Leadership Team - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System

 

Leadership Team

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA, Medical Center Director

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA | 228-523-5766

Medical Center Director

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA, was appointed Medical Center Director for the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System on January 22, 2018. Prior to arriving in Biloxi, Mr. Matthews was the Director for Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. Mr. Matthews prior experience includes serving as the Associate Medical Center Director for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC and the Associate Medical Center Director for the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he served as the Chief Operating Officer charged with day-to-day operations and management of the annual budget, and a number of major medical center operations including Facilities and Environmental Management Services, Human Resource Management, Fiscal, Police and Logistics services to name a few. Mr. Matthews began his VA career at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI, as the Chief of Supply, Processing and Distribution, and later as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director. He then transferred to the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Baltimore, MD, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the 2010 Executive Career Field Career Development Program.


Darren Travis, MHA, Acting Associate Medical Center Director

Darren Travis, MHA

Acting Associate Medical Center Director

In his role as Acting Associate Medical Center Director, Mr. Travis assumes oversight of Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Police, Medical Media, Vet Center, Biloxi Canteen, Fiscal, Human Resource Management and Environmental Management Services. Mr. Travis also will have oversight of Information Security, Privacy, and Office of Information Technology operations. Mr. Travis comes from the South-Central VA Healthcare Network (VISN16) located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Network Director. Having completed assignments as the Acting Assistant Director at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville, Florida) and the Acting Associated Director at the Veteran Health Care System of the Ozarks (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Mr. Travis is excited to join the Gulf Coast VA Health Care System’s team as the Acting Associate Medical Center Director. Prior to his work for VISN16, Mr. Travis served as the Deputy Director for the VHA Office of Medical Staff Affairs. His VA career began in 2006 as a Radiation Therapist at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Throughout his tenure with the VA Mr. Travis has achieved success in various duties and responsibilities to include Quality Education Coordinator for Diagnostic Imaging, Administrative Officer for Pathology and Laboratory Services, Supervisor of Credentialing and Privileging, and the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Mr. Travis is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a 2009 graduate of the VISN16’s Leadership Development Institute and is currently a member of the 2020 VA Healthcare Leadership Development Cohort. He holds an Associate in Radiological Science, a Bachelor Science in Health Science, and a Master’s in Health Administration with a concentration in Informatics. As a VHA certified mentor at the fellowship level, Mr. Travis has served as mentor to VISN16’s Emerging VA Leader’s Program and has championed facility level programs such as School-at-Work (SAW).


Brian H. Foresman, D.O., MS, FACOI, Chief of Staff

Brian H. Foresman, D.O., MS, FACOI

Chief of Staff

In his role as Chief of Staff, Dr. Foresman maintains oversight of the GCVHCS Audiology and Speech Pathology, Academic Affiliations, Behavioral Health, Dental, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Imaging, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Primary Care, Social Work, and Surgery Services. Before this assignment, Foresman most recently served as the El Paso Veterans Health Care System Chief of Staff in El Paso, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Health Informatics Officer for VISN 17 for six years. Foresman has also served as the Director of Health Informatics, Chief Health Informatics Officer and Staff Physician for the Sleep Medicine Program at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System; Medical Director for the Sleep Medicine Program at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center; Physician Informaticist and Sleep Physician at Cascade Healthcare; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine; and Assistant Professor for the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Foresman received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. He also received a Master of Science in Integrative Physiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.


Mark C. Saslo, Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Mark C. Saslo | 228-523-4679

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Dr. M. Christopher Saslo joined the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in July of 2014 as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Saslo was with West Palm Beach VAMC for 18 years where he served as Chief Nurse for Clinical Practice since May 2009. Between May 1998 and May 2009, he was a practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner; and, from May 1996 to September 1998, he served as Primary Care Program Manager. Dr. Saslo has over 30 years of nursing experience with 20 of those years being with VHA. In 1984, Dr. Saslo began his nursing career as an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In 1990, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Marywood University, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, followed by his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1995. He received his Doctor of Nursing Science from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, in 2007. Dr. Saslo is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has been recognized both at the Florida state and local Advanced Practice Nurses Association for his contributions to the profession. He has also worked at the local and national level in HIV and has held a position as the National VA Ethics Advisory Chair for the Clinical Case Registry research program. He is a graduate of the VHA Class of 2013 Health Care Leadership Development Program.


Alicia C Miller, Associate Director for Outpatient Operations

Alicia C Miller | 850-912-2202

Associate Director for Outpatient Operations

Ms. Miller has more than 14 years of VHA experience. Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Health Systems Specialist in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in VISN 7. Ms. Miller started her VA career in the Graduate Health Administrative Trainee Program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, followed by the Health Systems Management Trainee Program in VISN 18. She has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director in Augusta, Georgia; 10N Liaison in VA Central Office; Lead Consultant in the Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance Improvement, and Deployment (RAPID); Operations Manager for Geriatrics and Extended Care and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Wichita, Kansas; as well as Administrative Officer for Community Outpatient Clinics in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Miller has held multiple leadership and program management roles. Her experiences include: program management and oversight of the VISN 7 SAIL program, My HealtheVet Program, Clinical Executive Training Program, Clinical Consultant Program, and Administrative Officer Academy. She has also served on the National VA-DOD Mental Health Workgroup and as a VA-DOD Liaison responsible for the management of an interagency sharing agreement and Joint Incentive Funds. Additionally, Ms. Miller has assisted with the implementation of Telehealth and Rural Health programs. She has also facilitated the building and management of Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Ms. Miller, a proud graduate of THE University of Oklahoma, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sports Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a 2017 graduate of the VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program.