Leadership Team - Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
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Northern Arizona VA Health Care System

 

Leadership Team

Steve Sample, MS, CH, VHA-CM, Interim Medical Center Director

Steve Sample, MS, CH, VHA-CM | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6552

Interim Medical Center Director

Steve Sample was appointed Interim Medical Center Director at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System effective August 2, 2021. Steve was appointed as the Assistant Director for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in January 2018. He provides direct oversight of business operations related to Logistics, Voluntary Services, Environmental Management, Veteran Experience, Public Affairs, Medical Media, System Redesign, Prosthetics, and is the facility liaison for Veteran Canteen Service, Information Security and Information and Technology Service Operations. He is a 2017 graduate of Leadership VA (LVA) and Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). Mr. Sample joined the VA as the Tucson VA Compliance Officer in 2007. He subsequently served as the team lead for the Office of Compliance and Business Integrity's Consultation and Assessment Section under Quality, Safety and Value. Prior to his appointment to the Executive Leadership Team, he served as the Chief of Group Practice and Management Support Service encompassing patient access to care, strategic planning, executive decision support, systems redesign, VERA, managerial cost accounting, and data analytics. Prior to his tenure with the VA, Mr. Sample served in a variety of leadership positions, completing 23 years of service in the Air Force. He was a command pilot and flew combat missions during Operations Desert Storm and was the deployed commander of a combat flying squadron during Operation Allied Force. Mr. Sample is a graduate of the Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. ​ Steve provides direct oversight of business operations related to Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Health Administration Services, Police Services, Facilities Management, Safety, Prosthetics, and is the facility liaison for Veteran Canteen Service, Information Security and Information and Technology Service Operations. Prior to his appointment at NAVAHCS, Steve served as the Assistant Director for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS). He is a 2017 graduate of Leadership VA (LVA) and Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). Mr. Sample joined the VA as the Tucson VA Compliance Officer in 2007. He subsequently served as the team lead for the Office of Compliance and Business Integrity's Consultation and Assessment Section under Quality, Safety and Value. Prior to his appointment to the Executive Leadership Team, he served as the Chief of Group Practice and Management Support Service encompassing patient access to care, strategic planning, executive decision support, systems redesign, VERA, managerial cost accounting, and data analytics. Prior to his tenure with the VA, Mr. Sample served in a variety of leadership positions, completing 23 years of service in the Air Force. He was a command pilot and flew combat missions during Operations Desert Storm and was the deployed commander of a combat flying squadron during Operation Allied Force. Mr. Sample is a graduate of the Air War College and Air Command and Staff College.


 Megan A. Babcock, MD, FACP, Chief of Staff

Megan A. Babcock, MD, FACP | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6009

Chief of Staff

Dr. Babcock was appointed as the Chief of Staff at Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Prescott, Arizona, effective July 18, 2021. ​ Dr. Babcock is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has 20 years' experience in clinical practice, clinical administration and teaching. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She most recently served as the Associ​ate Chief of Staff, Ambulatory Care Service at the New Mexico VA Health Care System. She joined VA service in 2009 as the section chief of the Women's Comprehensive Care Center at the ABQ VA. She was promoted to ACOS, Ambulatory Care in 2014. During her tenure as ACOS, she graduated from the VA innovations and Improvement Academy completing three black belt projects in a year's time. She has a special interest in clinical quality metrics, system redesign, and modernization of primary care practice. She is also a certified in colposcopy by the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Dr. Babcock is an Associate Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine and precepts trainees, lectures and develops curriculum. She is a Veteran of the US Navy Reserves serving at Hospital Point, Annapolis, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda and the US Naval Hospital, Okinawa Japan. She was a preceptor to Japanese Interns while in Okinawa which was a most interesting clinical and cultural experience. Dr. Babcock graduated from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center-School of Medicine in 1997 with a faculty commendation in research. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia in 2000. She has practiced in varied positions though out her career: working as a hospitalist, private practice, Navy Medicine, and as a staff physician for the Drug Enforcement Administration. ​


Steve Woods, Acting Associate Director

Steve Woods | 928-445-4860 Ext. 6553

Acting Associate Director

Steven G. Woods was appointed as Acting Associate Director for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) effective August 2, 2021. ​Mr. Woods has been serving as the Chief Supply Chain Officer for NAVAHCS and prior to that served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer for the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He has almost 38 years of combined VA and military leadership experience. Mr. Woods has a MS Degree in Logistics Management, a MS Degree in National Strategic Studies, and is a graduate of the Operations Management for Healthcare Course at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA in 2017 and the Supply Chain Skills for Medical Logisticians in the 21st Century Course at the Institute for Defense and Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2015. Prior to his tenure with the VA, Mr. Woods served in successive leadership positions of increasing responsibility in a 30 year U.S. Army career, culminating with his assignment as the Deputy Commander for Support, U.S. Army South/VI Army. He deployed to Operation Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division and to Operation Enduring Freedom in Battalion Command with the 25th Infantry Division, as well as several Special Operations deployments throughout the Middle East and Horn of Africa. In 2010 he deployed to Haiti after the tragic earthquake there to serve as the Chief Logistics Officer, Joint Task Force-Haiti for Operation Unified Response. Mr. Woods is a graduate of the Army War College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army Logistics Executive Development Course at the Army Logistics Management College.


Mary Pittman Mach, RN, MSN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

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!