Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Educational Excellence at Martinsburg VA Medical Center
July 1, 2013
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) would like to congratulate- Agnes Llewellyn, Ph.D., for receiving a Doctorate of Educational Leadership in May from the University of Phoenix.
Llewellyn is the first employee in the learning resources department to earn this distinction. Prior to becoming the chief of employee learning resources she worked as a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) registered nurse.
Llewellyn started her career in 1987 as a VHA clinical specialist, and has a strong military family background; her father was a World War II Veteran. As the designated learning officer and chief of employee resources of the more than 300 nurses at the Martinsburg VAMC nothing is slowing her down.
In 2008 when the VA was authorized to become a designated learning facility Llewellyn was inspired to earn a doctorate. Her goal was to lead the VA in education and leadership as the designated learning officer, she said. She embarked on her journey towards a doctorate through the University of Phoenix, which has expanded her knowledge of organizational structure. “Pursuing my doctorate has helped me understand how to facilitate change and create a learning organization,” she said. “I am more aware of the changing role of supervisors in the 21st century.”
As the designated learning officer and chief of employee learning resources, Llewellyn wants her colleagues to understand that learning is part of the job, and that it enriches one’s life. “I would encourage other staff to try to reach their personal learning goals,” she said. With her newfound education and strong ambition, she is a true leader in educational excellence.
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.