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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Bryan C. Matthews, MBA

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.

Portrait of M. Christopher Saslo,DNS,ARNP-BC,FAANP

M. Christopher Saslo,DNS,ARNP-BC,FAANP | 228-523-4679

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Dr. M. Christopher Saslo joined 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 LPN. In 1990, he received his BSN from Marywood University, in Scranton, PA, followed by his MSN from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1995. He received his Doctor of Nursing Science from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 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.

Portrait of Wm. Gregory Puckett, MHA, FACHE

Wm. Gregory Puckett, MHA, FACHE | 228-523-5724

Associate Medical Center Director

Prior to his appointment as Associate Medical Center Director, Mr. Puckett served as Associate Director, Alaska VA Healthcare System.

Mr. Puckett's career also includes service as the Regional Operations Director/Group Facility Administrator, DaVita Hospital Services, Tampa, Florida; Director, Healthcare/Long-term Care Management, Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, Largo, Florida; as well as service in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Mr. Puckett is an experienced Healthcare Executive. He has expertise in the areas of Strategic Planning, Operations, Finance, Managed Care, Contracting, and new Facility Construction/Start-Up.

At the Alaska VA Healthcare System, he led collaborative efforts to develop and implement 26 managed care Sharing Agreements with Native Healthcare Organizations. Dramatically increased healthcare access for rural Alaska enrollees, added $9 million annually to the facility budget.

At DaVita Hospital Services, he developed a new contract with a multi-facility healthcare system which lead to additional revenues of $6.8 million.

At the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, he provided expert oversight of operations which garnered the prestigious "Gold Seal" award for excellence in operations; one of only eleven facilities state-wide (Florida) to receive this recognition. Additionally, he opened a new facility and negotiated and acquired $22 million dollars to build and open two additional 120 bed facilities which doubled system bed capacity in only three years.

Mr. Puckett is a native of Dallas, Texas. He received a MHA in Health Services Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Puckett is a Board Certified Healthcare Executive, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Adam G. Bearden, MBA, FACHE

Adam G. Bearden, MBA, FACHE | 850-912-2202

Associate Director for Outpatient Operations

Adam G. Bearden joined the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in June 2017. Mr. Bearden provides executive oversight of all operations at five community based outpatient clinics at five locations: Biloxi, MS; Mobile, AL; Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City, FL. In addition, he provides oversight of the Prosthetics service and the Compensation and Pension service.

Before joining the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Adam was a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Air Force for almost 25 years. He served in 31 different positions at 14 different locations and is a three-time graduated commander. Mr. Bearden completed his military career as the Deputy Group Commander at Keesler Medical Center, July 2017. Mr. Bearden is an expert in health care governance, resource management, DoD/VA joint ventures, logistics, information systems, and operational excellence.

Mr. Bearden is a graduate of Loyola University, earning a Master of Business Administration and is also board certified, Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executive (FACHE) and is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional (CMRP).

Portrait of Reginald Labossiere, MD, FACP, FACN

Reginald Labossiere, MD, FACP, FACN |

Chief of Staff

Dr. Reginald Labossiere joined Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in January 2018 as the Medical Center Chief of Staff. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Labossiere was with New Orleans VAMC for 14 months where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Clinical Operations, a Nutrition Support Team physician and Acting Chief of Dermatology.

He was at the Carl Vinson VAMC in Dublin, Georgia from December 2013 to November 2016 where he held several positions including Acting Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care. He also served as Acting Chief of staff in Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center from October 2016 to December 2016. Dr. Labossiere’s extensive VA career has taken him to Audie L. Murphy VA in San Antonio, Texas, Hines VA in Hines, Illinois, and Oklahoma VAMC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Dr. Labossiere began his medical career at medical school at the Faculte de Medicine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from October 1988 to October 1994. He completed residencies from October 1995 to June 2003 at University Hospital in Haiti, Metropolitan Medical Center in New York, New York, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and a Nutritional Clinical Fellowship at Columbia University in New York from June 2004 to June 2006 followed by a Geriatric Fellowship at Loyola University in Maywood, Illinois from August 2006 to August 2007.

Dr. Labossiere academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane University , as well as former assistant professor positions at Loyola University, Oklahoma University and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio