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VISN 12 - VA Great Lakes Health Care System

 

Leadership Team

Daniel S. Zomchek, Network Director

Daniel S. Zomchek | 708-492-3900

Network Director

Dr. Zomchek was appointed Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Director on September 25, 2022. In this role, he oversees 8 medical centers, 40 outpatient clinics, 8 nursing homes, and 7 domiciliaries, offering health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside in its 4-state (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northwest Indiana) area. Prior to assuming the Network Director role, Dr. Zomchek served as Acting Network Director from May through September of 2022. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he oversaw the delivery of health care to more than 107K Veterans and was responsible for an operating budget of $730M and a workforce of approximately 4,100 personnel. Previously, Dr. Zomchek also served as the Associate Director of the Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center and the Associate Director at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center in Bedford, Massachusetts. Additionally, he served as a Health Systems Specialist for the Veterans Integrated Service Network of Ohio (VISN 10), where he managed various programs and initiatives across a network of five medical centers. While in his position at VISN 10, Dr. Zomchek served as Acting Associate Director of the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan and as Acting Sub-Initiative Lead for one of the Secretary’s Major Transformation Initiatives. Dr. Zomchek is a Certified Mentor and is board certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Nancy Berard, Acting Deputy Director

Nancy Berard | 708-492-3900

Acting Deputy Director

Ms. Nancy Berard was appointed Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Acting Deputy Network Director on December 18, 2022. In this role, she assists in providing oversight of eight VA medical centers, 40 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, seven domiciliaries, and health care services to Veterans in Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana. Ms. Berard began her career as a Registered Dietitian at Hines VA Hospital in 1992. She currently serves as the VISN 12 Strategic Planning Officer, in which she is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for strategic and operational planning in the VISN, and leadership of the ongoing Market Area Health System Optimization (MAHSO or Market Assessment) Process. Ms. Berard has worked in VISN 12 for over 30 years in various roles in Education Services, VERA Coordination, Hines VA’s Chief of Staff office and in local, VISN, and national leadership roles in Nutrition and Food Services. She also served as VISN 12’s COVID Incident Commander beginning in March 2021. Ms. Berard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. She is a graduate of the VISN 12 Leadership Development Program and a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner.


Gregg Meekins, Chief Medical Officer

Gregg Meekins | 708-492-3900

Chief Medical Officer

Gregg Meekins, MD, was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 on April 24, 2022. In this role, he leads clinical care delivery coordination the Network. Dr. Meekins had a wide range of VA experience, including Chief of Staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Section Chief of Neurology at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) with added subspecialty qualifications in Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Diseases. Dr. Meekins earned his B.S. from Seattle University and his M.D. from Tulane University, and performed his residency in Neurology at the University of Washington and fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology/Neuromuscular Diseases at the University of Utah. He completed a Senior Executive Fellowship with Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and has held academic appointments as an Associate Professor of Neurology with the University of Minnesota and University of Washington Schools of Medicine.


Shavetta R. Williams, Chief Nursing Officer

Shavetta R. Williams | 708-492-3900

Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Shavetta R. Williams was appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 on April 19, 2020. In this role, she oversees multiple key clinical services and programs including nursing, establish standards of nursing practice, and ensure the continuous and timely availability of quality healthcare operations and nursing services across the Network, which provides health care to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within a four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) catchment area. Her 17 years of nursing experience in clinical, consultative and administrative roles includes previous VA experience as Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services at VA Saint Louis Health Care System and Infection Preventionist at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, in addition to Clinical, Staff, and Medical/Surgical Nurse positions in the private sector and Department of Defense. Williams earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Trident University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from San Antonio College. In 2012, she was selected as the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center Woman of Distinction. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA).


Barbara Kelly, Quality Management Officer

Barbara Kelly | 708-492-3900

Quality Management Officer

Ms. Barbara Kelly was appointed Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Quality Management Officer on October 11, 2020. In this role, she oversees the Quality Management and Performance Improvement Program for the VA Great Lakes Health Care System, which consists of eight medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, and seven domiciliaries. VISN 12 offers health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within its four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) area. Facilities in VISN 12 operate 851 medical, surgical, and psychiatric hospital beds, as well as 938 community living center beds and 442 domiciliary beds. Varying in size and complexity, VISN 12 facilities play a fundamental role in training thousands of physicians and allied health care personnel each year. Kelly has been a dedicated VA employee for more than 30 years. She began her nursing career as a Student Nurse Technician before being hired as a Registered Nurse for VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System (VANIHCS). She has served in a variety of clinical and administrative roles over the years at the VA, including staff nurse of Geriatric and Extended Care, Nurse Manager of the Acute Mental Health and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Clinical Practice Guidelines Coordinator, Chief of Quality Management, and most recently Quality Management Officer. Kelly has a strong background in Quality Management and Mental Health Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Kelly has spent over a decade working as an adjunct clinical nursing professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Kelly is a Fellow of the VISN 11 Leadership Development Program. She is a certified mentor and has served as a Mentor at the VISN and local levels.