Leadership Team - Montana VA Health Care System
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Montana VA Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Dr. Judy Hayman, Director

Dr. Judy Hayman | 406-447-7536


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 38,000 enrolled Veterans across 17 sites of care statewide including: one hospital at Fort Harrison, one Health Care Center, 14 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, one Primary Telehealth Outpatient Clinic, a 30-bed Community Living Center, and a Sleep Disorders Center. Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (VAMC) has 29 authorized/18 operational beds for 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.

James Paul C Maganito DO, MPH, MHA, CHES, CIS, FACOOG, Chief of Staff

James Paul C Maganito DO, MPH, MHA, CHES, CIS, FACOOG | 406-447-7301

Chief of Staff

Dr. JP Maganito was appointed Chief of Staff on July 21, 2019. He originally joined the Montana VAHCS, in 2012, serving as the Staff Gynecologist and Occupational Health Medical Officer and he became the Women’s Health Medical Director until 2015. After finishing his internship and residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan in 2009, he became and has maintained his board certification with the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. While earning his doctorate, he simultaneously finished his Masters in Public Health and Masters in Healthcare Administration at Des Moines University College of Health Sciences – Division of Health Management. He’s also certified as a health education specialist and computer information specialist. He left the VA in 2015 in pursuit of subspecialty training as a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow with plans to return to the VA to apply this training in serving the Women Veterans. He has spent the past few years as a lead Medical Director and became the Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. He is a graduate of the Montana Medical Association Physician Leadership Effectiveness Program in 2016 and was recently accepted as a fellow for the American Hospital Insurance Plan Physician Executive Leadership Program for 2020.

Vicki Thennis, RN, MSN, MHA, Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS)

Vicki Thennis, RN, MSN, MHA | 406-447-7304

Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS)

Ms. Thennis has worked at the Montana VA Health Care System since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing from Carroll College and a Master’s degree in Nursing and Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Thennis started her VA nursing career in the Outpatient/Urgent Care area then moved into Clinical Care Coordination and Occupational Health. She transitioned into an administrative role as the facility Risk Manager in 2008 followed by serving as the Chief of Quality Management since August 2010. Prior to her VA career Ms. Thennis worked in pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, children’s acute psychiatric care, chemotherapy, home infusion, marketing, and home oxygen and respiratory care. Ms. Thennis’ s professional development includes obtaining a master certificate in lean enterprise for healthcare six sigma green belt, lean six sigma, essentials of business intelligence and project management in healthcare from Villanova University. She has received training in Leaders Developing Leaders, Just Culture, Conflict Resolution, High Reliability, Group Facilitation, Servant Leadership, and Own the Moment. Ms. Thennis received the Nursing Excellence Award in 2008 and became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success at the University of Phoenix in 2020.

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).