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Portrait of Dr. Kathy Berger, MHA, DNP, RN

Dr. Kathy Berger, MHA, DNP, RN | 406-447-7301

Director

Dr. Kathy W. Berger was appointed as the permanent director of Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on Oct. 28, 2016. She assumed those duties officially Dec. 12. She had served as the interim director for MTVAHCS since June 23.
Dr. Kathy W. Berger joined the Sheridan VAHCS on December 2, 2013 as the Associate Director Patient Care Services (Nurse Executive). She was appointed as the Sheridan Director on July 12, 2015.
Prior to this, Dr. Berger served as the Chief of Quality, Performance and Patient Safety at the Lexington, Kentucky VAMC. Dr. Berger began her nursing career as a staff nurse in a university medical center and has worked in a broad range of healthcare settings, including critical care and medical-surgical units, travel nursing, home health, long term care and ambulatory care clinics. In addition, she has had some unique volunteer experiences as a summer camp nurse and on medical teams in Mexico and Russia.
Dr. Berger holds Associates and Bachelor’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from California College of Health Sciences and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky.
Professional Affiliations include membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Berger is a graduate of Leadership VA (LVA), class of 2012.
Dr. Berger served in the Air Force for nine years, stationed at three bases stateside and was the Officer in Charge while on deployment to Saudi Arabia. Upon leaving the Air Force, Dr. Berger joined the VA as a Nurse Manager at the Cincinnati VAMC.


Portrait of William H. Campbell, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE

William H. Campbell, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE | 406-447-7301

Interim Chief of Staff

Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL in 1982 and subsequently completed an internship in surgery.

Dr. Campbell received his Master of Business Administration degree in 1990 and worked in the managed care industry from 1996 to 1999 as the Medical Director, Vice President of Medical Management, and then General Manager for a health maintenance organization based in Sarasota, FL.

Dr. Campbell joined the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in 2006 as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, TX, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for almost 3 years. In 2009, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) and Associate Dean for VA Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In May of 2016, he was detailed to the Sheridan VA Medical Center and was serving as their Acting Chief of Staff before being detailed to the Montana VA Health Care System, Sept. 30.

Dr. Campbell is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Integrative Holistic Medicine, and Clinical Informatics. He is also board certified in Medical and Healthcare Management. Dr. Campbell is a Certified Physician Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Campbell has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in medical literature and is a published author in the field of mental health.

Dr. Campbell is a VHA certified mentor (Fellow level) and has served as a coach in the Health Care Leadership Institute and New Executive Training (NExT) Program, a mentor in the Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program, and an instructor in the Health Care Executive Fellows Program.


Portrait of Nina Morris, MSNEd

Nina Morris, MSNEd | 406-447-7301

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

On Jan. 23, 2017, Nina Morris assumed duties as the permanent Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for the Montana VA Health Care System. She had served as the Interim ADPCS since Oct. 4.

Ms. Morris had served as an Associate Chief Nurse of Education and as Manager of the Education Department within Human Resources, Leadership and Education service at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) since 2013. She started her clinical career with the VASLC in 2004 on the Acute Medicine Med-Surgical unit and continued to develop her nursing experience as an RN on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In 2008, Nina joined the Education Department as a Staff Development Coordinator for Medical Informatics and Medical Surgical Education.

Ms. Morris serves as the Chair of Workforce Development and Strategic Planning Committee for the VASLCHCS and has been an active team member of the VISN 19 Workforce Development and Strategic Planning for the last three years. She is currently a Designated Learning Officer (DLO) for VASLC and served as an interim VISN 19 DLO in 2015. She is a certified VA Mentor and has completed White Belt VATAMMCS training. She actively participates in Quality/Process Improvement and Root Cause Analysis projects and serves on multiple interdisciplinary hospital-wide committees.

Ms. Morris’ most recent assignment was as the acting Associate Director of Patient Care Services in Salt Lake City. In this role, she is responsible for the delivery of care to Veterans provided by Nursing, Food and Nutrition, Prosthetics, Sterile Processing, Social Work, Telehealth Care Coordination, Transition Care Management, and Chaplain Service.

Ms. Morris has earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and a Masters in Nursing Education from Westminster College both in Salt Lake City, UT.


Portrait of Anthony Giljum

Anthony Giljum | 406-447-7301

Associate Director

Mr. Tony Giljum assumed duties as the Associate Director for the Montana VA Health Care System on February 5, 2017.

In Nov. 2013, Mr. Giljum assumed duties as the Facility Chief Information Officer at the Sheridan VAHCS. He had served as the Executive Assistant to the Director in Sheridan since March 2016.

Prior to joining the VA, Mr. Giljum spent 15 years supporting Information Management and Information Technology for the Army Medical Command, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and the Tri-Service Information Management Program Office within the Military Health System. Significant projects addressed during these assignments included DOD-VA integration, Electronic Health Record modernization, and standardization of the Military Health System IT networks. Most recently, he provided managerial oversight and technical direction in the provision of Information Technology services for the European Regional Army Medical Command, encompassing 23 medical facilities spanning 3 European nations. The primary focus throughout his career has been to utilize information technology and patient focused decision making in order to improve administrative efficiency and clinical outcomes.

Mr. Giljum holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and multiple commercial certifications in information technology & procurement, information security, and process improvement.

Professional Affiliations include membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

Mr. Giljum is an Army Veteran, serving as a Medic from 1994 to 1998.


Portrait of Kirby Ostler

Kirby Ostler | 406-373-3940

Assistant Director

Mr. Kirby Ostler assumed duties as the Assistant Director for the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on April 30, 2017 and is permanently stationed at the Billings VA Health Care Center (HCC). As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Mr. Ostler has responsibility for direct oversight as the only Executive onsite at Billings, as well as having other responsibilities across the health care system.

Mr. Ostler served as the Human Resources Officer at the Sheridan VA Health Care System (SVAHCS) since January 2015. Prior to that, he was a Human Resources Supervisor and worked in other areas of Human Resources such as Employee Relations, Labor Relations and Staffing.

He began his VA career with the SVAHCS in November 2009 and has held progressively more complex roles during his career. Prior to this, Mr. Ostler was the owner of several businesses, one of which was a helicopter business as helicopter pilot. He also worked for four years with the Department of Defense as an Environmental Protection Specialist in San Diego, CA.

Mr. Ostler proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986 to 1992 as a platoon sergeant, working in the field of radio and satellite communications throughout the world. His permanent duty stations included Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton, CA.

His strong experience in administrative roles, efficient use of resources, and aggressive performance improvements are key assets to organizational success. Mr. Ostler’s priorities include providing high quality patient care, excellent customer service, employee engagement and strengthening relationships with community partners and Veteran Service Organizations.

Mr. Ostler is a native of Wyoming.