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Portrait of Ann Brown, FACHE

Ann Brown, FACHE |

Healthcare System Director

Ms. Ann Brown was appointed as the Medical Center Director of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System effective February 7, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Brown served as the Director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She also previously served as the Director of the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV, Acting Deputy Network Director (VISN 9), the Associate Director for Operations at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville TN, and the VISN 23 Business Office Manager in Lincoln NE. In addition, Ms. Brown held various positions at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio TX. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin, and a master’s degree in health services administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Portrait of Scotte Hartronft, M.D., MBA, FACP, FACHE

Scotte Hartronft, M.D., MBA, FACP, FACHE |

Chief of Staff

Dr. Hartronft was appointed as the Chief of Staff of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System effective April 4, 2016. Dr. Hartronft formerly served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dr. Hartronft received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed an Executive Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. After graduating medical school, Dr. Hartronft went onto active duty in the U.S. Army and completed both an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and completed the joint VA/DoD Geriatric Medicine fellowship program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Portrait of James Doelling, MS, BSN, NE-BC

James Doelling, MS, BSN, NE-BC |

Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Mr. Doelling was appointed Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare system effective December 27, 2015. Mr. Doelling has been in VA Nursing Leadership since 2001. Prior to this appointment
Mr. Doelling held positions at Providence VAMC, VA Boston HCS, and Hines VA in Chicago after 13 years in the private sector.

Mr. Doelling obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University in 1988 and his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Springfield College in 2005. He is currently enrolled in the Federal Government Executive Potential Program. Mr. Doelling’s clinical experiences include critical care, trauma, oncology, community health, and hospice.
Mr. Doelling has done a considerable amount of work with RN Residency programs as well as VISN wide Nurse Manager Program development and Mentor training.


Portrait of Susan E. Shyshka, FACHE

Susan E. Shyshka, FACHE |

Associate Director of Administrative Operations

Ms. Susan Shyshka was appointed Associate Director for Administrative Operations, effective August 24, 2014. With a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan, she started as a Librarian at the VA Hospital in Nashville, TN in 1984. After working there for 4 years, she became a member of Learning Resources Service in VACO in Washington DC. She moved to California in 1991 to become the Assistant Chief of Library and Medical Records at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In 2001she was appointed Associate Director of VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno, CA. She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care executives and a Board Certified Health Care Executive. During her career she has participated in numerous educational and professional development activities including the Federal Interagency Institute, Advanced Clinical Access Coaches College, and the Health Care Leadership Institute


Portrait of Kari A Blackwell

Kari A Blackwell |

Acting Assistant Director

Ms. Blackwell joined the VA eight years ago as the Staff Assistant in Primary Care at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas and has held progressively responsible leadership positions since that time, including Acting Assistant Director for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Most recently, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Director at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. She holds a Masters in Health Administration from Texas A&M Health Science Center - School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.