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Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center

 

Leadership Team

Christopher R. Bjornberg, Director

Christopher R. Bjornberg | 509-527-3450

Director

Mr. Bjornberg was appointed Director of the Walla Walla VA Medical Center effective January 14. His responsibilities include oversight of services at the Walla Walla site; four Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Yakima and Richland, WA; Lewiston, ID; and La Grande, OR; a contracted community clinic in Grangeville, ID; two Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinics in Enterprise and Boardman, OR; and an active home-based primary care program. Services offered are ambulatory, contracting with community providers for needed inpatient, diagnostic, and therapeutic services. Specialty care is provided both on campus and through telehealth technologies. There is also an onsite residential substance abuse treatment program. Mr. Bjornberg comes to the Walla Walla VA Medical Center with over 14 years of experience as a healthcare executive from the private sector, where he was most recently self-employed as a healthcare consultant, as well as part owner of Mental Health Clinics in Southeast Idaho. Prior to this time, his experience includes being CEO of two different hospitals specializing in healthcare in rural areas. Mr. Bjornberg received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from American InterContinental University (AIU) in June of 2004. Continuing his studies at AIU, he then completed his first Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management in September of 2005, followed by his second MBA in Accounting and Finance in July of 2006.


Marvin R. Crawford, MBA, Associate Director for Operations

Marvin R. Crawford, MBA | 509-527-3450

Associate Director for Operations

Marvin “Ray” Crawford was detailed April 2017 and officially appointed as Associate Director of Operations effective August 6, 2017. He has primary oversight of the following services/functions: Health Administration, Canteen Services, Environmental Management, Facilities Management, Fiscal, Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management, and Police. He assumes full responsibility of the Medical Center in the absence of the Medical Center Director. Mr. Crawford is a Veteran and honorably served in the U.S. Air Force for over 22 years, attaining the Rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). Past VA assignments include VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, Nevada; VA Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Crawford is results-oriented and a challenge-driven professional with broad-based experience in healthcare operations management, complemented with a proven track record of success in increasing revenue and improving processes. A concept-to-execution driver with servant leadership style in overseeing performance, formulating innovative solutions, supervising high-caliber teams, and creating strategic plans toward productivity, patient-centered outcomes, and organizational growth. Equipped with critical thinking aptitudes, combined with strong interpersonal skills to build positive relationships with community healthcare partners, providers, agencies, unions, legal counsel, and diverse individuals. Core competencies include Contract Management, Cross-Functional Collaboration, Fiscal, Medical Administration, Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Supply Chain Management. Mr. Crawford earned a Master of Business Administration degree, with a major in Healthcare Management, from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Computer Information Systems, from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.


Mark Y. Liu, DO, FAAFP, Chief of Staff

Mark Y. Liu, DO, FAAFP | 509-527-3451

Chief of Staff

Dr. Liu was appointed as Walla Walla VA’s Chief of Staff effective September 29 after serving as Acting Chief of Staff since June 23. His primary responsibilities include supervising the medical staff and ensuring quality of care to include Chair of the Clinical Executive Board, member of the VISN 20 Chief of Staff Committee, and numerous local oversight and supervisory roles. He oversees medical services at seven facilities across 16 counties and three states to include the main Walla Walla, WA site; four community-based outpatient clinics located in Yakima and Richland, WA; Lewiston, ID; La Grande, OR; and two primary care telehealth outreach clinics in Enterprise and Boardman, OR. Dr. Liu honorably served in both the U.S. Navy and Air Force for over 22 years, attaining the rank of Colonel. He served two tours to the Gulf during Operation Southern Watch. As a Naval medical officer, he served onboard the USS-Bridge; Team Leader on the Shock Trauma Platoon with the 3rd Marine Division; and full scope family physician at the Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan. While in the Air Force, he served as Chief of Professional Services and was promoted to Chief of Aerospace Medicine/Vice Commander with the 154th Medical Group as the Senior Flight Surgeon. Dr. Liu has served for over 18 years in the Federal service, including years as Assistant Professor of Family for the Tripler Family Medicine Residency, Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; supervising physician of the Medical Evaluation Board as well as remote clinic family physician. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians and has published and lectured both nationally and internationally and holds a clinical assistant professorship with seven medical schools. Dr. Liu received a Bachelor of Science from Westmont College and holds a DO degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed residency at the Naval Hospital Bremerton Puget Sound Family Practice Residency and is board certified in family practice.


Donna M. Wickre, MSN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Donna M. Wickre, MSN | 509-527-3450

Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Donna Wickre accepted a detail to the Walla Walla VA Medical Center as Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services on October 24, 2016, and accepted the position effective January 8, 2017. She has oversight of Care in the Community Service, Home and Community Based Service, Community Affairs and Voluntary Service, Contact Center, Sterile Processing Service, Transition and Care Management (formerly OEF/OIF/OND), Compensation and Pension Office, Consult Management, and Employee Health. Ms. Wickre has been in the VA system for 32 years. She began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the VA Montana Health Care System at Fort Harrison, MT. After 20 years at the Montana VA, Ms. Wickre transferred to the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA, where she served in a number of roles ranging from frontline staff nurse, nurse manager of several different departments, as well the Deputy Chief Nurse. Most recently, Ms. Wickre served as the Community Health Nurse Coordinator serving in the departments of comprehensive caregiver support, H/HHA and Respite and Contract Community Nursing homes. Ms. Wickre received her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1996 from Excelisor College in Albany, NY. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005 and her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Phoenix.