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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 R. Hartronft, MD, MBA, FACP, FACH

Scotte R. Hartronft, MD, MBA, FACP, FACH |

Chief of Staff

Dr. Hartronft, who is a US Army Veteran, 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. He is also a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).


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 he held positions at Providence VAMC, VA Boston HCS, and Hines VA in Chicago following 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 has also completed the Federal Government Executive Potential Program. Mr. Doelling’s clinical experiences include critical care, trauma, oncology, community health, and hospice. He 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 Joy Edvalson

Joy Edvalson |

Acting Associate Director

Joy L Edvalson is currently serving intermittently as the Acting Associate Director at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) as the search for an appropriate permanent candidate for the position takes place. She has served as the GLAHS Deputy Nurse Executive since March 2016. Joy has been a practicing RN for 41 years and brings 20+ years of Wound and Ostomy experience that included an Independent Private Practice in the Greater Los Angeles area, in all levels of care and frequently is retained as an expert witness. She graduated with her BSN from Westminster College and her MSN in Nursing Administration from BYU in the state of Utah. She completed her WOCN program from Albany University in New York and her Post Graduate FNP program at USC in 1995. She joined GLAHS in 2004 to develop a Wound Care Program and received the Secretaries Award in 2008 for RN in an expanded role. She has functioned on the National Pressure Ulcer Prevention task force since inception in 2007. Mrs. Edvalson has functioned as the Associate Chief Nurse – Non-Institutional Care at GLAHS since February 2012 in addition to managing the Wound Care Program.


Portrait of Kari A Blackwell

Kari A Blackwell |

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.