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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Leadership Team

Portrait of Jill Dietrich, JD, MBA, FACHE

Jill Dietrich, JD, MBA, FACHE | 937-262-2114

Medical Center Director

Jill Dietrich was appointed as Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center effective April 1, 2018.

Prior to her appointment in Dayton, she served as Associate Director at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System since June 2015, where she was instrumental in the facility-wide implementation of LEAN and improvement in quality care while implementing processes to ensure fiscal responsibility.

In 2017, during her tenure in Long Beach, Ms. Dietrich was deployed to the Washington DC VA Medical Center as the Deputy Medical Center Director to correct existing supply shortages and understaffed hospital support services. She has also served in progressively higher leadership roles at VA Medical Centers in Lebanon, PA; Columbus, OH; Columbia, SC; and Chicago, IL.

Ms. Dietrich is an Indiana native earning her BA in Political Science and Psychology from Indiana University and her JD/MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program, the VISN 10 Leadership Development Institute, the Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), Leadership VA (LVA) and the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Ms. Dietrich is board-certified in healthcare management.

Portrait of Jennifer DeFrancesco, DHA, MS

Jennifer DeFrancesco, DHA, MS | 937-268-6511 ext. 1760

Associate Medical Center Director

Dr. Jennifer DeFrancesco currently serves as the Acting Associate Director for the Dayton VA Medical Center. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Chief Biomedical Engineer for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10 serving Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Her duties included coordinating biomedical engineering and healthcare technology management initiatives across the VISN.

Her VA career has included assignments as the Chief of Biomedical Engineering at the Indianapolis VAMC, VISN 11 Lead Biomedical Engineer, Chief of Biomedical Engineering at the Richmond VAMC and a prior detail to the Office of Healthcare Technology Management (10NA9). In these assignments, she worked to partner with Informatics, OHRM and Contracting to develop streamlined processes to improve field efficiency. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Engineering and Certified Healthcare Technology Manager who completed her Doctorate in Health Administration in 2016 and has a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

She is a graduate of the 2015 VHA Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), a Certified Mentor and served as the United States representative to the 2016-2017 World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization’s Leaders in International Health Program. Dr. DeFrancesco mentors individuals in a wide range of VHA programs and in her role as the co-chair for the biomedical engineering recruitment and retention group.

Portrait of J. Thomas Hardy, DO

J. Thomas Hardy, DO | 937-268-6511 ext. 2106

Chief of Staff

Dr. Hardy is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Hardy began his army career as an infantry platoon leader in the famed 101st Airborne Division, and is proud to be an Army Ranger and completed 18 months in Vietnam as an advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit prior to attending medical school in 1976. He completed his internship and family practice residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, Georgia, from 1980-1983. Following his training, he served in leadership positions in both Europe and stateside prior to attending the US Army War College from 1994-1995. Dr. Hardy then commanded Irwin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Riley, Kansas, before retiring with over 20 years of active service.

Dr. Hardy is an affiliate of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician. He also serves as Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs for Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

He and his wife, Victoria Nilles, have two adult children and reside in Oakwood, Ohio.

Portrait of Penelope Gorsuch, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Penelope Gorsuch, DNP, RN, NEA-BC | 937-268-6511 ext. 2918

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Dr. Penelope (“Penny”) F. Gorsuch serves as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services for the facility. Prior to her selection, she served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) with her last assignment as Dean and Chief Nurse, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio.

Penelope received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia, her Master of Science degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Touro University Nevada. In her 28-year military career, she has held numerous clinical and leadership positions as a clinical nursing leader, Medical/Legal Consultant to the Surgeon General, Squadron Commander, Chief Nurse, Deputy Group Commander and Dean.

Dr. Gorsuch completed all levels of Professional Military Education: Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Additionally, she was completed a Medical Fellowship at the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington DC. She holds four national certifications as Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC), Critical Care Registered Nurse-Knowledge (CCRN-K), Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), and Clinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care (CCNS). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has recognized Dr. Gorsuch as a Content Expert in Evidence-based Practice (EBP). She is adjunct facility and serves on the Academic and Strategic Planning Board for Wright-State University College of Nursing. Also, she is on The Ohio State University College of Nursing EBP Strategic Planning Committee.

Penelope is married to Daniel Gorsuch and they have three daughters, Brittany, Elizabeth and Katherine.