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 Executive 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, Syracuse, 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 rank of Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) as a 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. 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, Massachusetts. 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. 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. 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. Keith Thomas, Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Keith Thomas | 970-242-0731

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Thomas started as the Chief of Surgery at the Grand Junction VAMC/WCHCS January 6, 2020. He is a board-certified general surgeon recently recruited from Blue Mountain Hospital District, a rural eastern Oregon organization. There, he held multiple leadership positions including Chief of Medical Staff, Chief of Surgical Services, Trauma Medical Director, EMS Medical Director and hospital staff surgeon. Originally from Chicago, Thomas did his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. This was followed by Monmouth Medical Center/Jersey Shore University Medical Center surgery residency program of Monmouth County, New Jersey. From there he spent many years in private practice in Capital District, New York. The past 15 years were spent as a rural surgeon and Chief Medical Administrator in rural Grant County, Oregon. Thomas is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has held leadership positions both locally and nationally within the organization and is the immediate Past President of Oregon ACS. He continues as the Oregon ACS Advocacy Chair and representative to the ACS National Health Policy Advocacy Council. Academically, life-long learning is an ongoing goal. As an active member of American Association for Physician Leadership/American College of Physician Executives he earned the degree of Certified Physician Executive and is set to earn an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in 2021. Veteran health care has been a large part of his surgical practice for many years during his time in eastern Oregon. Blue Mountain Surgery was the main practice serving the Veteran’s Choice program of the region. When the Grand Junction position became available, the opportunity to fulfill the desire to serve Veteran needs in a rural setting and expand a medical administrative career became possible. This is what brought him and his wife to the region.

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). 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, 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, 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. 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, 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, 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, Bruner returned to the VA to serve as the Nurse Executive for the Greenville VA Health Care Center in North Carolina.