Health System Director
Mr. Juan A. Morales, R.N., M.S.N., was appointed as the Director of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System on January 6, 2008. Mr. Morales directs a primary service area that includes middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and part of northern Alabama and Georgia with a veteran population of approximately 375,000. TVHS provides care to approximately 85,000 veterans a year.
Mr. Morales has a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Mr. Morales’ experience includes working at VA’s in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Miami, Florida; Amarillo, Texas; and Birmingham, Alabama. His last assignment prior to joining Tennessee Valley was at the James H. Quillen VAMC in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is the Chairperson of the VISN 9 Care Delivery Board and VISN 9 Patient Centered Care Committee. He is a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board.
Chief Operating Officer, Murfreesboro
VA TVHS Welcomed Ms. Suzanne Jené as the new Chief Operating Officer for its Murfreesboro Campus July 15, 2012.
Ms. Jené is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and has served in the VA for more than 23 years. She comes to VA TVHS from the Huntington, WV, VA Medical Center where she served as the facility’s associate director.
Prior to her post as associate director at the Huntington VA Medical Center, Ms. Jené worked in various VA assignments throughout the country, including California, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Ms. Jené’s education includes: an Associate of Science degree from Community College of Allegheny County; Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Services and Business Administration from Point Park University; and a Masters of Business Administration and Health Services from Devry University . She is also a graduate of the VA’s Healthcare Leadership Institute. Prior to her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, she worked for 10 years in the private sector managing physician offices and teaching courses at local colleges in the Pittsburgh area.
Chief Operating Officer, Nashville Campus
Gary D. Trende, FACHE, was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System – Nashville on April 12, 2009. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Director of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. He served as a Health System Specialist in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, D.C. from December 2004 until September 2007. Prior to that position, Mr. Trende was assigned to the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Education System where he developed and facilitated the Senior Executive Orientation Course and the Executive Career Field Overview Course for senior VA officials. He developed, piloted and implemented VA Learning Online which made more than 1,500 courses available online for VA employees throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Trende served his country for nearly 27 years in the United States Air Force. During his Air Force career, Mr. Trende was stationed in Southeast and Southwest Asia in various capacities and was selected for three commands.
Mr. Trende graduated from Cleveland State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 1979 he earned a Master of Science degree in Management from the State University of New York, and in 1999 he completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma where he also earned his Principal and Superintendent of Schools certificates.
Mr. Trende is a graduate of Leadership VA 2002 and VHA’s Executive Career Field Development Course. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS).
Associate Director for Nursing Service
Janice Cobb, RN, BSN, BS, MA, was appointed Associate Director for Nursing Service of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System effective August 18, 2008. Prior to her interim appointment at TVHS, Ms. Cobb served as the Quality Management Officer for the MidSouth Healthcare Network. Ms. Cobb has served as Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services for James H. Quillen VAMC 09/01/05 – 11/04/05, and Acting Director of Huntington VAMC prior to her detail as Interim Associate Director for Nursing at TVHS.
Ms. Cobb previously served as the Total Quality Improvement Coordinator (TQI) at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center where she received two Scissors Awards for reducing the red tape in government. A member of National Association for Healthcare Quality and Ms. Cobb received appointment to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners from 1998 to 2000 and 2002. Ms. Cobb, graduate of Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI), received the national Patient Safety Improvement Award in April 2001. Ms. Cobb has more than 30 years in healthcare with 20 years dedicated to quality improvement.
She received the Federal Women's Program Outstanding Woman of the Year for Community Service, 1996, United Tennessee Veterans Association Outstanding Achievement Award; Technical Category, 1997, Award Nomination: Federal Women's Program Outstanding Woman of the Year for Leadership, 1996.
Ms. Cobb earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at East Tennessee State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Regis University, Bachelor of Science from Milligan College and a Master’s Degree from Tusculum College in Organizational Management. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is a Certified Quality Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).
Ms. Cobb has clinical experience in Critical Care and as relief critical care supervisor. She was an instructor for ACLS from 1985 to 1989 and CCRN from 1
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