Leadership Team

James B. Cole, President & Chief Executive Officer

For more than 20 years, James Cole has presided over Virginia Hospital Center as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). During his tenure, he has led the Hospital’s transformation from a small community facility to an award-winning medical center, nationally recognized for clinical excellence and outstanding patient care.

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Jim has decisively positioned Virginia Hospital Center as an industry leader. Under his direction, the Hospital has achieved nationwide standing as a high-value provider with a superlative commitment to organizational performance, quality and patient satisfaction. He has led the Hospital to recognition as one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® three years in a row, and one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® two years in a row. Both designations come from Truven Health Analytics, which measures quality, safety and financial metrics for hospitals across the country.

In addition, Jim has championed the Hospital’s growth and strong stewardship of financial resources. His oversight led to a recent bond upgrade from the global financial firm Fitch, which puts the Hospital among an elite group of healthcare organizations nationwide. Likewise, the Hospital consistently exceeds Medicare Value-Based Purchasing goals and Meaningful Use standards. Its strong market share allows it to remain a successful, not-for-profit, stand-alone institution in an era of consolidation.

This resolute leadership and commitment to excellence have earned Jim the admiration and respect of his employees, patients and community. In 2013, the Washington Business Journal named him one of the area’s 50 Most Admired CEOs. He was among just five CEOs nominated in the healthcare category. And in 2014, Jim was elected to the Arlington Business Hall of Fame.

Jim is a current member and former Chairman of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Board, an alliance of health delivery systems committed to improving the health status of the community. He also has served on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance Board. His prior community involvement has included serving on the Boards of CrisisLink, the Arlington Free Clinic and CrisisLink International.

He received his BA from the University of Virginia in 1970, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 1972 and a Masters of Health Administration from Georgia State University in 1976.

William D. Anderson, MD, MHCM, Senior Vice President, Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group

William D. Anderson, MD, MHCM, is Senior Vice President of Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. He oversees strategic direction, expansion of services, and physician recruitment and engagement for the multi-specialty group, which is comprised of primary care physicians and a wide range of specialists located throughout Northern Virginia.

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Dr. Anderson has extensive experience working with complex health systems and building strong, progressive physician organizations. He has a proven track record of clinical leadership for strategy and operational decisions, such as Cerner and Epic deployment, revenue cycle implementation, group compensation plans and quality improvement efforts.

Prior to joining VHC Physician Group, Dr. Anderson was President of Prisma Health – University of South Carolina Medical Group in Columbia, South Carolina. He also served concurrently as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Notably, Dr. Anderson successfully led the University of South Carolina’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO), developing relationships to expand narrow network contracts and managing their 18,000 self-insured employees.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors Program, Dr. Anderson received a bachelor of arts in German and a bachelor of science in biology. He earned his medical degree and completed his family medicine residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He subsequently received a master of science degree in health care management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson is board certified in Family Practice.

Tiffany Blackman, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer

Tiffany Blackman is Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer at Virginia Hospital Center. She is responsible for the development and operations of the Corporate Compliance Department and Privacy Program, including the Code of Conduct, policies and procedures, organization-wide training and education, internal and external investigations, conflicts of interest, and regulatory compliance with federal and state laws.

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Ms. Blackman is a licensed attorney with more than 11 years of experience in healthcare and medical malpractice defense work on behalf of hospitals and physicians. Her background includes compliance, contract review, governance and reporting, audit/risk assessments, federal regulations and enterprise risk.

Prior to joining Virginia Hospital Center, she was Director of Compliance Operations at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, she developed and maintained compliance operations, wrote regulatory interpretations and opinions to ensure compliance with multi-state laws and mandates, supervised internal and external assessments, and partnered with hospital leadership on joint initiatives and educational opportunities.

Ms. Blackman also served as Associate Compliance Officer at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she developed and oversaw a compliance program for the 557-bed hospital. Before that, she spent several years in private practice at Florida-based law firms.

Ms. Blackman holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology and an MA in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She earned her JD from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Health Care Compliance Association.

Anthony T. Burchard, President, Virginia Hospital Center Health System Foundation

Anthony “Tony” Burchard brings over 30 years of experience advising and leading non-profit organizations to his role as President of the Virginia Hospital Center Health System Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing this philanthropic and fundraising branch of the Health System, building relationships and partnerships across Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC metropolitan area to advance medical excellence through philanthropy.

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Most recently, Mr. Burchard served as an advisor to non-profits, wealth managers, family offices and start-up companies in the healthcare and humanitarian industries. His experience includes coaching development officers to create sustainable philanthropic models and gift officers to integrate metrics for better results.

