Leadership Team - Alaska VA Healthcare System
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Alaska VA Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Thomas A. Steinbrunner, FACHE, Director

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


Thomas A Steinbrunner, FACHE (Col, USAF, Ret) was appointed as the Executive Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) on March 14, 2021. Mr. Steinbrunner collaborates with Department of Defense, Tribal, and Coast Guard health care systems to deliver health care services at 9 locations for 36,000 enrolled veterans throughout the state of Alaska. He leads a staff of 740 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; five Community Based Outpatient Clinics; a Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries Program; and a Joint Program of Supported Housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD/VASH). He serves as the Chairperson of the Alaska Federal Healthcare Partnership. Prior to joining the VA as the Alaska VA Healthcare System’s Associate Director, Mr. Steinbrunner completed a 34-year military career in 2017. During this period, he served in leadership positions at several medical treatment facilities, in deployed operations, as well as at the regional, Air Force, and Department of Defense levels. In addition, he led multi-national humanitarian missions providing healthcare to medically underserved populations of Haiti, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management, as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jennifer R Price, MPA, Acting Associate Director

Jennifer R Price, MPA | 907-257-5460

Acting Associate Director

Jennifer Price was appointed as the Interim Associate Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare Systems (AVAHS) on October 25, 2020. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Price has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the AVAHS since January 2016. She has extensive experience in financial management and governmental accounting. She started her government career with the Denali Commission, a small independent Federal agency, in 2001. The Associate Director is an integral member of the Executive Management team, responsible overseeing 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. Ms. Price has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and an Undergraduate Degree in Organizational Management from Alaska Pacific University.

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.