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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Michael Tadych, FACHE

Michael Tadych, FACHE | 206-277-1340


Michael Tadych was appointed the Director at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) on May 1, 2017, after previously serving as the Acting Director since January 2016 and the Deputy Director as of 2012. Mr. Tadych is responsible for overseeing the highest complexity medical center
in VHA, a two-division facility with seven community-based outpatient clinics. Mr. Tadych began his VA career in May 1996 at the Hines VA Medical Center in Illinois as a Social Work Intern on an inpatient substance abuse unit. In 1999, he moved on to the Grand Junction VA Medical Center,
where he served in a variety of positions that include being the Risk Manager, Patient Safety Manager, Administrative Officer, and the Chief of Clinical Support Service. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, Mr. Tadych went on to get his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Chicago’s Loyola University in 1997. In 2009, he graduated from the VHA Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program and completed the VISN 18/19 Leadership Development Institute in 2003 and the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2007. Mr. Tadych is presently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow of the VHA Mentor Program.

Portrait of Douglas Galuszcka

Douglas Galuszcka | 206-277-6135

Acting Deputy Director

Douglas H. Galuszka was appointed as the Acting Deputy Director for VAPSHCS on November 4, 2018, after previously serving as the VA Puget Sound Patient Experience Officer since 2017. He is in his 25th year as a Federal healthcare administrator. A native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, he attended Michigan State University where he majored in History. He was enlisted as an Infantryman in the Army Reserves while also enrolled in Army ROTC. After graduating in 1993, Mr Galuszka was commissioned into the Medical Service Corps. He served a variety of assignments ranging from medical platoon leader in an infantry battalion, to the Support Operations Officer of a multifunctional medical battalion, to Commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe, to Chief of Logistics at Madigan Army Medical Center. He deployed three times, once as a United Nations Peacekeeper to Skopje, Macedonia in 1994-95 and twice to Iraq - Baghdad in 2006 and Balad in 2008-09 and retired after 27 years of service in 2016. Mr. Galuszka is a graduate of Ranger School, Airborne School, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and also earned the Expert Field Medical Badge. He has a master’s degrees in public administration, health administration, military history, and operational planning. He is board certified as a health administrator and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Catherine P. Kaminetzky, MD, MPH

Catherine P. Kaminetzky, MD, MPH | 206-277-1330

Chief of Staff

Catherine P. Kaminetzky was appointed as Chief of Staff for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System effective May 28, 2017, after serving as the acting Chief of staff since March 2016. Prior, she served as the Associate Chief of Staff, Education and Director of the Center for Education &
Development since 2010. Additionally, Dr. Kaminetzky practices and teaches outpatient medicine in VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s Seattle Primary Care Clinic, serves as Director of Scholarship in our Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Prior to joining VA Puget Sound, she was the Associate Chief of Staff, Education at the Durham VA Medical Center beginning in 2007. After completing her undergraduate degree at Stanford, a Masters in Public Health - Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, she graduated from Duke Medical School, during which she was granted a Howard Hughes Medical Research award. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Duke. Her research interests include medical education and clinical education in ambulatory medicine.

Portrait of Geraldine L'Heureux MBA, MHA, BSN, RN

Geraldine L'Heureux MBA, MHA, BSN, RN | 206-277-1330

Deputy Director of Patient Care Services

Geri L’Heureux was appointed the Deputy Director, Patient Care Services at VA Puget Sound Health Care System on Oct. 1, 2018. Prior to joining VA Puget Sound, she was the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. There she managed the operation of all clinical services including pharmacy, radiology diagnostics, cardiopulmonary, laboratory, environment of care, infection control and nursing services. In addition, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and oversaw compliance with international Joint Commission accreditation for the Angel Hospital Corporation in Shanghai. She has served in various health care leadership positions from the management of nursing operational functions at a 420-bed, full-service, acute care hospital (included psychiatric unit and emergency services), to oversight of nursing operations at a 142-bed hospital that provided acute rehabilitation, perinatal services, inpatient psychiatric and emergency department services.

After completing her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College in Brentwood, California, she received her Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix in 2005. She is a member of the following professional organizations: Southern California Patient Safety Collaborative, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Nursing Leaders and Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium.

Portrait of Simon Kim, PHD

Simon Kim, PHD | 253-582-8440

Associate Director

Simon Kim was appointed as the Acting Assistant Director for VA Puget Sound Health Care System in August 2017. He has served as the Section Director for Community and Residential Care Services, which includes oversight of the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Programs (MHRRTP) and Therapeutic Supported Employment Services (TSES) at VA Puget Sound Health Care System since July 2013. Dr. Kim completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University, his clinical internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and was a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology at Stanford University. Prior to joining the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, he worked at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System managing their substance abuse residential rehabilitation treatment program.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Leadership VA (2011) and VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program (2015). He is currently engaged in the Executive Candidate Development Program.

Portrait of Connie Morantes, MD

Connie Morantes, MD | (Pager) (206)416-1947

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Connie Morantes was appointed as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff on October 1, 2016. She has served as the Service Line Leader for General Medicine, which includes oversight of Primary Care at ten sites of care within VA Puget Sound, since December 2009.

Dr. Morantes obtained her degree as a Doctor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine followed by an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals. She was Chief Resident at the Seattle VA from 1993- 1994 and joined the VA as a staff physician in July 1994. She brings with her extensive clinical experience as a front-line physician as well as operational experience running a large clinical service.

Portrait of Pamela Popplewell, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

Pamela Popplewell, DNP, RN, ANP-BC | 206-277-1040

Assistant Director of Patient Care Services

Pamela Popplewell, DNP, RN, ANP-BC began serving as the Acting Deputy Director of Patient Care Services in March 2018 after having served as the Deputy Associate Director for Nursing Services since 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Popplewell was the Director of Nursing for Surgery and Anesthesia
Service Lines at VA Puget Sound. Dr. Popplewell has a long history with the VA dating back to 1976.

Her administrative experience includes management in Medical Administration and Nursing Services and her clinical practice has been in long term/geriatric care, acute medical/surgical, intensive care, and general surgery. She received her bachelor's and master’s degree as well as her
Nurse Practitioner certification from Seattle Pacific University and her doctorate from the University of Washington. She is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.