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VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network


Leadership Team

Portrait of Robert M. Smith, M.D.

Robert M. Smith, M.D. | 858-642-3201

Acting Network Director

Dr. Smith, a San Diego native, was appointed as the VA San Diego Healthcare System Director July 24, 2016. He has been associated with the San Diego VA since the time of his residency training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and has held a range of leadership roles including Director of Medical Critical Care, Associate Chief of Staff for Healthcare Analysis, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, and Chief of Staff.

A graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering and of McGill University School of Medicine; Dr. Smith went on to complete residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD. He subsequently did specialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSD and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. Dr. Smith is Professor of Medicine at UCSD, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a graduate of the 2010 VA Health Care Leadership Institute and the 2012 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives.

Dr. Smith has been heavily involved in clinical informatics throughout his career and also serves on the VA Information Technology Committee and on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange.

Portrait of Randy Quinton

Randy Quinton | 562-826-5963

Deputy Network Director

Randy Quinton was appointed Deputy Network Director of VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) in September 2013. In this role he has responsibility for the eight Network healthcare systems providing care to 1.2 million Veterans living in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Prior to this role, he served as Network Chief Information Officer for VISN 22 under the Office of Information and Technology.

Mr. Quinton previously served in variety of Office of Information Technology leadership positions, including acting Regional Director and Facility Chief Information Officer for VA Sepulveda and VA West Los Angeles. He began his VA career as a graduate of the VA Clinical Engineering training program and subsequently served as a supervisory Biomedical Engineer for thirteen years before moving into IT. He has served on national workgroups and projects both as an engineer and IT professional.

Mr. Quinton has undergraduate degrees in Journalism from the University of Tulsa and Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the Azusa Pacific University. He has 29 years of VA experience.

Portrait of Araceli Revote

Araceli Revote | 480-397-2777

Chief Medical Officer

Araceli Revote, M.D., MPH, serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 22 operating in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California as well as a small area in Colorado. The network provides healthcare related services to nearly 514,740 Veterans through an integrated system of 8 hospitals, of which 7 are complexity level 1 facilities and (1) is a complexity level 3, 14 Multi-Specialty CBOCs, 40 Primary Care CBOCs, 13 Other Outpatient Services, and 2 Residential Care Sites.

Dr. Revote has over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience to include clinical leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care, South Texas Veterans Health Care System and Chief of Staff at Robert J Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, KS. She is a graduate of the Manila Central University College of Medicine, Philippines in 1990 and completed Internal Medicine residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston. She is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Portrait of Jimmie Bates

Jimmie Bates | 562-826-5963

Quality Management Officer

Jimmie Bates was appointed Quality Management Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) effective November, 2013. Previously, Ms. Bates was the Quality Management Officer (QMO) at the VA Heartland Network (VISN 15) and has held a wide variety of nursing positions with progressive responsibility at VHA and private healthcare organizations.

Ms. Bates began her VA Nursing Career as a staff nurse at the Long Beach Healthcare System and Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (Prescott, AZ) in 1987. Her nursing experience includes staff nurse in Medical/Surgical, ICU, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Ms. Bates has also held a number of Management positions including Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Manager, Nurse Manager, Nursing Education Manager, Risk Manager and Quality Programs Manager. Prior to assuming the responsibilities of the VISN 15 QMO, she was the Quality Manager at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, Arizona. Ms. Bates has also enjoyed the opportunity of assuming Acting Leadership positions as Associate Director of Patient Care Services at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System and Quality Management Officer for the Southwest Health Care Network (VISN 18).

Ms. Bates obtained her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from Point Loma College in 1975, and a Master in Science of Nursing from University of Phoenix in 1998. She maintains certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM). Ms. Bates is a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) in 2013.

Portrait of Janine Genovese

Janine Genovese | 562-826-5963

Network Chief Financial Officer

Janine Genovese is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. Ms. Genovese assumed her current position in January of 2009. As Network 22 CFO, she is responsible for the $2.2 billion General Purpose budget. Ms. Genovese oversees the allocation and execution of these budgetary funds throughout the Network. Network 22 serves Veterans in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Ms. Genovese is responsible for ensuring financial viability as well as for ensuring expenditures match resource allocation for each of the facilities and its combined 29 community based outpatient clinics.

Before Ms. Genovese’s current position, she held the position as Assistant CFO at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS). As Assistant CFO, Ms. Genovese was responsible for the VALBHS’s financial and budgetary operations, which exceeded $300 million. Prior to that, Ms. Genovese was the facility budget analyst at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

Ms. Genovese is participating in the Healthcare Leadership Development Institute. Additionally, she was a member of the Financial Management Advisory Council, which supports the Veterans Health Administration on a nation-wide level. She is also a member of the triad for the Network 22 Administrative Services Council. Currently, Ms. Genovese has 14 years of service with the Department of Veterans Affairs and completed the Network 21/22 Leadership Development Institute in 2006. Ms. Genovese received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach in 2009.