Leadership Team - VA Long Beach Healthcare System
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VA Long Beach Healthcare System

 

Leadership Team

Walt C Dannenberg, Medical Center Director

Walt C Dannenberg | 562-826-5400

Medical Center Director

Director Walt Dannenberg has led VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS) as Chief Executive Officer and Medical Center Director since February 2017. With the goal of becoming the #1 healthcare system in the nation, Mr. Dannenberg and VALBHS have embarked on a transformational journey that strives for service excellence. This includes overseeing active construction projects to bring state-of-the-art facilities to VALBHS and expanding virtual care modalities so that Veterans can access their care online from anywhere in the world. Mr. Dannenberg often says, “There is no better mission than to serve those who have served” and “that’s why our Veterans deserve nothing but the best.” Prior to arriving at VALBHS, Mr. Dannenberg served as VA Palo Alto Heath Care System’s Associate Director and as Assistant Director with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Mr. Dannenberg began his VA career as a Graduate Healthcare Administrative Fellow in 2006 at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE) and previously served as Vice-President of the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University as well as a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Mr. Dannenberg is a member of the 2016 Class of Leadership VA and a graduate of VHA’s 2010 Health Care Leadership Development Program.


Bryan E. Arnette, Deputy Director

Bryan E. Arnette | 562-826-5401

Deputy Director

Mr. Bryan E. Arnette was appointed Deputy Director for VA Long Beach Healthcare System in January, 2021. In this capacity, Mr. Arnette manages and oversees operational services including Engineering and Facilities Management, Finance, Health Administration Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Supply Chain. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Arnette served as the Associate Director and Assistant Director for VA Long Beach Healthcare System where he oversaw various administrative departments and led the organization’s lean transformation. He is an experienced healthcare quality professional having served as Chief of the Office of Quality, Safety & Value at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. While there, he had operational responsibility for Quality & Patient Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Patient Experience, Process Improvement, and the Office of Education. Mr. Arnette began his VA career in the Student Career Experience Program at Orlando VA Medical Center and has advised senior healthcare executives as a health system specialist at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, and the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22). He is a graduate of the VHA Health Systems Management Trainee Program, VISN 21/22 Leadership Development Institute, and the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. Mr. Arnette holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and National Association of Health Services Executives.


Elizabeth Aubry, Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Aubry | 562-826-5403

Chief of Staff

Dr. Elizabeth Aubry was appointed Acting Chief of Staff for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in July of 2017 and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Aubry began her medical career with the VA in 2009 after completing a residency in internal medicine while at University of Cincinnati. As a part of Dr. Aubrey’s training, she spent time caring for Veterans at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. That experience fostered a passion to care for Veterans and ultimately influenced her decision to begin her career with the VA. Dr. Aubry, obtained her BS in Biology from University of California Irvine and then graduated from University of Toledo Medical School in 2006. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at University of Cincinnati in 2009 and began working at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center as a primary care Physician soon thereafter. She also spent time as an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Dr. Aubry transferred to the Long Beach VA in September 2014 and became a Section Chief for Primary Care in July 2015. Since her transfer to Long Beach she served as a PACT champion as an associate professor for UCI Internal Medicine residency program. She has special interests in patient-centered care and process improvement.


Michael J. Kim, Deputy Chief of Staff

Michael J. Kim

Deputy Chief of Staff

Michael J. Kim, MD was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in August of 2019. Dr. Kim began his career with VA Long Beach Healthcare System in 2012 as the Section Chief of Neuroradiology and then served as Chief of Imaging Healthcare Group from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Kim received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California – Santa Cruz, his Medical Doctorate from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of California – Irvine, and Neuroradiology Fellowship at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Kim holds an appointment with the School of Medicine at University of California – Irvine as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences. Dr. Kim has held a variety of leadership positions ranging from Chief Resident, Chief Fellow, Section Chief, and Service Chief while also receiving a variety of awards including, Intern of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Best Healthcare Group Chief. His research interests include the use of artificial intelligence and has a research grant with the Center of Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine (CAIDM) at the School of Medicine at the University of California- Irvine. Dr. Kim is passionate in process improvement and has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare Management.


