Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Robin E Jackson | 706-733-0188
Medical Center Director
Dr. Robin E. Jackson is the Medical Center Director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and the Deputy Network Director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 7, based in Atlanta. In his capacity as Medical Center Director, Dr. Jackson oversees a two hospital/three outpatient clinic operation with 2,450 employees that serve 45,000 Veterans annually in a two state, 36-county area with a budget of approximately $340 million. He became the Medical Center Director of Charlie Norwood in April 2018 and has served as the Deputy Network Director for the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7) since April 2013. Dr. Jackson started with the VA in 2010. Prior to his assignment in Atlanta, Dr. Jackson held assignments as the Assistant Director and Chief of Social Work Services at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as Interim Director for the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System from August 2014 through August 2015 and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, May 2016 through August 2016. A Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served in a variety of positions to include Chief, Behavioral Medicine and Research for David Grant Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program at Travis Air Force Base, California; Chief, Behavioral Health, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; and Chief, Social Work Services, Dover AFB, Delaware. Dr. Jackson completed his bachelor's degree from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, and earned a master's in social work from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He earned a doctorate in organizational leadership and behavior with a specialization in government organizations from the University of Maryland ES, Princess Ann. His areas of specialization are on maximizing human capabilities within various social and organizational systems to promote the flourishing of skills and well-being in the workplace. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.
Srinivas Ginjupalli | 706-733-0188
Chief of Staff
Dr. Srinivas Ginjupalli, MD, CMD, FACHE is appointed as Chief of Staff at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in December 2018. Prior to this appointment he was Chief of Staff at VA Western Colorado Health Care System, Colorado since December of 2016. He was Deputy Chief of Staff at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) earlier. He also served as acting Chief of Staff at CAVHCS from August 2014 to January 2016 and as the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation (GEC&R) Service Line at CAVHCS since August 2007. Dr. Ginjupalli received a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1986, a Degree of Master of Surgery specializing in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) in 1991, Certification of Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) in 1992, and Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) in 1993. He completed a Residency in Family Practice in 1997. He is professionally licensed in Utah and Alabama. In 2001, after working three years in the private sector, he joined the team at Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System as a Staff Physician. He became the Medical Director for Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program in 2003 and in that same year received a Graduate Certificate in Medical Informatics from Oregon Health State University. He is recertified as Diplomat by the American Board of Family Medicine in 2016. Dr. Ginjupalli was also detailed as the Acting Chief of Staff at Dorn VAMC, Columbia, SC, in 2013 and at VA Western Colorado Health Care System, CO in 2016. Additionally, he has completed the VISN 7 Physician Leadership Training Program and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).
Robert Reeder | 706-733-0188
Robert F. Reeder, MHA, FACHE (Colonel, US Army Retired), was appointed Associate Director of Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in July 2015. He graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Simultaneously, he completed Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In addition to his undergraduate work, Mr. Reeder holds a Master of Arts in Computer Resource Management from Webster University, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Mr. Reeder served in the US Army for 30 years. He spent 10 years on Active Duty in the US Army, stationed in Berlin and Landstuhl Germany, as well as San Antonio, Texas. Upon leaving Active Duty, he was employed by Talbert Medical Management Company, where he was a center administrator in Ogden, Utah. He then moved to Moses Lake, Washington to become the Executive Director for the Association of Samaritan Physicians, an employed physician group of Samaritan Healthcare. While at Samaritan, he was detailed as the Acting Chief Operating Officer as well as the Interim Chief Financial Officer. He became the Chief Executive Officer at Columbia Basin Hospital, a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital that also included a Nursing Home, an Assisted Living Complex, and a Physician Clinic, located in Ephrata, Washington. Maintaining his military affiliation in the US Army Reserves, Mr. Reeder was mobilized and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for 19 months in 2003 - 2004, where he was the Associate Hospital Administrator for two Combat Support Hospitals and received the Bronze Star. From 2005 – 2015, he commanded three medical task forces, the final three years as the Commander of the 2nd Medical Brigade, based out of Oakland, CA, which oversaw all Combat Medical Units in the Pacific Coast states.
Karin Cooke, RN, BSN, MA | 706-733-0188
Associate Director, Patient Care/Nursing Service
Ms. Cooke began her VA career at the West Haven VAMC as a staff nurse in Telemetry, MICU and CCU. She worked at the Atlanta VAMC in ICU and Quality Management/Safety for eight years. She transferred to the Philadelphia VAMC in 2002, where she was the Nurse Manager of the ED, Patient Care Services Project Manager and Chief Nurse of Operations, Education, Acute Care and Long Term Care for various periods over 12 years. Ms. Cooke joined the Charlie Norwood VAMC in 2014 as the Chief Nurse of Surgery & Interventional Services prior to Acting in the role of ADPCS.
John D. Stenger | 706-733-0188
John “JD” Stenger is the Assistant Medical Center Director. Mr. Stenger and began his career with VA Augusta in July 2012. Prior to this appointment he served as the Director, VHA Healthcare Engineering Program in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in Washington, DC. Mr. Stenger served as the Senior Healthcare Engineer in VHA responsible to provide program guidance and technical support to VHA Executives, other VHA Central Office program offices and VHA’s field based engineering professionals at all VHA facilities. Mr. Stenger has over a decade of extensive field operations experience in engineering and facilities management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994. He is a certified E.I.T. by the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers, and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1990. In 2010, Mr. Stenger became an American Hospital Association Certified Healthcare Facility Manager. Mr. Stenger is a 2012 graduate of the VHA Healthcare Leadership Development Institute.
Shereen R Reeves | 706-733-0188 Ext. 6155
Patient Advocate/ Case Manager