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Portrait of Jennifer S Gutowski, MHA, FACHE

Jennifer S Gutowski, MHA, FACHE | (520) 792-1450

Acting Director, SAVAHCS

Jennifer S. Gutowski, MHA, FACHE, CSSGB, VHA-CM was appointed Acting Director on January 5, 2016. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Gutowski served as the Associate Director for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System from July 16, 2012 through January 4, 2016. Ms. Gutowski was at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital as the Acting Associate Director from February 2012 through July 2012, and Assistant Director from December 2007 through February 2012. Prior to the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Ms. Gutowski held various positions at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

As the SAVAHCS Associate Director, Ms. Gutowski serves as the Chief of the Resources Management Service Line and provides oversight for Finance, Human Resources, Logistics, Business Operations, and Voluntary Services. In addition, she provides supervision to the Facilities Management Service Line, Pharmacy Service Line, the Privacy Officer, and the Emergency Manager.

Ms. Gutowski carries several certifications as a Certified Healthcare Executive, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), as well as a graduate of the VA Executive Career Field. Most recently in 2011, Ms. Gutowski achieved fellow status as a certified mentor (VHA-CM), and earned her Green Belt certification in Six Sigma (CSSGM) in 2009.

Ms. Gutowski has been active with local ACHE chapters during her career including Health Care Executives of Southern California, Chicago Health Care Executives Forum, and currently Arizona Health Care Executives. As a result of her leadership and roles with increasing responsibility in the VA, she received in 2005 the Early Careerist VA/ACHE Regent’s Award, and the ACHE Regent’s Award. She was recognized for her efforts in serving on the Regent’s Advisory Council and for her leadership position held in the Health Care Executives of Southern California and her active role in the Women in Health Administration.


Portrait of Martin H. Sjursen FAC-P/PM, VHA-CM

Martin H. Sjursen FAC-P/PM, VHA-CM | (520) 792-1450

Acting Associate Director

Martin H. Sjursen was appointed Acting Associate Director of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in October 2016. As the Acting Associate Director, Mr. Sjursen serves as the Chief of the Resources Management Service Line and provides oversight for Finance, Human Resources, Logistics, Business Operations, and Voluntary Services. In addition, he provides supervision to the Facilities Management Service Line, Pharmacy Service Line, and the Emergency Manager. Mr. Sjursen joined the VA as an Engineering Officer Trainee in 1985 at the Saint Cloud, Minnesota VA, and held progressively more responsible positions with the VHA in Omaha, NE and Tomah, WA prior to joining the SAVAHCS as Chief, Engineering Service, in 1992.

As the Facility Manager, Mr. Sjursen has over 31 years progressive experience in the design, development and management of Engineering and Facilities Management Healthcare programs. He is designated as the SAVAHCS Safety and Fire Protection Officer. Facility Management consists of engineering, maintenance and operations, biomedical, security systems, safety and industrial hygiene, roads and grounds, signage, telephone switchboard operations, environmental and housekeeping (sanitation, line and uniforms, pest control, interior design) programs.

In March 2010, Mr. Sjursen successfully completed the Executive Career Field (ECF) Candidate Development Program. He has achieved fellow status as a certified mentor (VHA-CM), is a certified Federal Acquisition Mid-Level Program/Project Manager (FAC-P/PM), and earned a Green Belt certification in Six Sigma/Lean.


Portrait of Anthony M. Stazzone, MD

Anthony M. Stazzone, MD | (520) 792-1450

Chief of Staff

Anthony M Stazzone M.D. was appointed Chief of Staff of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in December 2016. He provides oversight for the Education, Training, Development, Telehealth Services, Care Coordination, and Quality and Performance Management departments.

Dr. Stazzone received his MD at the University of Arizona, School of Medicine in 1998, and completed his Residency (2001) at the University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. He has earned his Board Certification in Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 2001.

Dr. Stazzone started his career in private practice with the Carondelet Medical Group and transitioned to the University of Arizona Medical Center for twelve years where he was the Chief of Staff-elect. He began his VA career as the Chief of Primary Care here at the SAVHCS in April 2015.
Dr. Stazzone holds a clinical faculty position as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and is engaged in the training of resident physicians and Medical Students.

