Ms. Donna Jacobs was appointed Director of the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System on March 27, 2011. Prior to coming to Northern Arizona, Ms. Jacobs served as the Acting Director of the Lexington VA Medical Center from May 2010 to March 2011 and as Associate Director from February 2006 to May 2010. She served as Associate Director of the White River Junction, Vermont VA Medical Center from November 2003 to February 2006.
After employment in private sector healthcare for 14 years, she transitioned to the VA, at the Las Vegas VA HCS working 12 years in various VA leadership positions prior to advancing her executive leadership career.
Ms. Jacobs is a healthcare executive with a progressive 21 year VA Career, who is dedicated to the highest standards of quality patient care. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree of Science in Nursing as well as a Master's in business Administration. Ms. Jacobs is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Interim Chief of Staff
Dr. Keith Piatt was appointed as Interim Chief of Staff at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System effective December 2, 2012.
Dr. Piatt is a 1985 graduate of the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He served his internship, residency, and chief residency at the Good Samaritan Medical Center/Carl T, Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was named intern of the year and resident of the year. After completion of his residency, Dr. Piatt joined the staff at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center. He was responsible for the establishment of the first multidisciplinary HIV clinic in 1990 and was awarded the Secretary's "Hands and Heart" honor in 1992. He was selected as the Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care Services in 1995 and oversaw the opening of seven community based outpatient clinics, four in the metro Phoenix area and rural clinics in Payson, Globe, and Show Low, Arizona.
Dr. Piatt completed work on a masterís degree in Health Care Administration in 2006 through Seton Hall University and was chosen to give the commencement address. He has been selected five times as one of the "Top Doctors in Phoenix" by Phoenix Magazine.
Interim Associate Director, Patient Care Services / Nurse Executive
Ms. Doublin was awarded baccalaureate and masterís degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She began her career in Dallas, Texas, spending approximately 7 years in the Dallas VA in various leadership positions before moving to the private sector. She served in nurse executive positions in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before returning to the VA at NAVAHCS in 2007. She is married and spends her private time as a fiber artist and musician.