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.
Mr. James Belmont was appointed Associate Director at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System on May 22, 2011. Mr. Belmont received his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree with honor in 2007, and a Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Management in 2009.
Mr. Belmont began his VA career as a biomedical engineering technician with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Togus, Maine in 1983. In 1989 Mr. Belmont moved to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center serving in various positions including; Biomedical Engineering Supervisor, Chief of Engineering, Public Affairs Officer, Staff Assistant to the Director, and Facility Planner.
Mr. Belmont is a 2011 Executive Career Field graduate, inclusive of the VA Health Care Leadership Institue. Mr. Belmont is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Credentialed Member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
Associate Director, Patient Care Services / Nurse Executive
Ms. Marianne Locke was appointed as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (ADPCS) at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in January, 2007. As the ADPCS, Ms. Locke maintains a comprehensive program, inclusive of professional nursing practices, to ensure compliance with Department of Veterans Affairs Directives, State Board regulations, the Joint Commission standards and other regulatory and accrediting bodies.
She also serves as the Veteran Centered Care Champion at the facility. Ms. Locke is the VISN 18 representative to the National Nurse Executive Council and in VISN 18 has served as the Nurse Executive Representative on the VISN 18 Executive Health Care Council. Ms. Locke received her Associate Nursing degree from Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Arizona. Ms. Locke also holds a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.
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 master’s 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.