Dr. Stazzone holds a leadership role on a variety of SAVAHCS committees to include the Academic Affiliation Committee, and the Care Coordination Committee. He also holds membership on the Medical Executive Board, Peer Review Committee, PACT Executive Steering Committee. He is a certified Green Belt in Lean Healthcare and is actively involved in Rapid Process Improvement Workgroups at SAVAHCS.


Portrait of Stephen W. Renner, MD

Stephen W. Renner, MD | (520) 792-1450

Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Stephen W. Renner M.D. was appointed Acting Deputy Chief of Staff of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in January 2017.

Dr. Renner received his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1976; and completed his Residency (1984) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center West Los Angeles (GLA), CA. He has earned his Board Certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1984, and Special Qualification Certification in Hematology in 1988. Dr. Renner maintains his licensure in California, Texas and Arizona.

Dr. Renner started his medical career with a tour of duty as a medical officer in the United States Air Force. He began his VA career as a pathologist at GLA - Director of the Blood Bank & Hematology Units. He has held positions as Interim Chief, Laboratory Director, and Chief Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at GLA. Here at SAVAHCS, he was appointed the Clinical Director of Laboratory Medicine in 2004, and became the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development in 2012.

Dr. Renner holds a clinical faculty position as a Professor of Pathology at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. A large part of his career has been focused on teaching new doctors, and is evidenced by his positions as Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles; and Associate Program Director for Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Residency Training Program, University of Southern California /Los Angeles County/GLA

Dr. Renner holds a leadership role on a variety of SAVAHCS committees to include the Medical Executive Board and Blood Utilization Committee (Chair). Dr. Renner is actively involved in Rapid Process Improvement Workgroups at SAVAHCS.


Portrait of Katie A. Landwehr, MBA, FACHE

Katie A. Landwehr, MBA, FACHE | (520) 792-1450

Assistant Director

Katie A. Landwehr was appointed Assistant Director of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) in January 2012. She provides oversight for the Clinical Care Support Service Line, which encompasses Dentistry, Prosthetics, Nutrition and Food Services, Audiology, Respiratory Therapy, Pastoral Care, Police and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). She also serves as the liaison with the Office of Information Technology, Information Security and the Veterans Canteen Service.

Ms. Landwehr holds a leadership role on a variety of SAVAHCS committees to include the VERA Committee, Continuous Improvement/Systems Redesign, Medical Executive Board, Organizational Health Executive Board, Resources Board and the Executive Leadership Strategic Planning Council. She has completed Green Belt training and participated in several process improvement/system redesign teams.

Prior to her appointment as the Assistant Director, Ms. Landwehr was the Acting Associate Director at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) from April - December 2011. As Acting Associate Director, Ms. Landwehr was responsible for the daily operations of each facility within VA NWIHCS. She also provided direct oversight for the Business Office, Pharmacy, Engineering, Logistics, Safety, Human Resources, Environmental Management Services, Prosthetics, Police, Canteen, Voluntary Services and Biomedical Engineering functions.


Portrait of Dr. Beth A Taylor, DHA, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Beth A Taylor, DHA, RN, NEA-BC | (520) 792-1450

Associate Director Patient Care Services

Dr. Taylor joined the VA in 1996 as an Associate Director for Patient Care Services/NE in Saginaw, Michigan, and served in this executive role at four VA facilities in three VISNs over the next 17 years. She served the role as Director, Workforce and Leadership for the VA Office of Nursing Services in Washington DC and in November 2015, accepted the role of Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System.

As SAVAHCS Associate Director of Patient Care Services, Dr.Taylor is responsible for all aspects of professional nursing practice at the SAVAHCS and provides direct oversight to Nursing Services and the Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Line. Areas of responsibility include all inpatient care (acute and critical care and acute mental health), outpatient procedural care, specialty clinics, hemodialysis, the Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center, all Community Outpatient Programs (Home-Based Primary Care, Community Nursing Home, Home Health, Adult Day Care), Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder, Geriatric PACT, Polytrauma Network Site, and the Community Living Center with its five distinct programs (Hospice/ Palliative, Interim Care, Geri Psych and a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited Rehabilitation Unit). Dr. Taylor provides leadership for a variety of local committees and is a member of the national Mentor Certification Advisory Board and the HLTI Advisory Board.

Dr. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, a Master in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University.