Leadership Team - James J. Peters VA Medical Center
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James J. Peters VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Margaret B. Caplan, Medical Center Director

Margaret B. Caplan | 718-584-9000

Medical Center Director

Ms. Caplan joined VA more than 35 years ago and has held leadership positions at VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA HVHCS), Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, and the Philadelphia VA Medical. Most recently, she has been serving as the Medical Center Director at VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, a complexity level 3 facility that employs 1400 staff and operates 35 inpatient beds, 104 domiciliary beds (to include Substance Use, PTSD, and Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans), and 127 Community Living Center beds. VA HVHCS boasts one of the country's first Long Stay Mental Health Recovery CLCs, transitioned from a chronic inpatient psychiatry unit. Prior to serving as Medical Center Director at VA HVHCS, Mrs. Caplan spent two years as Medical Center Director at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. For 16 years before that, she was the Assistant and Associate Director at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. During her tenure in Philadelphia, she served as interim Director at VA Medical Centers located in Erie, Lebanon, and Wilkes-Barre. She began her healthcare management career by entering the Associate Director/Healthcare Management Trainee Program in 1992 at VA Medical Center in Washington, DC. Prior to her acceptance in the Associate Director's program in 1992, she spent 10 years working in various positions in VA headquarters, including four years in the Office of Congressional Affairs. Mrs. Caplan is a graduate of Leadership VA and a lifetime member of the Leadership VA Alumni Association. She is associated with American College of Health Care Executives and is a life member of the Senior Executive Association. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and Executive Development Program from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rosemary Cancel-Santiago, MPA, Associate Director

Rosemary Cancel-Santiago, MPA | 718-584-9000 Ext. 6659

Associate Director

Rosemary Cancel-Santiago’s has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare Administration and Management of Clinical Program oversight within the Federal Government, Nonprofit, and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. • Ms. Cancel-Santiago served as the Director of Virtual Health where she provided strategic guidance and direction for developing Telemedicine infrastructure where JJP lead both the VISN and the Nation on Virtual Care Metrics. She has held various leadership roles in the VA and was responsible for dovetailing both administrative and clinical activities for several clinical services such as Surgery, Women’s Health, and Dental. She continues to collaborate with staff on the expansion and implementation of Virtual Health and serves as a technical advisor in directing operational efficiency. • Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Cancel-Santiago was responsible for the management and coordination of Surgical Service at the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation. She served as the Executive Assistant and AIDS Healthcare Network Director to the former Commissioner of Mental Health Services and the President and CEO of NYC Nonprofit. * Ms. Cancel-Santiago holds a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy/Management from New York University and earned her undergraduate degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in Business Administration with emphasis in Management from Mercy College. Certifications include: VHA Mentor, Mediator and Clinic Video Master Preceptor.

Kathleen M. Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, IIW, Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive

Kathleen M. Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, IIW | 718-584-9000

Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive

Dr. Kathleen Capitulo is an experienced Nurse Executive / Hospital Administrator / Educator. She holds a BS from Keuka College, MS from Adelphi University, and Doctor of Nursing Science from Columbia University. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a distinguished group of 1500 of the nation’s top nursing executives, policy makers, scholars, researchers, and practitioners. As a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow (2004-2007), Katie developed a Transcultural Nursing Leadership Institute, building international nursing partnerships. Dr. Capitulo is a Professor at Wenzhou Medical College in Wenzhou, China. She is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances P. Bolton School of Nursing, where she mentored more than 50 students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She also holds a faculty appointment at NYU College of Nursing. Dr. Capitulo has led the “Committee on Professionalism” in two major academic medical centers. She developed a model using a positive approach to improve relationships and organizational culture by addressing disruptive behavior. Dr. Capitulo has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and a book. She serves on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing; the Greater New York Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Red Cross-Greater NY. She has received numerous awards including the prestigious NY State Nurse of Distinction. (more available upon request).

Sylvia M. Barchue, MS, RN, Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Sylvia M. Barchue, MS, RN | 718-584-9000

Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Ms. Barchue is an experienced nurse executive. She holds a Certificate in Nursing Management, Fairfield University, a BA in Leadership, Sacred Heart University (Magna Cum Laude), and MS in Organization and Management with a Specialization in Leadership (Summa Cum Laude) Capella University. She is a graduate of the Northeast Health Care Leadership Institute and is one of the first Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentors.|Ms. Barchue began her nursing career at JJP VAMC as a staff nurse in ICU. Over her 35 years career span, she has exemplified great leadership qualities. She networked with Hunter College (CUNY) and JJP became the clinical site for the Clinical Nurse Leaders. She successfully completed a federally funded pilot program for Intermediate Care Technicians (ICTs) to train medics and corpsmen in Emergency Care; the only ED in the North East selected for this pilot. She has since written a chapter in a book titled “Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses tell Their Story”. She is highly sought after and constantly recommended to perform evaluations of patient care delivery at other Medical Centers within the VA system. She has received many awards including Sacred Heart University Alumni of the Year, Leadership Award (2013). Ms. Barchue is a motivational speaker, co-hosted on radio. Member of Delta Epsilon Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Listed with the Metropolitan Executive and Professional Registry.

Sarah Garrison, MD, MPH, Chief of Staff

Sarah Garrison, MD, MPH | 718-584-9000 Ext. 6522

Chief of Staff

Dr. Sarah Garrison is an experienced physician leader. Dr. Garrison is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her Master’s Degree in Public Health was conferred by Columbia University School of Public Health. Dr. Garrison’s career has been one of progressive leadership and commitment to excellence. She is a graduate of the VA’s Executive Career Field training and of the Federal Executive Institute. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Garrison was Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency Programs at two New York City hospitals. Within the VA, Dr. Garrison has served as Primary Care Practice Chief for Primary Care and Medical Staff President at James J Peters VAMC, Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory care at the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for VISN 3, and Senior Medical Officer (detailed) for Quality Standards and Programs in the Office of Quality, Safety, and Value in VA Central Office. Throughout her VA career, she has continued to provide comprehensive primary care to a panel of patients. |Dr. Garrison brings to James J Peters VAMC her deep commitment to serving Veterans, commitment to excellence, and visionary leadership. She lives in the Bronx with her partner, son and daughter, and two dogs, and is a recreational runner.