VA Capitol Health Care Network
Robert Walton | 410-691-1131
Mr. Robert M. Walton, FACHE, was appointed Network Director for Veterans Integrated Service Network 5 in February 2019. As chief executive, he oversees eight medical centers and 27 community clinics throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, staffed by over 12,000 employees, with 1792 authorized beds, and a budget of $2.396 billion in fiscal year 2019. Beginning in 2015, he managed the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, a two-hospital health care system with an annual budget of $755 million and 4000 employees. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Walton served as Director of the Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in Harlingen, Texas. He also served as the Medical Center Director at the White River Junction VA Medical Center from October 2008 – April 2012. Before Mr. Walton’s tenure at White River Junction VA, he served as Associate Medical Center Director at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York from May 2004 – October 2008. Mr. Walton served as Acting Director at VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System from February-September 2008. He served as Chief, Engineering from 1993-2004 at the Bronx VAMC. Mr. Walton began his VA career in 1986 at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Walton has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration degree in Health Administration from Long Island University. He is a graduate of the VHA Executive Career Field Program and participated in the VA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. Mr. Walton is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds membership in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Raymond Chung | 410-691-1143
CMO - VISN 5
Dr. Raymond Chung joined VISN 5 in June 2011 as the Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining the VA Capitol Health Care Network, he served as Chief of Staff at the Phoenix VA Medical Center from 2006 to 2011 and as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System from 2001 to 2006. He also served as the Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Chung is a retired Colonel of the US Army Medical Corps, where he served from 1975 through 2001. He finished his Army career as Chief of Infectious Disease Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Chung holds an S.B. degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.D. from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii; and an M.S. in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, he holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and is a Certified Physician Executive in Medical Management.
Joseph M. Scotchlas, FACHE | 410-691-7815
Deputy Network Director
Joseph M. Scotchlas, FACHE, was appointed deputy network director of the VA Capitol Healthcare Network (VISN 5) on June 21, 2022. As deputy network director, Mr. Scotchlas oversees operations at eight medical centers and 27 community clinics throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia, staffed by over 12,000 employees with an annual budget exceeding two billion dollars, providing care to over 235,000 Veterans. Mr. Scotchlas leads the auditing, biomedical engineering, business development, compliance, capital asset, emergency management, finance, logistics, police, prosthetics, and safety & occupational health functions across the network. Prior to coming to VISN 5, Mr. Scotchlas served as the assistant healthcare system director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and as the acting associate healthcare system director of the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Mr. Scotchlas started with VA in 2012 as an administrative fellow in the Graduate Health Administration Training Program (GHATP) at the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network. Mr. Scotchlas began his health care career in 2006, working as both a paramedic and an emergency medical technician for several 911-based services in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Scotchlas’ first VA experience was as an administrative intern at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center. Mr. Scotchlas holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a 2019 graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development Program, and is board certified in healthcare management. He received the Regent’s Award from ACHE in 2015 and a Distinguished Service Award from the NEPA Healthcare Management Forum in 2012.
Alissa K. Stredney | 410-691-1131
Quality Management Officer
Ms. Alissa K. Stredney was appointed quality management officer and chief nursing officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 5 in August 2020. Previously, she held these roles in an acting capacity for VISN 12. In her current role, she leads the Quality Management and Performance Improvement program for the network, which provides health care to 235,000 Veteran patients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, northern Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky. Stredney has a strong background in infection control and was an adjunct clinical associate in the field of quality improvement at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Her 25 years of nursing experience in clinical, consultative and administrative roles includes previous VA experience as the VISN 12 deputy quality management officer, chief of quality management and VAIHCS infection control coordinator for the VA Illiana Health Care System, in addition to psychiatric, public health, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology nurse positions in the private sector. She is a member of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs and the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality. She is a certified VHA mentor, a graduate of the VISN 11 LEAD program, and a 2015 graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development program. Stredney earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from Indiana Wesleyan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lakeview College of Nursing.