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VA Caribbean Healthcare System

 

Leadership Team

Portrait of Antonio Sanchez, MD, MHSA, FAPA, FACHE

Antonio Sanchez, MD, MHSA, FAPA, FACHE | (787) 641-7582

Acting Director

Dr. Antonio Sánchez was appointed Chief of Staff of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico effective June 2011.

Having served as Acute Care Line Supervisor of the Mental & Behavioral Healthcare Services from January 2001 to June 2006; as Chief, Psychiatry Service from June 2006 to July 2009; Deputy Chief of Staff from July 2009 to September 2009; Interim Chief of Staff from September 2009 to June 2011; Dr. Sánchez brings broad experience and knowledge in development, health care administration and supervision.

He has a Specialty in Psychiatry and has a board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2005. He is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine and obtained postgraduate training in Psychiatry on 1998. Dr. Sanchez also possesses a Masters in Healthcare Services Administration (MHSA) from de School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico and became fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE) being one of the very few physicians with such certification in the USA.

Dr. Sanchez is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) for his accomplishments in the Psychiatry field. He maintain a fully and unrestricted licensed to practice Medicine and Healthcare Administration in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Sanchez began his VA career at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System as staff Psychiatrist in August 2000, is a 2004 graduate of the CDL program and also a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI) in 2012.

During the years that Dr. Sánchez was Chief of Psychiatry Service, he was able to implement several Mental Health initiatives, improve access and was able to establish the foundation to expand more programs for the Veterans in the Organization.


Portrait of Nayda T Ramirez-Garcia

Nayda T Ramirez-Garcia | (787) 641-7582 Ext. 35916

Deputy Director

Ms. Nayda Ramirez-Garcia was appointed as the Deputy Director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in July of 2014. Previous to her appointment, Ms. Ramirez-Garcia served as the Associate Director for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a VHA Certified Mentor Fellow; possesses the Certificate of Competency Development for Leaders in the 21st Century and Certificate of Management Development Program. Mrs. Ramirez-Garcia’s VA career spans over 30 years where she has advanced to progressive leadership positions from Health System Specialist, Staff Assistant to the Director, Associate Director, and now as Deputy Director. She has provided high-level analytical support on administrative issues and advice on administrative strategic planning matters. Her role has been critical in serving as a liaison between the clinical and administrative operational programs.

Ms. Ramirez-Garcia provides valuable insight in the areas of; personnel, administration, budget, financial management, construction projects, procurement/contracting, property equipment management and supply systems. The successful activations of major projects such as the Outpatient Addition and the South Bed Tower are among the most significant accomplishment of Mrs. Ramirez.


Portrait of William Acevedo

William Acevedo | (787)641-7582 x 35935

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. William Acevedo was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the VA Caribbean Health Care System (VACHS) on November 13, 2016.

Dr. Acevedo is a physiatrist who graduated from the VACHS Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency program in 1991. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

He held the position of Associate Chief of Staff for Rehabilitation at the VA Caribbean HealthCare System for 19 years.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Acevedo established the Polytrauma Network System program, Amputation System of Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in which the VACHS received the Certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

He is an Ad-Honorem Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and was also the VACHS Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Director from 1997 until 2007.

He is an active member to the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and served as Chair of the VA Physiatrist Special Interest Group. He is also member of the Puerto Rico Physiatrist Association.


Portrait of Iris S Hernandez

Iris S Hernandez | 787-641-7582

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Mrs. Iris S. Hernández was appointed as Associate Director for Patient Care Services of the VA Caribbean Health System in August 20, 2015.

Mrs. Hernández provides oversight and authority for all nursing care, 1400 FTEs, and Sterile Processing Service operations throughout the Medical Center.

Mrs. Hernández directs the practice and operation of professional nursing across multiple environments of care, providing leadership in the development and or implementation of consistent standards of nursing practice throughout areas where nursing care is provided.

Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Hernández performed as Staff Nurse in 1995 to 2000, as Nurse Manager for a Respiratory Isolation Unit from 2000-2010, as Chief Nurse for Operations from 2010 - 2014, and as Deputy Associate Director Patient Care Service from 2014 to present.

Mrs. Hernández earned a Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and a Masters degree in Geriatrics with a role in Administration from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science. She is a 2004 graduate of the Competency Development for Leaders of the 21st Century. She is a champion of shared governance throughout the Institution and facilitating Magnet Nursing principles. Mrs. Hernandez joined the VA system in 1995.


Portrait of Jaime Marrero

Jaime Marrero | (787)641-7582

Associate Director

Engineer Jaime E. Marrero, PE was appointed Associate Director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in July of 2015. Previous to his appointment, Eng. Marrero served as the Chief of Facility Management Service of VACHS.

Eng. Marrero began his VA career in 2003. During his time at VA, he received the VA National Award for “Chief Engineer of the year 2006”. This merit was awarded to Eng. Marrero for a successful construction program on facility improvement to include the San Juan VAMC, multidisciplinary clinics (Ponce and Mayaguez), and the Arecibo, Guayama, Ceiba, St. Thomas and St. Croix outpatient clinics.

Prior to joining the VA, Eng. Marrero served as a Mechanical Engineer at the “Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division” in Indian Head, Maryland from 1991. In 1996, he returned to Puerto Rico where he performed as a Facilities Manager at the Public Works Department in the Naval Security Group Activity, Sabana Seca Naval Station. He also served as the Manager of the Engineering Section at the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. Eng. Marrero received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.