Leadership Team - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


Leadership Team

Melissa Sundin, Interim Director

Melissa Sundin | 813-972-7536

Interim Director

Melissa Sundin is the Associate Director, having assumed the duties of the office in August 2016 and is currently serving as the Interim Deputy Director. As the Associate Director, Ms. Sundin joins the Medical Center Director in overall management efforts with the responsibility for administrative and facility decisions delegated to her. She is involved in budget formulation and execution, staffing, facility planning, patient care services and physical security of the medical center. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sundin served as the Associate Medical Center Director for the Erie, Pennsylvania, VA Medical Center since August 2008 and as Interim Director from November 2015 to June 2016. She also served as Vice President of Facilities Management at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Her VA career began in 1987 at the Lexington, Kentucky VA Medical Center as an Industrial Engineer in the Director’s Office. Ms. Sundin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

David J. VanMeter , Deputy Director

David J. VanMeter | 813-972-7626

Deputy Director

David VanMeter was appointed as the Deputy Director of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics in January of 2016 after serving as the Associate Director since March 2013. Prior to his transfer to Tampa, Mr. VanMeter served as the Assistant Director of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, a level 1c complexity cardiothoracic and endovascular referral center for VISN15. He has served VA in various capacities of increasing supervisory and fiscal responsibility for thirteen years and his experience spans diverse operations and services. Mr. VanMeter is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of the LVA Class of 2016, Executive Career Field Development Program, VHA New Executive Training Program, Health Care Leadership Institute and GHATP Health Systems Management Program. He was recognized for his dedication, response, and recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina by the Department of Veterans Affairs and South Central VA Health Care Network in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2012 ACHE Federal Sector Award for Federal Excellence in Healthcare Management for Early-Career Healthcare Executives.

Colleen E. Jakey, M.D. FACS, Chief of Staff

Colleen E. Jakey, M.D. FACS | 813-972-7537

Chief of Staff

Dr. Colleen E. Jakey was named Chief of Staff at James. A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in May 2018 after having been the acting Chief of Staff since the previous November. She has served at JAHVH since July 2013 as the assistant chief of surgery and section chief for general surgery, and as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Deputy Chief of Staff. She is also an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Associate Program Director in Surgery for the General Surgery residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Jakey is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Jakey earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Philadelphia, PA in 1991 and her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD in 1995. In 2002, she completed General Surgery residency with an integrated, two-year research fellowship studying inflammatory mediators in acute pancreatitis at the University of South Florida. After finishing residency, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the USF Department of Surgery, practicing Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery at Tampa General Hospital. She began her VA career at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System as a General Surgeon and Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit in November 2004 and in June 2010 was appointed Assistant Chief of Surgery at Bay Pines. Dr. Jakey is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is currently on staff as a General Surgeon at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics.

Andrew Sutton, Interim Associate Director

Andrew Sutton | 813-972-7626

Interim Associate Director

Mr. Andrew Sutton, Chief, Human Resources, is currently the Acting Interim Associate Director.

Laureen Doloresco, Associate Director, Patient Care / Nursing Services

Laureen Doloresco | 813-979-3654

Associate Director, Patient Care / Nursing Services

Ms. Doloresco is the Associate Director, Patient Care/Nursing at the JAHVH. Ms. Doloresco previously served as the Chief Nurse for Spinal Cord Injury/Rehabilitation at Tampa. Currently, she is responsible for approximately 1,600 employees in all health care settings, including hospital service, Sterile Processing and Supplies, long-term care, home care, Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma/Rehabilitation/Transitional Care, Psychiatry, Domiciliary and Outpatient services. Ms. Doloresco received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Akron, Ohio, in 1975, and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1985. Her 35-year nursing career includes direct care and executive leadership. She was elected as the president of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses and was selected as a member of the first national Spinal Cord Nursing Certification Board. She is currently a member of the VA Nursing Polytrauma Rehabilitation Field Advisory Group, the VA Polytrauma Nurse Executive Group, and the College of Nursing Advisory Board at the University of Tampa.

Nina Thomas, MBA, RHIA, Interim Assistant Director

Nina Thomas, MBA, RHIA | 813-972-2000 Ext. 5160

Interim Assistant Director

Nina Thomas began her appointment at James A. Haley in 2005 as Chief, Health Information Management. Prior to her employment with the VA, she held positions in non-traditional HIM settings, including Director of HIM and Privacy at LifePath Hospice and Quality Improvement Manager for United Healthcare. She has had an extensive career focused on health information services and quality improvement, including serving as an Adjunct Instructor and Advisory Board member of Hillsborough Community and St. Petersburg College. She currently serves on the Health Information and Informatics Advisory Board for Florida A&M University and VISN 8 HIM Chiefs Council. Ms. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Florida A&M University and a Master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare from Ashford University.