Northern Arizona VA Health Care System Announces New Medical Center Director

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Prescott – The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean J. Gurga as the new Medical Center Director effective August 2, 2020. Ms. Gurga has been the Interim Medical Center Director at NAVAHCS since January 2020. Before that, she served as the Associate Director at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System.

“During her tenure in Prescott, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership during the COVID-19 emergency, and I believe she has earned the trust of many internal and external stakeholders,” said Mr. Michael Fisher, VISN 22 Network Director.

Ms. Gurga has over 23 years of VA health care experience in Quality, Ambulatory Care, and Occupational Therapy. She previously served as the Chief, Office of Quality, Safety & Value (QSV) at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In that role, she was responsible for leading the operations and strategic direction for QSV with programmatic responsibilities for Quality & Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Patient Experience, Process Improvement, and the Office of Education.

Ms. Gurga earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from Mills College and her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University-Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

She came to Prescott in January to serve as the Interim Medical Center Director, but she quickly realized she wanted to be the Medical Center Director at NAVAHCS. Ms. Gurga said, “I feel we have an incredibly special mission of caring for all Veterans, including those living in rural areas and on Native American tribal lands.”

NAVAHCS is a Joint Commission-accredited, complexity level three facility serving 29,600 Veterans across Northern Arizona. NAVAHCS provides a continuum of primary and secondary level medical, rehabilitative and long-term care to Veterans residing in northern and central Arizona through its VA medical center in Prescott and 10 outpatient and telehealth clinics. NAVAHCS catchment area covers over 65,000 square miles.


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