Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Michelle Martin | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35212
Executive Medical Center Director
Ms. Michelle Martin was appointed Executive Medical Center Director on September 13, 2020. She was most recently the Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Ms. Martin is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She received an Associates of Science in Nursing from Lutheran College of Health Professions in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Ms. Martin began her nursing career in 1993 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has over 25 years of experience in a variety of Nursing, Nursing Leadership, and Quality Management positions. She joined the Department of Veteran Affairs in March 2012 as the Facility Telehealth Coordinator. She has held several clinical and management positions of progressive responsibilities at Northern Indiana Health Care System (VA NIHCS). She was appointed to the Chief Nurse for Operations at VA NIHCS in November 2013. In her role as Chief Nurse, she oversaw the nursing practice in the acute medicine inpatient units, surgery and Emergency Room and Urgent Care, Home Based Care, and Telehealth programs. Ms. Martin is dedicated to serving the advancing nursing practice to provide the highest quality of nursing care with a focus on process improvement. She is a constant collaborator, working with all disciplines and administrative staff to drive Veteran and organizational outcomes.
Heather Tarr | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35213
Acting Associate Director
Heather L. Tarr, MBA-HCM, was appointed to the role of Acting Associate Director on December 20, 2020. In this role she provides leadership and oversight of key administrative functions of the hospital to include Canteen Service, Community Care, Voluntary Service, Emergency Management, Facilities Management, Fire Service, Fiscal Service, Police Service, Health Administration, Supply Chain Management, Laundry Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Privacy Office and Prosthetics Service. Prior to this role she was the Supervisory Health Systems Specialist to the Associate Director Patient Care Service at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System. Ms. Tarr joined the VA in 2005 and has worked in various roles throughout her tenure to include Nursing Service Administrative Officer and Customer Service Manager. She has also served at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. Ms. Tarr is a Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentor, a graduate of the VISN 11 Leadership Development Program, VHA Graduate Health Administrative Training Program, and VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2017. Ms. Tarr earned her Master of Business Administration Health Care Management in 2008 and is a United States Navy Veteran.
Ketan Shah, MD | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35212
Chief of Staff
Dr. Shah was appointed Chief of Staff on April 12, 2013. He served as Chief of Primary Care Service from June 2002 to April 2013. 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 Battle Creek VAMC in 1988. He has held several positions of progressive responsibilities at the Battle Creek VA. He has also served as ACOS for Ambulatory Care at the Battle Creek VAMC for six years. Dr. Shah is the chairperson of Clinical Executive Board, Executive Committee of Medical Staff, Peer Review Committee, Medical Records Committee and Clinical Product Review Committee at the Battle Creek VAMC. He is also a member of Strategic Planning Committee, Executive Leadership Quality Board and Integrated Ethics Council at the Battle Creek VAMC. In addition to his Battle Creek responsibilities, Dr. Shah is a member of VISN 10 Executive Leadership Council. Dr. Shah graduated from the class of 2004 Executive Career Field Program.
Natasha Watson | 269-966-5600 Ext. 35233
Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Ms. Natasha Watson was appointed Acting Associate Director, Patient Care Services on December 20, 2020. Ms. Watson obtained her Nursing Diploma from Bronson School of Nursing in Kalamazoo MI, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Administration from Western Michigan University. She holds certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Geriatrics and as a Nurse Executive. Ms. Watson started her Nursing career in 1998 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in 1998 where she practiced for 18 years in various roles including a staff nurse in med-surg and post cardiac surgery later moving on to Nursing leadership in 2005 as a Nurse Manager and in 2014 as the Director of Inpatient Services at Bronson Battle Creek. Ms. Watson joined the VA in 2016 as the Associate Chief Nurse of Mental Health and in 2019 was detailed to serve as the Acting Chief of Extended Care Service. She was announced as the Chief of Extended Care in January 2020. Ms. Watson has a passion for process and quality improvement and has demonstrated this throughout her leadership career improving Nursing quality outcomes and the practice environment for Nursing staff.