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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Leadership Team

Portrait of Glenn Costie

Glenn Costie | 937-262-2114

Medical Center Director

Mr. Glenn Costie is currently serving in the Senior Executive Service as the Medical Center Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC), Dayton Ohio. As Director, he is responsible for providing care for more than 38,000 Veterans and their families in a sixteen (16) county area in Ohio, and one (1) county in Indiana. The facility resides on a 382-acre campus with a co-located VA National Cemetery.

Mr. Costie began his VA career as a Technical Career Field graduate engineer trainee in 1984 at the VAMC in Martinsburg, WV. He served as the Chief, Engineering Service at the Cleveland VAMC for more than 15 years. While at Cleveland, he managed the most complex construction program in the country valued at more than $750 million. His efforts resulted in the successful closure and consolidation of two campuses, construction of a large CBOC in Parma, OH and a major 500,000sf clinical addition to Cleveland. Mr. Costie served as the Associate Director at the VA Maryland Health Care System from 2006 until his appointment to the John J. Pershing VAMC in September 2009.

Mr. Costie serves his local community through active participation with American Veteran Heritage Center Board, Habitat for Humanity Board, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), Day Air Credit Union Board, Dayton Arcade Task Force, and Executive Committee Member for Homeless Solutions Policy Board. Mr. Costie is also a member of the VA’s Regional (VISN 10) Workforce Development Committee and the VA Secretary’s History and Archival Working Group. He also serves as a coach/faculty for the Health Care Leadership Development Institute and Chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives VA Regent Advisory Council Awards Committee.

He is a native of Harrisonburg, Virginia and has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is married and enjoys golf, reading history, touring historic locations, and working on home improvement projects.

Portrait of Jennifer DeFrancesco, DHA, MS

Jennifer DeFrancesco, DHA, MS | 937-268-6511 x2163

Acting 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 James T Hardy, DO

James T Hardy, DO | 937-268-6511 x2106

Chief of Staff

Dr. Hardy was appointed Chief of Staff on October 8, 2012. Prior to his selection as the Chief of Staff at Dayton VAMC, Dr. Hardy served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs of Grandview Hospital and Medical Center located in Dayton, Ohio.

He oversaw the medical center's largest ambulatory clinic, the cardiovascular service line, the behavioral health service line, performance improvement and clinical quality, case management, utilization review, hospital accreditation and medical staff affairs.

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 101st Airborne Division 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 Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician. He also serves as a Board Member on Wright State University School of Professional Psychology and the Governor's Medicare & Medicaid Advisory Committee.

Dr. Hardy and his wife, Victoria Nilles, have two adult children not living at home, and reside in Montgomery County.

Portrait of Penelope Gorsuch, DNP

Penelope Gorsuch, DNP | 937-267-3970

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.