Montana VA Health Care System
Dr. Kathy Berger, MHA, DNP | 406-447-7301
Dr. Kathy Berger was appointed as the permanent director of Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on Oct. 28, 2016. She had served as the interim director for MTVAHCS since June 23.
Dr. Berger joined the Sheridan VAHCS, Dec. 2, 2013 as the Assoc. Director Patient Care Services. She was appointed as the Sheridan Director, July 12, 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Berger served as the Chief of Quality, Performance & Patient Safety at the Lexington, KY VAMC.
Dr. Berger began her nursing career as a staff nurse at a university medical center and has worked in a broad range of healthcare settings, including critical care & 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 Univ., a Masters in Healthcare Admin. from California College of Health Sciences and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Univ. of Kentucky. Professional Affiliations include membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Nurses Assoc.
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 VA.
VACANT | 406-447-7301
Chief of Staff
Anthony Giljum | 406-447-7301
Mr. Anthony Giljum was appointed as the permanent associate director (AD) for Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) on Feb. 5, 2017. He had served as the interim AD for MTVAHCS since Nov. 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 to improve administrative efficiency and clinical outcomes. Mr. Giljum holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology as well as multiple commercial certifications in information technology, information security, and process improvement. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and International Information System Security Certification Consortium. Mr. Giljum is an Army Veteran, serving as a Medic from 1994-1998.
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 | 406-373-3940
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.
Marilyn Lajoie, MD | 406-447-7301
Deputy Chief of Staff