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VA Portland Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Michael W. Fisher

Michael W. Fisher | 503-273-5247


Michael W. Fisher was appointed as Director of VA Portland Health Care System in July 2016. His previous position was as Director of VA Long Beach Healthcare System for approximately two years, and prior to that he was the Deputy Network Director for VA NW Health Network (VISN 20), a position he was appointed to in March 2008. In that role, based out of Vancouver, Wash., Mr. Fisher oversaw the administration functions of the VISN, a system of 8 medical centers and 31 clinics in a four state region. He had also served as VISN 20 Chief Financial Officer from May 2006 to March 2008.

Mr. Fisher has over 20 years of federal government experience. He began his VA career as an accounting technician and spent thirteen years at the New Orleans VA Medical Center in a variety of positions to include Chief Financial Officer. In this role he received numerous commendations from the network, particularly in recognition of his accomplishments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

During his federal tenure, he has gained direct experience in all aspects of federal financial systems, as well as revenue, compliance and human resources functions. In 2007, he successfully completed VA’s Health Care Leadership Institute Training, an advanced training program offered to a limited number of future leaders within the organization.

Mr. Fisher received his B.A. in accounting and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification in 1994. He currently serves on a number of national VHA committees and workgroups.

Portrait of Tracye B. Davis

Tracye B. Davis | 503-721-1014

Deputy Director

Tracye B. Davis was appointed Deputy Director at VA Portland Health Care System on June 28, 2015. Ms. Davis is responsible for the health care system's administrative operations, resource management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Davis served as Associate Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System from 2013-2015. She also served as the Interim Medical Center Director at VA Long Beach Healthcare System from August through December 2016 and Interim Medical Center Director at Mann-Grandstaff VA in Spokane, WA from June through December 2017.

Ms. Davis began her VA career in 2004 at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) as a Fellow of the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program working primarily in the areas of quality management, patient safety, cultural transformation for dementia care, and compliance/business integrity. After her Fellowship in 2005, she became the Compliance Officer at VAPHS, a position she held until relocating to Arlington, Texas in 2007 as the Strategic Planning Program Specialist for VISN 17. In 2008, Ms. Davis became the Executive Assistant to the Director at VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), serving in that capacity for approximately five years. During her tenure at the VANTHCS, Ms. Davis also held interim roles as the Public Affairs Officer and Chief for a 224-bed Domiciliary.

Ms. Davis is a board-certified health care executive and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a graduate of VA's 2011 Health Care Leadership Development Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Portrait of Bernard G. Deazley

Bernard G. Deazley | 503-402-2999

Assistant Director

Bernard G. Deazley, IV was appointed as the Assistant Director VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in January 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Deazley served as the Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff at VAPORHCS. Mr. Deazley joined the VA through the student studies program following graduate school. During his VA tenure, Mr. Deazley has held positions of progressive responsibility in research and development, primary care, mental health, operative care and the executive staff. Mr. Deazley has also served at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Mr. Deazley is a graduate of the Annenberg Leadership Institute and VHA’s Healthcare Leadership Develop Program. Mr. Deazley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) and earned his Master of Public Administration degree at the Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon).

Mr. Deazley is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Sahana Misra | 503-273-5005

Acting Chief of Staff

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David Kagen | 503-273-5005

Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Portrait of Kathleen M. Chapman

Kathleen M. Chapman | 503-273-5247

Deputy Director for Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

Kathleen Chapman was appointed Chief Nurse Executive for the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) on April 28, 1996. She is responsible for the professional practice of 950 nursing staff at all 12 VAPORHCS facilities, as well as Critical Care, Emergency, and Acute Care, Emergency Medical Services, Critical Care Medicine, Nursing Professional Services, Nursing Research, Escort, IV and PICC Teams, Utilization Review, Imaging, & Lab. Funded by the Primary Care Program Office, she served a 15-month detail in Washington, DC as the Nursing Program Manager for the national development of the VHA PACT Model.

In 2006, 2010 and 2015, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded VAPORHCS its highest honor, the Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing. Portland was the third VA to receive this four-year designation, an achievement attained by only 3% of all American hospitals. Prior to her current position, Ms. Chapman served in eight private sector community, urban, and academic medical centers. She has held a number of progressively complex management, administrative, and executive positions, having been in Chief Nurse Executive positions since 1988.

Ms. Chapman received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1975 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1977, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Board Certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced, holds Board Certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is a certified VHA Mentor Fellow and serves on national VHA and professional committees. She has held membership on Oregon and VHA ACHE Regent’s Advisory Boards, having received Service Awards and the VHA Regent’s Award for Senior Leadership.

Ms. Chapman’s appointments include Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University, Adjunct Faculty at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and she is an ANCC Magnet Appraiser.

Portrait of Jenny Richardson

Jenny Richardson | 503-220-8262, Ext. 57203

Acting Deputy Chief Nurse Executive