Leadership Team - Alaska VA Healthcare System
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Alaska VA Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Thomas A. Steinbrunner, FACHE, Acting Director

Thomas A. Steinbrunner, FACHE | 907-257-5460

Acting Director

Thomas A Steinbrunner, FACHE (Col, USAF, Ret) was appointed as the Acting Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) on June 20, 2020. In this role, he collaborates with Department of Defense, Tribal, and Coast Guard health care systems to deliver services at 9 locations for 36,000 enrolled veterans throughout the state of Alaska. In addition, he provides leadership and management to a trained staff of over 700 personnel, supporting the Anchorage VA Outpatient Clinic; a 35-bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans; a 15-bed Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Program; a 24-unit Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence; 10-bed Intensive Care and 24-bed Medical Service Units at the VA/DoD Joint Venture Hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; four Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai/Soldotna, and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley; an Outreach Clinic in Homer; a Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries Program; and a Joint Program of Supported Housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD/VASH). Prior to this appointment, served as the AVAHS Associate Director for the previous 3 years. In this role, he led a 20% expansion of AVAHS’s staff and developed the plans to expand facility space at each of the outpatient clinics in the state in order to improve Veteran access to care. In addition, he oversaw the VA’s emergency response to the Anchorage 7.1 Earthquake. Mr. Steinbrunner is a 34-year Air Force Veteran, who served in multiple health care leadership positions at the Clinic, Hospital, Regional Headquarters, Air Force, and Department of Defense Levels. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management from the American College of Healthcare Executives; and is a distinguished graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and United States Air Force Academy.

Corey D. Gibbs, MPA, Acting Associate Director

Corey D. Gibbs, MPA | 907-257-5460

Acting Associate Director

Corey D. Gibbs, (Maj, USAF, Ret) was appointed as the Interim Associate Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) on July 5, 2020. Prior to this appointment, he served in multiple leadership positions within the VHA and United States Air Force. He currently holds the position of Chief, Supply Chain Officer at the Boise Idaho VAMC. He has extensive DOD experience in financial management and Inventory Management. He is an Air Force Combat Veteran with over 3 years of deployment experience serving in Operations OEF, OIF, OND. The Associate Director is an integral member of the Executive Management team, responsible overseeing Human Resources, Fiscal Management, Logistics, Facilities Management, Health Administration, Public Affairs and Voluntary Services, Police Operations, and Rural Health departments supporting health care services for 34,000 enrolled veterans throughout the state of Alaska. Mr. Gibbs has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and an Undergraduate Degree in Business Management from the University of Michigan where he earned his USAF ROTC commission in 2000.

Francisco Hurtado, RN, BSN, MHA, NA-BC, Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Francisco Hurtado, RN, BSN, MHA, NA-BC | 907-257-5460

Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Mr. Francisco Hurtado, RN, MHA, MBA, NA-BC; was appointed as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Alaska VA Healthcare System in April 2017. Prior to working for the Alaska VA Healthcare System, Mr. Hurtado held several critical positions including Chief Nurse of Primary Care Services, Chief Nurse Acute Care, Chief Nurse Inpatient Mental Health and Emergency Department, Chief Nurse Mental Health and DOD Joint Venture, Acting Chief of Quality Management at the VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NCHCS). He has over 16 consecutive years with the Department of Veteran Affairs and over 22 years total of progressive leadership experience working in various organizational environments. Mr. Hurtado has over 23 years of military experience with two active overseas tours; Germany 2004-2005 as an Operating Room Nurse, and Iraq 2008-2009 as Chief Nurse Detainee Operations Iraq. Currently he continues to serve as Field Grade Officer, Lieutenant Colonel in the United Stated Army Reserve. His current assignment since June 2015 to the present is serving as Detailed Inspector General for the 807th MCDS.

Cynthia Joe, MD, Chief of Staff

Cynthia Joe, MD | 907-257-5460

Chief of Staff

Cynthia A. Joe, M.D., became the Chief of Staff of the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) on May 11, 1998. During Dr. Joe's tenure, the AVAHS has expanded its presence in Alaska with the success of the VA/DoD Joint Venture Military Treatment Facility (JVMTF) at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Fairbanks VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic co-located at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Kenai VA CBOC in 2001, Mat-Su VA CBOC in 2009, Homer VA Outreach Clinic in 2009, and the Juneau VA Outreach Clinic in 2010. Dr. Joe's clinical and administrative experience includes both VA and other federal agencies. She is a member of the VA/DoD JVMTF Executive Committee and Joint Venture Business Operations Committee; chairs the AVAHS Professional Staff Committee and Medical Executive Committee. She is a VA clinical representative to the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership and a member of the Clinical Team of the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (the nation's largest Tele-medicine project). Dr. Joe is an Arkansas native who graduated from Northeast Louisiana University. She received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa campus. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has held additional qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. She completed the VA Clinical Leadership Institute in 1999 and Leadership VA in 2000. She has completed the two year VISN20 Executive Development Program sponsored by VA and University of Washington. She was the Medical Support Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 26th National Veterans Wheelchair Games July 2006.