Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Jennifer Vedral-Baron, MN, ARNP, NP-C, F |
Health System Director
Ms. Vedral-Baron is a new accession to the Veteran’s Health Administration having recently retired from 30 years of active military service with the United States Navy.
Her most recent assignment was the Director of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA. for which she was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. During her service she was also awarded the Legion of Merit award (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards). She has the distinction of the only US Navy Hospital Commanding Officer to have led her teams to a total of five Military Health System Patient Safety Awards.
Ms. Vedral-Baron was selected as a Fellow by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2011 and has recently been recognized as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She maintains certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.
2014 – 2016 Director, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA
2013 – 2014 Assistant Deputy Chief, Medical Operations, USN Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery, Falls Church, VA
2012 – 2013 Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine National Capital Region,
2010 – 2012 Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL
2008 – 2010 Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL
2007 – 2008 Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General, Washington
2005 – 2007 Executive Assistant to the Commander, National Naval Medical
Center, Bethesda, MD
1996 Masters Adult Health Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
1986 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Suzanne L. Jené, MBA, VHA-CM | 615-225-2530
Deputy Health System Director
Suzanne Jené was appointed Deputy Health System Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) in July 2014, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since July 2012. Jené’s most recent assignment was as the TVHS Interim Health System Director from November 2015 to July 2016 where she was responsible for the oversight of one of the VA’s largest Health Systems.
Ms. Jené previously served as the Associate Director at the Huntington VAMC in West Virginia where she was responsible for overseeing the administration of budgets and the business office, human resources management, capital assets planning, and building and plant management. She also had direct programs responsibility in the areas of education, safety, security, sanitation, and labor-management.
Ms. Jené began her VA career in 1989 as a contract specialist trainee at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla. Over the years, she progressively advanced in her career working in various facilities in California, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Jené earned a Bachelor's degree in Health Services/Business Administration from Point Park University, and a Master's in Business Administration/Health Services from DeVry University. She is a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI) and VHA's Executive Career Field Development course. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Ronnie Smith, MSHA, MBA | 615-873-6972
Ronnie Smith was appointed as Associate Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System on June 26, 2016. Smith had served as Acting Associate Director since January 24, 2016.
Prior to this assignment, Smith served as Assistant Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) since November 16, 2014.
Prior to joining Tennessee Valley, Smith served as the Health Systems Specialist to the Deputy Medical Center Director at the Portland VA Medical Center. At the facility, awarded in 2013 with the Robert W. Carey Award for Excellence, Smith helped oversee the following services: Business Office, Finance, Facilities Management, Environmental Management, Quality and Performance, Human Resources, Voluntary Services, Logistics, Health Information Systems, and Purchased Care. Smith helped improve care to Veterans by implementing multiple Indian and Tribal Health sharing agreements, developing the Veterans Transportation Program in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, expanding radiological services within the medical center, and serving as the facility point of contact for the Affordable Care Act and Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA). During his five years in Portland, Smith also served in roles as Acting Deputy Medical Center Director and Acting Assistant Director.
Prior to transferring to Portland, Mr. Smith served at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia in roles as a Budget Analyst, Business Manager/Project Manager, and Staff Assistant to the Director and Assistant Director.
Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama and Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a graduate of the VA Graduate Healthcare Administrative Training Program and became a certified trainer in Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior.
Andrea Yancey Bates, M.D., FACS, RPVI | 615-873-6969
Acting Chief of Staff
Dr. Andrea Yancey Bates, M.D., FACS, RPVI, was appointed as the TVHS Acting Chief of Staff November 8, 2016. Dr. Yancey Bates is currently the Robley Rex (Louisville) VAMC Deputy Chief of Staff.
Dr. Yancey Bates has been with the Robley Rex VAMC since November 2008. While there, she has served as Deputy Chief of Staff as well as full-time Surgery Attending. Dr. Yancey Bates specializes in Vascular Surgery and has also held a variety of academic appointments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
In addition, Dr. Yancey Bates also volunteered her time in 2011 as a Vascular Surgeon volunteer in the care of wounded coalition forces at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Cynthia L. Johnson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC | (615) 873-6943
Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Prior to joining Tennessee Valley Health Care System as the Associate Director of Patient Care Services, Cynthia L. Johnson served as VISN 9 Quality Management Officer (QMO). As QMO, Ms. Johnson was responsible for providing oversight of all aspects of Quality Management, Process Improvement/Redesign, Performance Management, Patient Safety, Compliance Business Integrity, Ethics, Financial Quality Management, Utilization Management, Accreditation Readiness, Risk Management, and Nursing Liaison across VISN 9 facilities.
Before joining VISN 9, Ms. Johnson served as the Chief of Quality and Performance Management at VA Northern California Healthcare System. Previously, Ms. Johnson served at James A Haley VAMC and Orlando VAMC as the Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care and Surgery. Ms. Johnson began her VA career at the Lexington VAMC where she served in roles such as Patient Safety Manager and Extended Care Coordinator. Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Johnson worked as a Director of Nursing for Life Care Centers of America.
Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from University of Kentucky, holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University and is Board Certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced by ANCC. She completed the VHA ECF/HCLI training program in 2009 and Federal Nurse Executive Institute in 2007.
Marianne M. Myers, MPS, VHA-CM | 615-225-4900
Acting Assistant Director