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


Leadership Team

Bernard G. Deazley, Acting Director

Bernard G. Deazley | 541-826-2111 Ext. 3202

Acting Director

Bernard G. Deazley, IV was appointed as the Assistant Director VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in January 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Deazley served as the Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff at VAPORHCS. Mr. Deazley joined the VA through the student studies program following graduate school. During his VA tenure, Mr. Deazley has held positions of progressive responsibility in research and development, primary care, mental health, operative care and the executive staff. Mr. Deazley has also served at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. Mr. Deazley is a graduate of the Annenberg Leadership Institute and VHA’s Healthcare Leadership Develop Program. Mr. Deazley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) and earned his Master of Public Administration degree at the Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon). Mr. Deazley is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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.