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James J. Peters VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Erik Langhoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Erik Langhoff, M.D., Ph.D. | 718-584-9000

Medical Center Director

Portrait of Kathleen M. Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, IIW

Kathleen M. Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, IIW | 718.584.9000

Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive

Portrait of Sarah Garrison, MD, MPH

Sarah Garrison, MD, MPH | 718-584-9000 x6522

Chief of Staff

Portrait of Sylvia M. Barchue, MS, RN

Sylvia M. Barchue, MS, RN | 718-584-9000

Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Ms. Barchue is an experienced nurse executive and a highly effective leader. She holds a Certificate in Nursing Management, Fairfield University, a BA in Leadership, Sacred Heart University (Magna Cum Laude), and MS in Organization and Management with a Specialization in Leadership (Summa Cum Laude) Capella University. She is a graduate of the Northeast Health Care Leadership Institute and is one of the first Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentors.

Ms. Barchue has spearheaded and implemented the Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support on site programs within the entire VISN 3 Network; the first VISN 3 Clinical Nurse Managers Leadership Institute; and the first JJP VAMC Nurse Managers Boot camp. She professionally networked to affiliate with Hunter College (CUNY) to become the clinical site for the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) program. She also spearheaded the implementation of a joint program between the Department of Defense and the JJP VAMC to detail active-duty soldiers for a 2-week voluntary period at the JJP VAMC.

Ms. Barchue successfully completed a federally funded pilot program for Intermediate Care Technicians (ICTs) to train medics and corpsmen in Emergency Care; the only ED in the North East selected for this pilot. She has since written a chapter in a book titled “Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses tell Their Story”. In addition to her recent publication she has authored numerous articles, book chapters and books.

Ms. Barchue is highly sought after and constantly recommended to perform evaluations of patient care delivery at other Medical Centers within the VA system. She has also chaired and co-chaired numerous committees within this system. She has received many awards including the James J Peters VAMC Mentor of the Year (2013) and Sacred Heart University Alumni of the Year, Leadership Award (2013).