Leadership Team - Montana VA Health Care System
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Leadership Team

Dr. Judy Hayman, Director

Dr. Judy Hayman | 406-447-7536

Director

Dr. Hayman was appointed as the Montana VA Medical Center Director on June 23, 2019. She has direct responsibility for the successful administration of the Medical Center's total financial and personnel resources (an operating budget of over $300 million). The Montana VA serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across 17 sites of care statewide including: one hospital at Fort Harrison, one Health Care Center, twelve Community Based Outpatient Clinics, one Primary Telehealth Outpatient Clinic, one 30-bed Community Living Center, and one Sleep Disorders Center. Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (VAMC) has a 29 authorized/18 operation bed acute care, medical/surgical facility which includes six Intensive Care Unit beds and offers a broad range of acute, chronic, and specialized inpatient & outpatient services for Veterans. Fort Harrison operates a 24-bed residential rehabilitation unit for PTSD and substance abuse treatment. Dr. Hayman served as the Medical Center Director at the Syracuse VAMC from 2017-2019. Prior to that she was the Associate Medical Center Director at the Syracuse VAMC from 2012-2017. She also served as the Behavioral Health Care Line Manager beginning in January 2008 and as the Psychologist in the Polytrauma Program beginning in July 2006. Dr. Hayman is Green Belt certified and achieved fellow status in the VHA Certified Mentor program. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Psychological Association.


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Chief of Staff


Dan Caufield, Associate Director

Dan Caufield | 406-447-7305

Associate Director

Daniel J. Caufield was appointed as the Associate Director (AD) for Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on Nov 18, 2019. Mr. Caufield has 11-years in the Veterans Health Administration with assignments as the Ambulatory Care Operations Director / Group Practice Manager for the Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, which included a three-month detail as Associate Director. Prior to that assignment, he was the Compliance Officer for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and Administrative Officer for Mental Health Care Line. He worked two-and-a-half years as a Health Facilities Surveyor for the State of Alaska after retiring from the United States Air Force. His 26-years in the Air Force included tours of duty in Singapore, Germany, Alaska, Arizona, California, New Hampshire and Saudi Arabia with multiple deployments. Mr. Caufield completed his bachelor’s degree in Science and Master’ Degrees of Arts while on active duty and is currently enrolled at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at ASU. Mr. Caufield is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care (FACHE) and certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC).


Nina Morris, MSNEd, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Nina Morris, MSNEd | 406-447-7301

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Nina Morris was appointed as the permanent Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on Jan. 23, 2017. She had served as the Interim ADPCS since Oct. 4, 2016. Ms. Morris’ previous assignment was as the acting ADPCS at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS). Ms. Morris had served as an Associate Chief Nurse of Education and as Manager of the Education Department at VASLC since 2013. She started her clinical career with the VASLC in 2004 in 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 served 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 & Strategic Planning committee for the last three years. She was the Designated Learning Officer (DLO) for VASLC and served as an interim VISN 19 DLO in 2015. She is a certified VA Mentor and actively participates in Quality/Process Improvement & Root Cause Analysis projects. Ms. Morris has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and a Masters in Nursing Education from Westminster College both in Salt Lake City, UT.


Kirby Ostler, Assistant Director

Kirby Ostler | 406-373-3940

Assistant Director

Mr. Kirby Ostler was appointed as the permanent assistant director of 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 had served as the Human Resources Officer at the Sheridan VAHCS since Jan. 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. 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.