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Battle Creek VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Mary Beth Skupien, Ph.D.

Mary Beth Skupien, Ph.D. | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35212

Medical Center Director

As Director, Battle Creek VA Medical Center (VAMC), Dr. Skupien leads, manages, and directs the planning and evaluation of health care services as well as administrative and supporting operations for a health care delivery system in the western part of MI covering a 22 county geographic area.

She has Doctorate in Public Health-Management/Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Master of Science in Primary Care/Public Health Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lake Superior State university.

Prior to this appointment Dr. Skupien served as the Director, Office of Rural Health for VHA where she developed and implemented policies and programs to improve the access and delivery of high quality health care services of rural and highly rural Veterans. In this position she served as the VHA subject matter expert in all areas related to rural health care.

Prior to her leadership within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Skupien held positions of progressive responsibility and leadership for 28 years at all levels in the Indian Health Service. Dr. Skupien is a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Portrait of Ed Dornoff, MPH, FACHE

Ed Dornoff, MPH, FACHE | (269) 966-5600 Ext. 35213

Associate Director

Edward Dornoff was appointed Associate Director of the BCVAMC on March 30, 2008. He started his VA career in 1985 as an Administrative Resident at the Dayton, Ohio, VAMC. He has held positions of progressive responsibility as Administrative Officer at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, VAMC; Assistant to the Director at the Dayton, Ohio, VAMC; and Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Allen Park/Detroit, Michigan, VAMC. He has also had details as Acting Associate Director at the Danville, Detroit, and Battle Creek VAMCs.

Mr. Dornoff has oversight for key Administrative Functions including Canteen, Community and Volunteer, Emergency Management, Facilities, Fire, Fiscal, Health Administration, Human Resources Management, Information Management, Laundry, Logistics (Supply/Materiel Management), Nutrition and Food, Police, Privacy, and Prosthetics.

His stewardship activities have included Managing Editor of the VISN 11 Newsletter, Executive Planner with Southeast Michigan’s Combined Federal Campaign, American Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator, and a VISN Mentor.

Portrait of Ketan Shah, M.D.

Ketan Shah, M.D. | (269) 966-5600 Ext. 35231

Chief of Staff

Dr. Ketan Shah was appointed as Chief of Staff at the BCVAMC on April 12, 2013. He has served as Chief of Primary Care Service since June 2002. He is a board certified Internist.

Dr. Shah graduated from Bombay University, India. He completed three years of Internal Medicine residency at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He joined the staff of the BCVAMC in 1988. He has held several positions of progressive responsibilities at the BCVAMC, including Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care for six years.

Dr. Shah is the chairperson of several committees including Clinical Executive Board, Medical Staff, Peer Review, Medical Records, and Clinical Product Review at the BCVAMC. He is also a member of Strategic Planning, Executive Leadership Quality Board, and Integrated Ethics Council at the BCVAMC.

In addition to his Battle Creek responsibilities, he has served as a member of the National Primary Care Field Advisory Committee and as a co-chair of the National Hypertension Management Task Force.

Portrait of Kimberly Zipper, RN, BSN, MBA

Kimberly Zipper, RN, BSN, MBA | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35233

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Kimberly Zipper was appointed Associate Director, Patient Care Services, on May 2, 2016. Ms. Zipper received her Diploma in Nursing from Methodist School of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ball State University.

Ms. Zipper began her nursing career in 1979 at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Indianapolis as a Critical Care Nurse and later Critical Care Nurse Manager. She joined the VA in 1998 as a Nurse Educator responsible for implementing CPRS. She served as the Chief of Clinic Operations at Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 8 years. She has served on various local, VISN, and National Committees throughout her VA career.

Throughout Ms. Zipper’s career, she has worked in various clinical and management positions and is dedicated to continually improving the Veteran and employee experiences.