Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
Jean J. Gurga, MA, OTR/L | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6552
Medical Center Director
Ms. Jean Gurga was appointed Medical Center Director at Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) effective on August 3, 2020. Ms. Gurga has over 23 years of VA health care experience in Quality, Ambulatory Care, and Occupational Therapy. Since December 2017, she has served as the Associate Director at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System overseeing facility operations for Engineering, Fiscal, Health Administration, Human Resources, and Supply Chain. She also serves as the executive in charge for Information Technology and Contracting services for the facility. Ms. Gurga previously served as the Chief, Office of Quality, Safety & Value (QSV) at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In that role, she was responsible for leading the operations and strategic direction for QSV with programmatic responsibilities for quality & safety, infection prevention & control, patient experience, process improvement, and the office of education. In addition, Ms. Gurga worked closely with executive leadership in building Palo Alto’s continuous improvement infrastructure and the deployment of their Lean management system. For several years, she coached and facilitated improvement projects at the local, network, and national level. Ms. Gurga formerly served as the Assistant Chief of Ambulatory Care Service and was as an occupational therapist for ten years with her last clinical position being Chief of Occupational Therapy at Palo Alto. Ms. Gurga is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. She holds a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University - Boston School of Occupational Therapy and an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Mills College. In 2017, Ms. Gurga graduated from VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program and in 2011 she graduated from the Partnership for Public Service's Excellence in Government Fellows Program.
A. Panneer Selvam, MD | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6009
Chief of Staff
Dr. A. Panneer Selvam was appointed as the Chief of Staff, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Prescott, Arizona, effective December 16, 2018. Dr. Selvam is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He completed his medical degree at Stanley Medical College, Madras, India in 1987, and completed further post-graduate training in Internal Medicine in India, before moving to Ireland where he served as Senior House Officer, Internal Medicine at the Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland from March 1994 through June 1995. He completed Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri in 1997. Dr. Selvam joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in July 1997 as a staff physician at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital, and has served the VA since. His previous leadership positions include as the Director of Primary Care at the Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, MO, from 2001 to 2005, and as the Chief of Staff at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System from 2005 to 2013. He is a 2007 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Institute. He served as a coach for the Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) in 2008-2009, and as a mentor for ECF (Executive Career Field) candidates in 2008-09, and 2009-10.
Lisa Martin | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6553
Ms. Martin was appointed Associate Director at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System effective March 18, 2018. Ms. Martin is a 21-year Air Force Veteran with over 20 years of health care and leadership experience at the Federal, State and local levels. She recently completed a three year assignment as the Wyoming Health Care Center Director after serving as Chief of Health Administration with the Battle Creek VA Health Care System. Prior to working with the Department of Veteran Affairs, she worked for the Department of the Army as a Senior Management Analyst for Headquarters Army Europe. Ms. Martin holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and a graduate degree in Public Administration from California State University Bakersfield.
Mary Pittman Mach, RN, MSN | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6557
Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
Ms. Pittman Mach was appointed the Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive on May 6, 2019. Mary is the new Nurse Executive/Associate Director Patient Care Services (ADPCS). Mary grew up in Fulda Minnesota, a small farming community in the southwest part of the state. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph MN) with her BSN in 1984 and her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2012. In her 35-year nursing career, Mary’s worked in many settings. This includes Bone Marrow Transplant, Medical-Surgical, Surgical Intensive Care, Operating Room, Emergency Room, and Public Health Nursing. Mary’s leadership journey started 19 years ago and continues to be her passion. Mary comes to NAVAHCS from the St. Cloud, MN VA as the Nurse Administrator in the Surgical, Specialty Care Service Line. Mary’s been married to her husband Bob for 34 years (their 35th will be celebrated August 2019.) They have two children, Christopher and Chelsea. Christopher is a nurse anesthetist and Chelsea is a hospice nurse. Mary comes from a long line of nurses, including her mother, her sisters, her brother-in-law, her daughter- in law, niece and a nephew. Clearly a love of the profession runs in the family! Mary enjoys reading, hiking, music, and motorcycle rides with Bob. She also became a grandma in October, to a beautiful baby boy, Cameron. She’s happy to be at NAVAHCS!