Leadership Team - VA North Texas Health Care System
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VA North Texas Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Stephen R Holt, Hospital Director

Stephen R Holt | 214-857-1112

Hospital Director

Stephen R. Holt, MD was appointed Director of VA North Texas Health Care System on Dec. 10, 2017, where he leads the second largest VA system in the Nation. VA North Texas includes facilities in Dallas, Bonham, Fort Worth, Tyler, Plano, and five community-based outpatient clinics throughout its 40-county service area. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, 5,600 staff and 1,500 volunteers, VA North Texas provided care to more than 133,000 unique patients and almost 1.5 million outpatient visits in FY 17. Dr. Holt formerly served as Director of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center from 2014-2017. Other appointments include VISN 7 Chief Medical Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff at VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Holt is a Veteran of the Air Force, where he spent 21 years as a Medical Officer (MD1) in field and central command locations. During his service, he also served as the 1st Air Force Surgeon General at Tyndall Air Force Base, and Deputy Director of the Modernization Directorate in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. Dr. Holt retired at the rank of Colonel. Dr. Holt is Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Holt has more than 29 years of health care experience. He holds a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services, a Masters Degree in Public Health and Masters of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy.

Kendrick Brown, Associate Director

Kendrick Brown | 214-857-1143

Associate Director

Kendrick Brown was appointed Associate Director of VA North Texas Health Care System in Jul. 2016, where he manages areas of Logistics, Engineering, Human Resources, Pharmacy, Prosthetics, Health Information Management, and Fiscal Services. He previously served as Interim Director May-December, 2017. Formerly serving as Chief, Engineering Service at VANTHCS since 2009, Mr. Brown chaired or co-chaired various committees as well as participated in workgroups at the national level. His role as Chief gave him direct management and oversight for more than 200 employees with diverse responsibilities, including medical equipment support, patient transportation, and project facilitation, with facility operations across three North Texas facilities and multiple community based outpatient clinics. Mr. Brown entered the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1996 as a Technical Career Field Candidate. He has served in varied capacities in the department and has advanced through the leadership ranks of Engineering Service from Projects Supervisor, Associate Chief to selection as Chief. Brown received certification as a program/project manager through the Federal Acquisition Academy.

Eric Jacobsen, Assistant Director

Eric Jacobsen | 214-857-1144

Assistant Director

Eric Jacobsen was appointed Assistant Director at VA North Texas Health Care System in Sep. 2008, where he managed areas of MAS, EMS, VA Police, Voluntary Service, VCS, N&FS, Recreation Therapy, Safety and Social Work Services. He previously served as Acting Associate Director May-Dec. 2017. Mr. Jacobsen began his VA career at VANTHCS in 1999 as a Health System Specialist in the Executive Office. He has served as Administrative Officer for Radiation Oncology Service, Nuclear Medicine Service, and Radiology Service. In 2003, he accepted the position of Budget Analyst at VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network in Arlington, and in 2005, became 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.

Jeffrey L. Hastings, MD, Chief of Staff

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

Chief of Staff

Jeffrey L. Hastings, M.D. was appointed Chief of Staff for VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) on June 23, 2016. Serving as Interim Chief of Staff since April 2015, he previously 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

Gwendella C Robinson, Nurse Executive

Gwendella C Robinson | 214-857-0632

Nurse Executive

Dr. 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. In 2015, she became Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services where she continued to implement excellent care to Veterans. Prior to joining the VA Team, Dr. Robinson was the Service Line Leader for Surgical Services at UT Southwestern. Dr. Robinson served over 20 years on active duty and retired in 2007 as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Dr. 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. Dr. Robinson is a board-certified Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an advisory board member for the University of Texas at Arlington and West Coast University. Dr. Robinson currently serves on the National Nurse Executive Leadership Board and the VISN 17 Nurse Executive Council. She encourages evidence-based practice, nursing research, and clinical excellence in nursing care. Dr. Robinson received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University, A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Norfolk State University, a Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership at Webster University, a Master of Science in Health Sciences/Public Health at Touro University, and a Doctor of Health Sciences Degree at A.T. Still University.

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Vacant | 214-857-1144

Assistant Director for Outpatient Services