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VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network

 

Leadership Team

Steven Braverman, MD, Network Director

Steven Braverman, MD | 310-268-3132

Network Director

Dr. Steven Braverman was appointed as the VISN 22 Network Director effective February 12, 2024. Previously, Dr. Braverman served as the Interim VISN 22 Network Director from May 1, 2023 to February 11, 2024. Dr. Braverman was the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center Director, from September 29, 2019 to April 30, 2023. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Hospital Director of the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital for three years. A native of Baltimore, MD, he retired from the Army on October 31, 2016, after 29+ years of service in the Army Medical Corps as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. Dr. Braverman’s Army leadership assignments include Director (Commander), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Director (Cdr.), Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX, and Director (Cdr.), Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY. Staff positions include Chief Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and Chief, Program Analysis and Evaluation. He deployed to Iraq as the Multi-National Corps–Iraq Deputy Surgeon for Clinical Operations in 2008-2009. Dr. Braverman is Board Certified by the American Board of PM&R and served as an examiner for their oral board certification exam. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Braverman’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. He is a recipient of the “A” designator award for professional expertise, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the General Claire L. Chennault Award for teaching excellence.


Bryan E. Arnette, Deputy Network Director

Bryan E. Arnette | 562-628-7940

Deputy Network Director

Mr. Bryan E. Arnette, FACHE was appointed Deputy Network Director for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network effective March 2022. In this capacity, he has responsibility for executing the network’s $9 Billion budget across eight healthcare systems in Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California. He leads the Network’s healthcare operations including oversight of Capital Assets, Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Prosthetics, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Preparedness. With a team of more than 29,000, the Network serves more than 1.5 million eligible Veterans throughout the region. Mr. Arnette has extensive experience as a healthcare executive having served as Interim Medical Center Director and CEO for both the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System in Prescott, AZ and the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System in Loma Linda, CA. He has served as the Deputy Healthcare System Director for VA Long Beach Healthcare System where he led the organization’s lean transformation and is an experienced healthcare quality professional having served as Chief Quality Officer at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. While there, he led the organization’s Office of Quality, Safety, and Value which included Quality & Patient Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Patient Experience, Process Improvement, and the Office of Education. Mr. Arnette holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, and a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program.


David Keele, Network Chief Financial Officer

David Keele | 562-826-5920

Network Chief Financial Officer

Currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. Responsible for the full range of financial management services for a major VA Medical Center. Served as a Senior Accountant responsible for major functions of the accounting program for the Veterans Health Administration's VISN 22 Network of Medical Centers. School Director of a Marine Corps Formal School leading 132 faculty graduating 600 students annually with a focus on academic, technical, and personal excellence. Seven years experience leading organizations of up to 300 employees with operating budgets up to $600K and over $18 million in assets and facilities. Experienced financial analyst who developed the programming and budgeting (Program Objective Memorandum) for the annual $10-12 billion Marine Corps manpower account (60% of budget) in accordance with Defense Department Financial Management Regulations. Thorough knowledge of and experience with the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution System (PPBES). Trained in Continuous Process Improvement (Lean Six Sigma). Licensed CPA.


Panneer Selvam, Chief Medical Officer

Panneer Selvam

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ayyasamy Panneer Selvam was appointed as the VA Desert Pacific Health Care Network (VISN 22) Chief Medical Officer effective August 28, 2023. Prior to joining VISN 22, Dr. Ayyasamy Panneer Selvam, MD was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for VA Heartland Network (VISN 15), a position he has held from April 2021 to August 2023. Prior to VISN 15 CMO, he served as the Chief of Staff at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Prescott, AZ. Dr. Selvam earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Stanley Medical College, Madras, India and a Doctor of Medicine from the Madras Medical College, Madras, India. He completed residency program in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has over 25 years’ experience in clinical practice, clinical administration and teaching. Dr. Selvam has held leadership positions in the VA with extensive expertise at multiple levels of the organization including at the section, service chief, facility Executive Leadership and VISN Senior Executive Leadership level. He is a 2007 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI). He then served as a coach for HCLI and as a mentor for Executive Career Field (ECF) candidates. Dr. Selvam has received many awards in his career to include: Distinguished Service Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Arizona Chapter; Staff Physician of the Year at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, MO; outstanding teaching awards including Excellence in Clinical Education and Student Teaching Award for Outstanding Clerkship Attending Physician, University of Missouri-Columbia.


Kerri B. Wilhoite, Chief Nursing Officer

Kerri B. Wilhoite

Chief Nursing Officer

Dr. Kerri Wilhoite was appointed as the VISN 22 Chief Nursing Officer effective April 24, 2022. In this new VISN 22 position, Dr. Wilhoite will have oversight of Sterile Processing Service (SPS), VISN Call Center (Administrative, Virtual Care, Nurse Advice Line, and Pharmacy), Nursing Practice of Clinical Resource Hub (CRH), Geriatrics and Extended Care, and Care Coordination and Integrated Case Management. Dr. Wilhoite has been employed by VHA since January 1998 holding a wide variety of clinical and leadership roles. She most recently served as the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (ADPCS/NE). Dr. Wilhoite worked at the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System (NAVAHCS), Durham VAHCS, Washington, DC, and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System during her 20-year VA career. She has been a staff nurse, psychiatric nurse manager, Local Recovery Coordinator, Mental Health Field Advisor, and Associate Chief Nurse at Durham, North Carolina.. Additionally, she has been a strategic partner with stakeholders to improve Veteran outcomes and enhance the workplace for employees across the enterprise. In her current role as ADPCS she collaborates with her peers, in the ELT, to improve Veteran experience, enhance clinical quality outcomes, support clinical staff through a shared governance approach and incorporate the Caring Theory within her division. Dr. Wilhoite received her BSN in 1997, MBA/with a Heath Care Management emphasis in 2005, and DNP in 2014. Her passion for high quality clinical care and leadership is evident through her academic accomplishments and preparations.