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VA Maine Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Amy Gartley, BSN, MBA

Amy Gartley, BSN, MBA | (207) 623-8411, ext. 5710

Interim Medical Center Director

Amy Gartley, RN, BSN, MBA, was appointed to the position of Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services (Chief Nurse Executive) of the VA Maine HCS in August 2010. In this role, she has oversight of nursing, education, and patient care services for Veterans throughout the state. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Gartley holds a key role in strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and resource management.

Previously, Ms. Gartley held clinical and nursing leadership roles in the private sector, assuming greater levels of responsibility throughout the years. Specific areas of clinical expertise included medical/surgical, endoscopy, and peri-operative nursing care. Ms. Gartley obtained a BSN from the University of Maine at Orono in 1991 and an MBA from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine in 2004. She was appointed as a Baldrige Examiner in 2012. Ms. Gartley is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Throughout her career, Ms. Gartley has been involved with many initiatives to improve health care quality and patient satisfaction. Within the VA system, she is a member of various local, regional, and national teams and is committed to providing excellent patient care. Ms. Gartley is honored to be a part of the VA Maine HCS community.

Portrait of Russell Armstead, CGFM

Russell Armstead, CGFM | 207-623-5710

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Russell Armstead assumed the duties of Assistant Medical Center Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System in August of 2018. He oversees Business Intelligence Service, Volunteer Services, Nutrition and Food Service, Safety, Fire Rescue, Environmental Management Services, My HealtheVet, and Patient Advocacy. He also has operational liaison responsibilities for Prosthetics and Canteen Vending.

Mr. Armstead joined the VA in 2011 as an Administrative Officer for the VISN 6 Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network after serving 21 years in the United States Army. He is a combat Veteran with two Bronze Star medals for meritorious achievements in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to his appointment as the Assistant Medical Center Director, Mr. Armstead served as a program analyst in the VHA Office of Policy and Planning in Washington, DC. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program, a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Mr. Armstead holds a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and a Masters degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the American Military University.

Portrait of Stephen Sears, MD, MPH

Stephen Sears, MD, MPH | (207) 623-5757

Chief of Staff

Stephen D. Sears, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Staff at VA Maine Healthcare System whose focus is to improve the access and quality of primary and specialty medical care services for Veterans in Maine. Dr. Sears joins VA Maine after a series of senior management health care positions, including Chief Medical Officer at two Maine facilities. Most recently, Dr. Sears served as the State Epidemiologist for Maine.

Dr. Sears received a Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School and his Master of Public Health Degree from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Portrait of Mark Audet

Mark Audet | 207-623-8411

Acting Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services

Mark Audet, MBA, BSN, RN assumed the role of Acting Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services (ADPNS) as of December 16, 2018.

Mr. Audet will continue to promote the Nursing mission at VA Maine, to “Deliver an efficient, compassionate environment for Veterans, families and colleagues in the delivery of excellence and quality care to our Veterans and customers.” He will also play an integral role in strategic planning, regulatory compliance and resource management.

Previously, he held both clinical and nursing leadership roles in the private sector, focusing primarily in the operating room and other procedure based units. He received an MBA from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine in 2009 and his BSN from the University of Southern Maine in 1993. Prior to his undergraduate degree, Mr. Audet functioned as a Surgical Technologist having graduated from Maine Medical Center’s School of Surgical Technology in 1989.

Mr. Audet is a combat Veteran, having served as a Navy Corpsman during the Gulf War. He is a member of the VFW Post 8835 and holds the office of Senior Vice Commander.

Mr. Audet can be reached at (207) 623-8411, extension 5419.