Leadership Team - VA Western Colorado Health Care System
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VA Western Colorado Health Care System


Leadership Team

Richard Salgueiro, Director

Richard Salgueiro | 970-242-0731


Richard W. Salgueiro, FACHE began his service as Director, VA Western Colorado Health Care System on May 26, 2020. Prior to his arrival he served as Interim Medical Center Director, Syracuse VA Medical Center and Associate Director, Canandaigua and Bath VA Medical Centers. Prior to joining the VA he served more than 21 years in the United States Army in a variety of leadership positions to include Deputy Commander for Administration, Department Director, and Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Armed Forces Surgeon General, Multinational Forces Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He held the ranks of Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) and Medical Service Corps Officer. He has attended both the Army Medical Department Basic and Officers Advanced Course, Combined Officers Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. He is a recipient of numerous military medals and commendations. Mr. Salgueiro attended George Washington University, Washington, DC and received a Master’s in Health Systems Administration and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University, Boston, MA. Mr. Salgueiro also attended the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, George Washington University, 2004 and is Board Certified and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Patrick A. Hull, Associate Director

Patrick A. Hull | 970-242-0731

Associate Director

Mr. Hull is the Associate Director for a $132 million annual budget health care system supporting clinical and administrative staff delivery of care. Mr. Hull has been in healthcare industry for over 26 years He began his career in Pathology and Laboratory Service as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). He was promoted to Senior Medical Technologist (MT) managing a multiple-facility laboratory system for the Veterans Affairs/Veterans Healthcare Administration in Columbus and Chillicothe, Ohio. During his career, he has held multiple positions including Regional Healthcare Planning Manager for a five-facility hospital system consisting of two state catchment areas, Med/Surg Business Manager, Public Affairs Officer, Executive Assistant to the Hospital CEO/COO, Capital Assets Manager, Activation/Outfitting Project Manager for a healthcare facility replacement project, and Assistant Director of the Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Most recently, he served as the VHA Activations Program Manager overseeing and managing the annual budget ranging from $600 million-$1.2 billion. He developed tools, training and processes to improve VHA’s activations program and has over 15-years of project management experience. He has extensive experience in hospital planning, design, move planning and execution, managing facility operations, and activation/outfitting projects to replace or expand existing facilities. Mr. Hull is an Ohio native, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Marketing. In addition, he has a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) and is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. He is also certified as Senior Project Manager (FAC-P/PM Senior), Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, and proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Dr. Douglas Rosendale, Chief of Staff

Dr. Douglas Rosendale | 970-242-0731

Chief of Staff

Dr Rosendale is currently the Chief Medical Executive for the Veterans Affairs Western Colorado Healthcare System. He oversees all clinical activities for the main medical center in Grand Junction as well as for the outlying clinics in Western and Northern Colorado as well as South Eastern Utah. He is a board-certified General Surgeon and is Harvard trained in Clinical Informatics. He has earned professional excellence by becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and the American Medical Informatics Association. His career spans both federal healthcare systems including the Indian Health Service and Veterans Affairs as well as private sector roles as an executive leader, practicing surgeon, and health IT architect. Prior to coming back to the VA he worked at the White House level promoting health IT innovation and Interoperability. He had prior roles in VA and DoD as the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for the Interagency Program Office (IPO) striving for modernization of the Electronic Health Record. Additionally, he provided consultation services to numerous Fortune 100 companies including IBM, HP, MITRE, Optum/United Health, and others. His last position was as the Chief Medical Interoperability Officer (CMIO) for Deloitte LLC supporting the information needs of multiple federal and private agencies. He is not only passionate about transforming healthcare with new models of care and leveraging technology, but he has given many conferences and taught masters level courses on the subject. He is also well published in his surgical and informatics domains. Most importantly, he is mission driven to empower Veterans to be at the center of their care and to develop high quality health care systems that are more efficient.

Molly M Bruner, Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Molly M Bruner | 970-242-0731

Associate Director, Patient Care Services

On July 11, 2016, Ms. Molly Bruner started her position as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System (WCHCS). Ms. Bruner has 19 years VA nursing experience. Ms. Bruner has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and her master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1993, Ms. Bruner began her VA career as a Registered Nurse (RN) on the Oncology, Medical, and Chemical Detoxification Unit at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) located in Biloxi, Mississippi. Then, Ms. Bruner served in progressive leadership positions on the Medical Unit, Telemetry Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Emergency Department, Primary Care, and Specialty Clinics. In 2000, she became the Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care and relocated to Pensacola, FL. Ms. Bruner supervised nursing and clerical staff in five clinics located in Gulfport, Mississippi; Biloxi; Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; and Panama City Beach, Florida. In addition, Ms. Bruner served as the Acting Chief Nurse Executive at the GCVHCS for eight months and was responsible for more than 500 nursing service staff. In 2006, Ms. Bruner moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. She served as the Administrator of the Community and Public Health Division in the Wyoming Department of Health. She supervised six sections to include Epidemiology, Immunizations, Maternal and Family Health, Oral Health, Public Health Nursing, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. She was responsible for the oversight of 400 employees located in 23 counties in Wyoming. In 2013, Ms. Bruner returned to the VA to serve as the Nurse Executive for the Greenville VA Health Care Center in North Carolina.