Cory B Ramsey, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive

Cory B Ramsey, RN, MHA, NEA-BC | 562-826-5402

Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive

In August, 2016, Mr. Ramsey became the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive for the VA Long Beach Healthcare system (VALBHS). This role includes oversight for Nursing, Nursing Education and Research, Sterile Processing, Pharmacy, and Social Work. As a member of Senior Leadership, he also participates in decision-making that impacts the healthcare system as a whole. Mr. Ramsey came to VALBHS from VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver where he served as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive. In his capacity in Denver, he supported the delivery of care across a 45,000 square mile catchment area throughout much of Colorado. Mr Ramsey also served a 5-month period as the interim Medical Center Director. Prior to Denver, Mr. Ramsey was the Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. He served as the Chief of Nursing Services where he provided practice and operational oversight for more than 1,100 nursing employees with an annual operating budget of over $110 million. Mr. Ramsey graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1998 and in 2007, attended graduate school at Webster University earning his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. He is a Senior Fellow from the Excellence in Government fellowship, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and multiple nursing professional organizations. He is a board certified Nurse Executive Advanced. Mr. Ramsey enlisted with the US Army at 18 and was trained and served as a Combat Medic. While serving, he gained entry into the US Army’s Green-to-Gold Scholarship program and became a registered nurse in 1998. That same year, he was commissioned as an Army Nurse Corps Officer and entered active duty where he trained to become a critical care registered nurse.


Marla Weiss, DNP, FNP-BC, Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive

Marla Weiss, DNP, FNP-BC | 562-826-8000 Ext. 24873

Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive

Marla Weiss began her career with VA in 2005 as a Nurse practitioner at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in the Spinal Cord Injury Healthcare Group. She previously served in a variety of nursing management positions, including Clinical Manager, Lead Nurse Practitioner, and Chief Nurse. Dr. Weiss was appointed as the Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive in April, 2017. As Deputy Nurse Executive, she directly supervises Pharmacy, Social Work, and Patient Centered Care services, as well as clinical oversight for nursing practice throughout the medical center including the Wound Care Program and Full Practice Authority implementation for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. With over 18 years in the health care industry, Dr. Weiss brings extensive clinical, and administrative experience. Dr. Weiss also has an outstanding academic background that includes a Bachelor’s degree in Science Nursing from the California State University, Fullerton; a Master of Science in Nursing from the Nurse Practitioner Program of the University of California at Los Angeles and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of San Diego, California. As a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Weiss provides leadership, planning and administration of day-to-day patient-care operations, including employing evidenced based-practices, applying quality improvement projects, focusing on patient-centered care to enhance the Veteran’s experience.


Michelle Harkey, Acting Assistant Director

Michelle Harkey | 562-826-5400

Acting Assistant Director

Michelle Harkey was appointed Acting Assistant Director, VA Long Beach Healthcare System in January of 2020. Her duties include oversight of Environmental Management, Nutrition & Food, Occupational Safety & Emergency Management, Police, Privacy and Records, Prosthetics & Sensory Aids, and Canteen. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Harkey has served as Deputy Chief, Financial Management Services and Compliance and Business Integrity Officer. Mrs. Harkey began her VA career in 2006 at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System as a Research Coordinator, then served as a Health System Specialist in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. After transferring to VA Long Beach in 2011, Mrs. Harkey continued her VA career in the Financial Management Service where she served as a Management Analyst for Special Purpose funding (2011-2012), Budget Analyst for Medical Services funding (2012-2013) and finally, as the Deputy Chief (2013-2017). Mrs. Harkey serves as the Compliance and Business Integrity Officer under the Office of the Director and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (California State University, Long Beach) and Master of Science in Biomechanics (California State University, Fullerton).