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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Marc A. Magill, MS

Marc A. Magill, MS | 312-569-6101

Medical Center Director

Marc A. Magill, MS was appointed as Medical Center Director at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in October of 2016.

Mr. Magill joined the VA over 32 years ago and has held leadership positions at VA Medical Centers in Grand Junction, Colorado; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Beckley, West Virginia; Danville, Illinois; Poplar Bluff, Missouri; and Columbia, Missouri. He also served in the position of Deputy Network Director for the Southwest Network, VISN 7.

Mr. Magill recently served as the Medical Center Director of Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System from June 2014 to November 2016. His responsibilities included full-line authority, direct supervision and accountability for budgeting, staffing, physical plant, equipment, security, privacy, and space resources.

His previous assignments included Acting Medical Center Director of the VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS), a complexity level 1A, multidivisional, dual-affiliated facility with enrollment of approximately 60,000 Veterans residing in counties of Missouri and southwest Illinois. Before serving as Acting Director at VASTLHCS; Mr. Magill served in the role of Deputy Director at that facility for over two years. The total budget at VASTLHCS is more than $450 million, with a workforce of more than 2,450 staff members, and two major construction projects totaling just under $800 Million.

Mr. Magill holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Milliken University in Decatur, Illinois and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He is a recipient of the President’s Council of Management Improvement Award, a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute and Executive Career Field Class of 2003.

Portrait of James Brunner

James Brunner | 312-569-6384

Acting Chief of Staff

Portrait of Brenda Burke

Brenda Burke | 312-569-6200

Associate Director for Patient Care Service/Nurse Executive

Dr. Brenda Burke joined Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System (JBVHCS) on April 30, 2018. She brings to this role over 20 years of nursing experience, including 10 years as an Emergency Department Nurse.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and Masters of Business Administration Degree from St. Xavier University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Dr. Burke joined the VA in 2010 at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago as the Associate Chief Nurse for Acute Care. She later relocated to the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in 2013 as the Chief Nurse for the Community Living Center & Specialty Services and was promoted to the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services in 2015.

Dr. Burke belongs to the American Organization of Nurse Executives and is also a board-certified Nurse Executive (NE-BC). She is a current participant in the Health Care Leadership Development Program that will finish in July 2018.

She and her husband Tim are Chicago natives and have three grown sons. They spend their free time entertaining, gardening, and cooking.

Portrait of Lori A Lohar

Lori A Lohar | 312-569-7901

Deputy Medical Center Director

Portrait of Tima N Adams-Cardenas, MHA

Tima N Adams-Cardenas, MHA | 312-569-6202

Assistant Director

Tima Adams-Cardenas was selected as the Assistant Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) effective January 22, 2017. As the Assistant Director, Tima functions as a member of the Executive Leadership Team where she works as a peer with the Associate Director, Chief of Staff (COS), and Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive. She currently oversees Human Resources, PAS, Nutrition and Food Service, Education, and serves as a liaison to IRM, Prosthetics, ISO, and Privacy.

Prior to this selection, Tima served as the Health System Specialist (HSS)/Executive Assistant to the Director at the JBVAMC since April 2012. During that time, she was a trusted advisor to the senior leadership team and provided assistance on administrative matters affecting patient care, budget, staffing, trend analysis, education, and organizational policy. She has also served in Strategic Planning and Public Affairs Officer roles. A Chicago, IL native, Tima began her VA career in 2001 at the JBVAMC as a Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) fellow. At the conclusion of her fellowship, she accepted the position of Administrative Officer for Surgical Services where she directed technical and administrative matters, and managed a budget of more than $2.6 million.

Tima earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville, TN with magna cum laude honors and her Master’s degree in Health Administration from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO as a Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society Inductee. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she was recently accepted into the 2017 Health Care Leadership Development Program, and was selected as the 2016/2017 Recipient of the Spirit of Jesse Brown Award in the Supervisory Category. Tima and her husband have four daughters and one son.