Prior to his time as an advisor, Mr. Burchard was President of Inova Health Foundation, where he led a highly successful, multi-year campaign that raised more then $250 millions in philanthropy and grants from patients, families, corporate, state and local funding sources. His background also includes Senior Vice President of Development & Communications for Project HOPE, an international health and humanitarian non-government organization, and Vice President of Ketchum, Inc., a communications and public relations firm.

Mr. Burchard received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Melody F. Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ; Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Melody Dickerson, MSN, RN, CPHQ, is Virginia Hospital Center’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
As CNO, she serves as a transformational leader to the Hospital’s approximately 1,000 nurses and the many certified technicians, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, peri-operative and cardiovascular services staff she oversees. Her work directly influences Virginia Hospital Center’s strategic direction and ensures that patient care service goals and initiatives are aligned to advance organizational success.

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A registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Dickerson has risen through roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of operational leadership, strategic planning and process improvement.

Most recently, she was Vice President and CNO at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, part of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, TX. In this role, she oversaw all nursing operations for inpatient and outpatient services, and led the 264-bed, acute care facility’s successful journey to ANCC Magnet® recognition in 2017. During her tenure, she also served as Clinical Effectiveness Director for four of Memorial Hermann’s hospitals, directing operational activities around quality, patient safety and infection control programs.

Her background includes Project Leader at The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare in Oakbrook, IL, where she analyzed complex healthcare safety and quality issues and developed targeted solutions to solve them. She also served as a Six Sigma Black Belt at Wake Forest Baptist Health, in Winston-Salem, NC, where she facilitated projects using Lean Six Sigma methodology to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Ms. Dickerson earned an MSN from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, and a BSN from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Alexander Eremia, JD, LLM, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Alexander Eremia, Esq., is Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at Virginia Hospital Center. In this role, he serves as the primary legal advisor and counselor to the organization’s Board and leadership and is responsible for overseeing all legal operations.

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Mr. Eremia provides legal advice and counsel to the enterprise, provides leadership on strategic alliances, transactions, and physician arrangements. Mr. Eremia also advises on laws impacting patient care, guides hospital staff on regulatory matters, assists with corporate governance, manages contracting and oversees commercial litigation.

Mr. Eremia has more than two decades of experience in healthcare law and multifaceted legal affairs management. Prior to joining Virginia Hospital Center, he spent eight years as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Inc., and its affiliated companies, in Boca Raton, FL. He focused on physician practice acquisitions, compliance and governance, commercial negotiations, health information privacy issues and strategic alliance development. He also served as the organization’s Chief Risk Officer.

Before that, Mr. Eremia was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for MedStar Health, Inc., which includes multiple hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. His background also includes Associate Counsel with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Eremia holds a BS in Biopsychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received the Regent’s Scholarship award. He received his JD from DePaul College of Law with certification as a Health Lawyer, and an LLM in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was awarded the LLM Fellowship. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Care Compliance Association.

Charles Fletcher, MPA; Senior Vice President, Operations

Charles Fletcher is Senior Vice President of Operations at Virginia Hospital Center.

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His key operational responsibilities include Radiology, Pathology, Supply Chain, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Security & Parking, Facilities Engineering, Environmental Services, Food Services, Communications, Construction & Renovation and Real Estate Acquisition and Development.

Charles is a diverse health care management professional with more than 14 years of experience in health care operations. His work directly influences Virginia Hospital Center’s strategic direction and ensures patient care service goals align with process improvement projects to advance organizational success.

He joined Virginia Hospital Center in 2012 as Director of Security & Support Services and has risen though roles of increasing responsibility. He is currently leading the hospitals $300 million dollar campus expansion project. This project includes, a new 250k sqft Outpatient Pavilion and Parking Garage as well as building an additional 88 inpatient hospital beds.

His background also includes jobs at Mayo Clinic and the Internal Revenue Service. Charles earned an MPA in Healthcare Management from Devry University Keller Graduate School of Management, and a BA in Political Science from the University of North Florida. He served in the United States Navy for five years. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance.

David Lee, MD; Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

David Lee, MD is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Lee is responsible for overseeing the clinical and quality initiatives that advance the Hospital’s mission to provide low-cost, high-value healthcare to the community. He also leads Virginia Hospital Center’s resident and student education in affiliation with Georgetown University and MedStar Health as well as the Medical Staff Office, Graduate Medical Education, Quality & Patient Safety, Outpatient Lab & Pathology, Case Management, Perioperative Services and Cardiopulmonary Services.

