Leadership Team - VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network
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VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network


Leadership Team

Michael W. Fisher, Network Director

Michael W. Fisher | 562-826-5963

Network Director

Mr. Michael Fisher was appointed as the Network Director, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), 22 effective September 14, 2018. Mr. Fisher has executive oversight of eight VA Health Care systems and 65 community clinics in Arizona, Southern California and New Mexico, and manages an operating budget in excess of $ 5.6 billion. Since 2016, Mr. Fisher has served as Medical Center Director of VA Portland Healthcare System with responsibility for overseeing the VA Portland Healthcare System and ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics that provide care to over 90,000 Veterans, an operating budget of $900 million, and more than 4000 employees. Mr. Fisher served as Medical Center Director of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in Southern California from 2014 – 2016, Prior to that assignment, he held the position of Deputy Network Director of the VA Northwest Healthcare Network where he developed a comprehensive rural health care plan, a financial infrastructure that provided standardized accounting and budgeting processes, and established an organizational structure with data tools to strengthen operational knowledge and efficiencies. Mr. Fisher has been employed by the Veterans Health Administration since 1993. Mr. Fisher received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of New Orleans, achieving Certified Public Accountant designation in 1994. Mr. Fisher graduated from the Health Care Leadership Institute in 2007.

Terri Elsholz, RN, MSN, Quality Management Officer

Terri Elsholz, RN, MSN | 480-397-2700

Quality Management Officer

Terri Elsholz serves as the Acting Quality Management Officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 22. She has responsibility for eight VA health care systems' and 65 community clinics' quality management programs. Ms. Elsholz has more than 35 years' VA experience in nursing administration and quality management. Prior to her current role, she held the position of VISN 22 Deputy Quality Management Officer and, preceding her arrival at the VISN, served as Chief of Organization Performance Improvement at a federal health care center. Ms. Elsholz' career with VA began at the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Health Care System in nursing administration. Her passion for quality nursing care is her guiding light and beacon for achieving and sustaining quality patient outcomes. Ms. Elsholz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from St. Francis University, and her Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1998.

Janine Genovese, Network Chief Financial Officer

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.