VA Maine Healthcare System
Dan Dücker | (207) 623-5710
Interim Medical Center Director
Mr. Dücker assumed the duties of Associate Medical Center Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System in July of 2017. Dan oversees Facility Management, Human Resources, Fiscal, Logistics, CBOC Service Line, Business Service Line, Police, Emergency Management, Volunteer Services, Mobility Management, and My Health Vet. He also has operational liaison responsibilities with the Canteen Vending, Information Technology and Clinical Engineering.
Prior to Dan’s appointment at the Associate Medical Center Director he served as the Clinical Operations and Business Analyst/Group Practice Manager for one of the largest VA Medical Center in the country at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Dücker joined James A. Haley in 2009 as the Executive Assistant to the COS and during his tenure served as the Acting Administrative Office for the Mental Health Service as well as serving as the Administrative Officer for Comp and Pen.
Dan started his military service as a Patient Administrative Specialist prior to his commissioning as an Officer in 1986 through the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) ROTC program. He served the US Army for over 33 years where he received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit for his outstanding work on the Department of Army’s Medical Boarding process for Reserve Soldiers and the Bronze Star for his leadership and meritorious service in a combat while serving as a commander in Afghanistan.
Dan received his BA in Therapeutic Recreation from UNI in 1987, his Masters in Higher Education Administration at the University of South Carolina in 1992 and his Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2010. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Reserve Officers Association, the American Legion and the Military Offers Association of America.
Russell Armstead | 207-623-5710
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.
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.
Amy Gartley, BSN, MBA | (207) 623-8411, ext. 5419
Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services
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.