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VA North Texas Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Jeffery L. Milligan

Jeffery L. Milligan | 214-857-1166


Jeff Milligan was appointed as Director on October 3, 2011. Milligan formerly served as Director of VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System in Harlingen, Texas, from 2008 - 2011, after also serving as Acting Director of South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio.

From 2005-2008, Milligan served as Associate Director of VA North Texas Health Care System and was previously Acting Deputy Director of Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple.

Milligan began his VA career in 1989 as a general engineer at the Nashville VA Medical Center. From 1990-1993, he served as a Project Engineer and Assistant Chief Engineer at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia. In 1994, he was selected as the Assistant Chief Engineer at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina and subsequently became the Chief Engineer, serving in that capacity for approximately five years.

He was the Administrator of the Austin Outpatient Clinic from 1999 to 2001 and served as Staff Assistant to the Director of Central Texas Veterans Health Care System from 2001-2003, at then became the Acting Deputy Director of Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Milligan holds a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis. In 2005, he graduated from VA's Executive Career Field Training Program and also Leadership VA.

Portrait of Eric D. Jacobsen

Eric D. Jacobsen | 214-857-1143

Interim Associate Director

Eric D. Jacobsen was appointed Assistant Director at VA North Texas Health Care System in Sep. 2008 and is currently serving as Interim Associate Director.

Mr. Jacobsen began his VA career at VA North Texas Health Care System in 1999 as a Health System Specialist in the Executive Office. He has served as the Administrative Officer for the Radiation Oncology Service and the Nuclear Medicine Service, and in 2001, became the Administrative Officer for Radiology Service. In 2003, he accepted the position of Budget Analyst at VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network in Arlington, Texas, and in 2005, became the Staff Assistant to the Director.

Mr. Jacobsen received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and completed a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1999. He is a graduate of VA’s Executive Career Field Training Program and has achieved Diplomat Status in the American College of Health Care Executives.

Portrait of Jeffery L. Hastings, MD

Jeffery L. Hastings, MD | 214-857-1150

Interim Chief of Staff

Jeff Hastings, M.D. was appointed Interim Chief of Staff for VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) in April 2015. Prior to this position, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Heart Failure Services, and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for VANTHCS. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). In these roles, Dr. Hastings has had frequent interactions with physician staff, house staff, fellows and medical students, and he has devoted much of his time and energy to teaching.

Dr. Hastings graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 with a Bachelor's of Science in Physics, followed by a Master's of Science in Solid State Physics. He earned his medical degree from UTSW in 2003, after which he entered an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship through the American Board of Internal Medicine research pathway. He completed residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital, UTSW, and VANTHCS. With Dr. Benjamin Levine as mentor, he focused two years in research on improving the cardiovascular health of astronauts in space and reducing cardiovascular changes in humans due to aging. Dr. Hastings then completed two years of clinical cardiology training at UTSW followed by another two years dedicated to cardiovascular physiology research. He joined VANTHCS as a staff physician in 2011, and shortly after became Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs.

Dr. Hastings continues to support the VA research mission with continued involvement as a co-investigator for ongoing studies at VA North Texas and UTSW and as a member of the VA North Texas Research and Development Committee and Board of Directors of the Dallas VA Research Corporation. Since 1997, Dr. Hastings has had 55 publications, and he has reviewed grants for the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development MERIT section since 2013.

Portrait of Froylan Garza

Froylan Garza | 214-857-1144

Interim Assistant Director

Froy Garza began his VA career in 2009 at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System as Public Affairs Officer, Patient Centered Care Coordinator and later Strategic Planner/System Redesign Coordinator. Mr. Garza also served as Acting Administrative Officer at McAllen, Harlingen and Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinics, Acting Administrative Officer to the Associate Director and Acting Executive Assistant to the Director.

In September 2013, Mr. Garza was appointed Executive Assistant to the Director/Public Affairs Officer at VA North Texas Health Care System. He has served as Acting Assistant Director and was detailed to Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham as Administrative Service Manager.

Mr. Garza is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner and Master Black Belt in training. He is a graduate of the 2011 VISN 17 Leadership Development Institute and 2015 VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Edinburg, Texas.

Portrait of Jennifer R. Purdy

Jennifer R. Purdy | 214-857-4178

Assistant Director for Outpatient Services

Jennifer Purdy was selected as the Assistant Director for Outpatient Services in October 2008.

Purdy began her VA career in 1996 at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) as a front line social worker in Geriatric Psychiatry, Acute Care Medicine Units and Primary Care clinics, and then became the Social Work Supervisor for Primary Care in 1999. In 2001, she became the Health Systems Specialist in Primary Care responsible for day to day activities of primary care clinics and the VHA performance measure program. In 2005, Purdy was Chief of Quality Management at CAVHS, responsible for the continued readiness for external surveys, patient safety program, risk management and quality of care at CAVHS. From 2006 until October 2008 she served as Executive Assistant to the Director at South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Purdy received her bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas in 1993 and her master's degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1995. In 1999, she completed the VA Clinical Allied Health Science Leadership Training program and in 2002 graduated from the VISN 16 Leadership Development Institute. She is currently a member of the 2008 VHA Executive Career Field class.

Purdy currently serves on the VHA Universal Health Care Services Task Force and is working to develop a universal health care plan for VHA. She maintains the dashboard for the VHA Health Systems Committee and is a VHA Carey Award Examiner and serves on numerous committees for VISN 17. In 2003, Purdy was honored as the Arkansas Federal Employee of the Year.

Portrait of Gwendella C Robinson

Gwendella C Robinson | 214-857-4910

Interim Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Mrs. Robinson began her VA career in 2009 at the VA North Texas Healthcare System as an Infection Prevention & Control Coordinator, and then became the Chief of Sterile Processing Service in 2010. In 2012, she became the Associate Chief Nurse for Perioperative Care where she was responsible for clinical, programmatic, and administrative oversight of nursing. In addition, she was the Acting Chief of Quality Management in 2014 responsible for continuous readiness, external regulatory compliance, patient safety, quality of care, and risk management.

Prior to joining the VA Team, Mrs. Robinson was the Service Line Leader for Surgical Services at UT Southwestern. She served over 20 years on active duty, and retired in 2007 as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Mrs. Robinson was deployed during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and provided medical support during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She understands the unique needs of Veterans, and strives to create an environment conducive to healing the visible and invisible wounds.

Mrs. Robinson is a board certified Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is an advisory board member for West Coast University. Mrs. Robinson currently serves on the National Perioperative Field Advisory Committee and the VISN 17 Nurse Executive Council. Mrs. Robinson encourages evidence based practice, nursing research, and clinical excellence in nursing care.

Mrs. Robinson received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University, a Master's Degree in Healthcare Management at Webster University, and a Master's Degree in Health Sciences from Touro University.