Leadership Team - Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)
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Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)


Leadership Team

David L. Holt, MBA, FACHE, Director

David L. Holt, MBA, FACHE | 541-826-2111 Ext. 3202


Mr. Holt has been the director of the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC) in White City, Oregon since May 2021. He served for 28-years in the VA healthcare system in southern California within VISN 22 (his last station was VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System as Associate Director) and took a brief break in service as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, before returning to VA to serve as an SES Director in southern Oregon. His career spans 33 years of leadership experience and five years of experience as a nurse assistant and recreation therapist across five states including Wyoming, Utah, California, Washington, and Oregon. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and taught - as adjunct faculty - MBA and health courses at five southern California universities, including UCLA Extension. CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2021 – Present Director, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Canter and Clinics, White City, OR 2018 – 2021 Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Western State Hospital, Lakewood, WA 2015 – 2018 Chief Operating Officer (COO), Western State Hospital, Lakewood, WA 2011 – 2015 Associate Director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA

Valdez G. Bravo, FACHE, Associate Director

Valdez G. Bravo, FACHE | 541-826-2111 Ext. 3202

Associate Director

A native of Oregon, Valdez grew up in Salem and began his federal service when he enlisted in the Army three weeks out of high school, serving for eight years (1995-2003) in positions of increasing responsibility at military hospitals as a medical equipment repairman (91A20). His duty stations included Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Wurzburg, Germany; Fort Belvoir, VA; and Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan, where he served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Valdez began his VA career in May 2004 at the VA Portland Health Care System as a biomedical equipment support specialist. After returning to school and earning a Bachelors degree in English from Portland State University, he was selected to attend the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration as part of the VA’s Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHAPT). Valdez’s previous position was Administrative Director of the Primary Care Division at the VA Portland Health Care System (July 2018 – December 2020). Prior to that he served as the Supervisory Health System Specialist leading the Systems Redesign Program at the VA Portland Health Care System (May 2015 to July 2018). Valdez also served as the Supervisor of Biomedical Engineering (April 2011 to June 2013). Valdez holds a Masters in Health Administration and Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University and an undergraduate degree in English with Minors in Writing and Film from Portland State University. Valdez is a graduate of the VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program (2017) and is a VHA Certified Mentor (2016) and VHA Certified Black Belt in Lean Healthcare (2018). Valdez is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of Oregon Society of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Christina H Cellura, Chief of Staff

Dr. Christina H Cellura | 541-826-2111 Ext. 7581

Chief of Staff

Dr. Cellura has been employed with the VA SORCC since 2014. She has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2008. She is board certified in Family Practice, and completed her medical training at Nova Southeastern University in Florida as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She spends her time running, reading and enjoying her husband and four children.

Susan K Thurston, Associate Chief Nurse Executive

Susan K Thurston | 541-826-2111 Ext. 3419

Associate Chief Nurse Executive

Dr. Susan Thurston was appointed ADPCS/Nurse Executive August 2017. She joined VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) in 2012, and Portland VA Health Care System in 2001. Dr. Thurston received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2012 from Rush University, Chicago Illinois. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, with a 30 year nursing career which includes: medical, surgical, emergency, critical care, critical care educator, infection prevention, simulation and Associate Chief Nurse roles.