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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 (FACHE). 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 serves as the 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 Healthcare Technology Manager who completed her Doctorate in Health Administration in 2016 and has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami (FL).

She is a graduate of the 2015 VHA Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP) and the 2017 VHA Executive Career Development Program (ECDP). Jennifer is a Certified Mentor and was named VHA’s Certified Mentor of the Year in 2016 for her work mentoring VHA personnel in a wide range of programs. She also served as the United States representative to the 2016 World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization’s Leaders in International Health Program. The Dayton Business Journal named her to the 2018 class of Dayton’s “40 under 40” recognizing business leaders in the area.

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 Carolyn Eardley, MSN, RN

Carolyn Eardley, MSN, RN | 937-268-6511 ext. 2850

Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Carolyn Eardley has been appointed as the Acting Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the Dayton VAMC. Ms. Eardley has over 40 years of nursing and leadership experience. Prior to her current role, she served as the Chief, Office of Practice Innovation. She has also served as the Clinical Coordinator, Specialty Care; Nurse Manager, Outpatient Specialty Clinics; and Nursing Instructor at the Dayton VAMC. Prior to her arrival at the Dayton VAMC, she served the VA as Associate Chief Nursing Service/Education in Lake City, FL; nursing instructor in Columbia, MO; and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) staff nurse in Columbia, MO. Prior to her VA service, Ms. Eardley was a staff nurse in the SICU in both San Diego, CA and Kansas City, MO.

Ms. Eardley holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bob, have one adult child and reside in Fairborn, Ohio.