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Dr. Lee has practiced anesthesiology at Virginia Hospital Center for 30 years and was elected President of the VHC Medical Staff in 2018. He also served as the Operating Room Medical Director at Dominion Anesthesia since 2007 is on the VHC Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Lee has received numerous honors in his time at VHC, including the distinction of "Top Doctor" from Washingtonian, Arlington Magazine, Virginia Living, and Checkbook Magazines. In addition to his work at VHC, Dr. Lee served as Chairman of the Board at the Arlington Free Clinic from 2010-2012 and was a member of the clinic's Board of Directors from 2006-2012. He currently serves as the Membership Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Arlington County Medical Society and was the organization's president in 2004. A long-time resident of Arlington County, Dr. Lee is a proud alumnus of Wakefield High School and was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

Dr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and completed his Anesthesiology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is married with four children and is an avid ice hockey fan who coaches in his spare time at the Potomac School and Reston Raiders Hockey Club.

Michael Malone, Vice President Administrative Services & Chief Human Resources Officer

Michael Malone joined Virginia Hospital Center's staff in September 1981 and assumed his current position in 1996. Mr. Malone has responsibility for Human Resources, Environmental Services and other Clinical and Support Departments. Beginning in 1990, Mr. Malone was appointed Vice President of Human Resources. In 2011, he was made Vice President Administrative Services, Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Hired initially as a Wage and Salary Analyst, Mr. Malone was promoted to Director of Personnel in late 1981. Prior to joining the staff of the Hospital, Mr. Malone was employed by the Federal Election Commission as a Reports Analyst. Mr. Malone received his B.A. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1976 and was awarded his M.S. in Public Administration from George Mason University in 1981. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Michael Mistretta, Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Michael Mistretta joined Virginia Hospital Center as Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2015. His current responsibilities include providing strategy and leadership for all information technology for the health system. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Mr. Mistretta has performed software development, consulting, and datacenter management services for a variety of customers on both the provider and payer sides of healthcare. Mr. Mistretta has been invited to sit in an advisory capacity by multiple healthcare companies and has spoken extensively on the impact of the current HITECH act and ARRA legislation.

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Mr. Mistretta has extensive experience in the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) having worked with most major vendors on the market today. His interests and experience include creating solutions to increase productivity, improve quality, and reduce expenses through automation and system integration. He has worked extensively with multiple vendors in the healthcare space to develop solutions integrating various aspects of clinical care including biomedical device integration, point-of-care devices, and incorporating discrete data feeds for analytical decision making. He has guided health systems to become National Showcase accounts for healthcare technology and model organization in the automated capture clinical quality measures; including being recognized as "Most Wired" by Hospital and Health Networks magazine and HealthImaging and IT's "Top 25 Most Connected Facilities".

Mr. Mistretta is a certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Certified Professional in Health Information Management by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and the University of Maryland majoring in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MBA degree from Ashland University located in Central Ohio and is a graduate of Electronic Data Systems Engineering Development Program.

Adrian Stanton, Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations

Adrian Stanton joined Virginia Hospital Center in 2006 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Hospital's marketing and communications strategies, and for overseeing the organization's Executive Health, Health Promotion and Senior Health services. In this role, Mr. Stanton guides the Hospital's efforts as a community-focused organization delivering innovative care and improving the overall health of the community it serves. In 2018, as a result of his expertise and expanded responsibilities, Mr. Stanton was named Vice President, Business Development and Community Relations.

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Prior to joining Virginia Hospital Center, Mr. Stanton had over 25 years of healthcare experience in the Metro Washington region. He has served in a number of roles developing expertise in hospital marketing, communications, planning, strategic development, managed care and real estate.

Mr. Stanton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University. He is a past member of the region's Healthcare Advisory Group and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development.

John L. Zabrowski, III, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

John Zabrowski is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Virginia Hospital Center.

In this role, he ensures the Hospital runs in the most cost-effective manner. His operational responsibilities include financial reporting, accounting and disbursements, decision support, internal audits, third-party reimbursement, investment management, accounts receivable, managed care, capital funding, and financial management and planning.

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Mr. Zabrowski is a seasoned financial strategist with over a decade of experience in healthcare. Most recently, he was the Regional CFO for St. Vincent Indiana’s Southwest Region, a 508-bed, dual-campus, integrated healthcare and trauma care institution in Evansville, IN. His background also includes System Controller & Director of Finance at Deaconess Health System, and Vice President of Corporate Accounting at Old National Bancorp, both in Evansville. In addition, he has served as advisor to a telehealth technology company.

Mr. Zabrowski earned an MBA with distinction from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago, and a BS in accounting and finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the Indiana Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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