partnership for Public Service: Excellence in Government Fellows Program. She also obtained a black belt certification in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified VA coach/mentor. Ms. Nguyen has an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services, Management, and Policy from The Ohio State University.