Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
J.Thomas Hardy, D.O. | 937-262-2114
Interim Medical Center Director
Dr. Hardy was appointed Interim Medical Center Director on October 29, 2017. Before his appointment, he served five years as the Chief of Staff at Dayton VAMC. Prior to coming to the Dayton VAMC, Dr. Hardy served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs of Grandview Hospital and Medical Center located in Dayton, Ohio. He 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.
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.
William J Germann, MD, MBA | 937-268-6511 x2106
Acting Chief of Staff
Dr. William Germann currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Dayton VAMC. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Dayton VAMC’s Chief of Medical Service, providing professional oversight for a broad spectrum of medical specialties and inpatient activities managed by staff physicians and affiliated medical fellows, residents and students. Dr. Germann joined the VA full-time in March 2009, as the Chief, Primary Care Service at the Dayton VAMC. Dr. Germann has also served as the Executive Director of the Calamityville project at the National Center for Medical Readiness, Wright State University, Dayton OH, from Feb 2008 – Mar 2009.
Dr. Germann was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and graduated from the College of St. Thomas with a degree in biology and as a distinguished graduate from the college's ROTC Program. He was commissioned into the Air Force in May 1978. He subsequently went to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he earned his doctor of medicine degree. He completed his internship and residency in family practice at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center at Andrews.
Dr. Germann served over 29 years in the United States Air Force. His assignments included clinical tours at Geilenkirchen Air Base, West Germany and Offutt AFB, NE. He held numerous leadership positions within the Air Force Medical Service. Dr. Germann retired from the Air Force on Jan 1, 2008.
Dr. Germann is married to Marianne J. Baird and they have three adopted Korean children: Jacqueline (27), Alex (25) and Matthew (23).
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.