VA Maine Healthcare System
Tracye B. Davis | (207) 623-8411 x5715
Medical Center Director
Ms. Davis was appointed to the position of Medical Center Director of VA Maine Healthcare System (HCS) on April 14, 2019. Ms. Davis oversees a comprehensive health care system classified as a Complexity Level 1C facility which provides care to approximately 43,000 enrolled Veterans in the state of Maine with an operating budget of over $370 million.
Ms. Davis began her career in 2004 as a health administration fellow at VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, and she has held positions of increasing complexity and responsibility at VA facilities across the nation. She previously served as Associate Director for the VA Maine Healthcare System from 2013-2015. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Director, VA Portland Health Care System and as Interim Director at both the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington and the VA Long Beach Health Care System.
Ms. Davis is a board-certified health care executive and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She is a graduate of VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program and the Office of Personnel Management’s Senior Executive Assessment Program.
Ms. Davis received a Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Russell Armstead, CGFM | 207-623-5710
Acting Associate Director
Mr. Russell Armstead is the Acting Associate Medical Center Director for the VA Maine Healthcare System, while also assuming the duties of Assistant Director as of August of 2018. Mr. Armstead directly supervises the following services: Food & Nutrition, Fiscal, Human Resources, Logistics, Police, Emergency Management, Environmental Management, Facilities Management, Veteran Travel Network, Voluntary Service, Business Office, HIMS, GEMS, Analytics & Business Intelligence Service, My HealtheVet, Patient Advocacy, and the clinical delivery of contracted community care. Mr. Armstead has operational liaison responsibilities for: OI&T, Contracting, Canteen Vending, Clinical Engineering, and Prosthetics.
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 Acting Associate 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 Master’s 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. 5710
Associate Director for Patient and 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.