Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Fernando O. Rivera, FACHE
Medical Center Director
Fernando O. Rivera, FACHE, has dedicated his career to improving Veterans’ health care and well-being. He has a passion for understanding and delivering first-class service to patients and employees alike. Rivera is a celebrated Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leader with over 30 years of experience in championing cutting-edge solutions that transform the VA health care system. Appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) on January 11, 2015, Rivera has helped the health care system embrace a fresh start. He has a relentless commitment to operational excellence and a track record for driving outstanding results for the 65,000 enrolled Veterans throughout 23 parishes as well as the Gulf South. He oversees a workforce of approximately 3,000 employees, and a thriving health care ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, sustainable health care. As the CEO, Rivera has developed a broad range of solutions and services for the entire local health care system that includes the New Orleans Veterans medical center, a tertiary care regional referral center, a wide range of primary and mental health care and specialty care at seven community based outpatient clinics. His portfolio includes partnerships with over 48 different medical education programs from Tulane University and Louisiana State University medical schools and associated health trainees from 43 different affiliates. In addition, he works to increase the bioscience corridor of the city of New Orleans by managing a thriving research and development program recognized nationally. With an eye for improving and modernizing, he has shepherded evidence-based solutions for VA health care and its patients, Rivera was the 2020 recipient of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Secretary's Eighth Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Excellence Award. With a commitment to diversity and inclusion, Rivera was the recipient of the LGBT Health Care Equity Leader for four consecutive years beginning in 2017 by the Human Right Campus. In addition, in 2019, Rivera received the VA Secretary’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Notably, Rivera was honored with the 2018 AMVETS Silver Helmet Award and the 2017 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans, and the 2017 Extraordinary Employer Support Award. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Federal Executive Board Outstanding Agency Head. He is also the 2015 Recipient of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, 2014 VHA Mentor of the Year Award, 2012 VHA Preceptor of the Year, and the 2012 The American College of Healthcare Executives Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence. Over the course of his career, Rivera has distinguished himself as a servant leader, recognized for his for his pivotal role in caring for Veterans, amplifying the voice of clinical providers and fostering employee excellence. For his operational success and proven track record for leading change, he was a recipient of a 2009 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. Rivera earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of New Orleans, where he later received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Engineering Award. He was named VA “Engineer of the Year” in 1993. Fernando Rivera and his wife Stacie reside in New Orleans, La. and have three children. CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2015: Present: CEO, VA Medical Center, New Orleans, LA 2015-2016: Interim Network Director, VISN 16, Jackson, MS 2013-2013: Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Washington, DC 2010-2015: Network Director, VISN 5, Linthicum, MD 2007-2010: Medical Center Director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C. 2005-2007: Medical Center Director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, WV EDUCATION: 2009: Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives 2008: VHA Mentor (Fellow) 2003: VA Executive Career Field, Healthcare Leadership Institute 1988: M.B.A. Finance and Systems, University of New Orleans 1983: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of New Orleans
Randolph Roig, MD
Chief Of Staff
Dr. Randolph Roig has assumed the role of Chief of Staff at SLVHCS. Prior to his current appointment, he has served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Assistant Chief of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service, and Chief of the Pain Medicine Section. He is on the faculty at LSU, Tulane and Emory. Dr. Roig is program director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship at LSU in addition to being the course director for the second-year Musculoskeletal Medicine and Dermatology Systems Block. He has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and been awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He was named the 2017 Mentor of the Year at LSU and has received numerous teaching and professionalism awards. Dr. Roig is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Engineering and the LSU School of Medicine. He is American Board of Medical Specialties boardcertified in physical medicine & rehabilitation, pain medicine and spinal cord injury medicine. At SLVHCS, Dr. Roig has overseen the growth of our trainee and resident education program to one of the largest in VHA. He has also served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, the Associated Health Education Committee and the Interdisciplinary Pain Committee.
Ruth W. Davis, DNS
Associate Director Patient Care Services
Dr. Davis, was appointed the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) February 2020 after serving 3 years as the Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services. Dr. Davis has had a long and distinguished career in service to our Veterans. Prior to returning to SLVHCS, Dr. Davis served as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, LA (2012-2017); the Deputy Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) (2006 to 2012); the Chief Nurse, TVHS, Nashville Campus (2006-2008); and Chief, Pharmacy Service, Nurse Manager, Surgical Intensive Care/Step down Unit, Nurse Educator and Intensive Care Staff Nurse at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New Orleans, LA (1991-2006). She also served as an adjunct faculty member, Charity Delgado School of Nursing. Dr. Davis holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in nursing administration from Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the recipient of the Secretary’s Hero Award, LSUHSC Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Award and the F.A. Excellence in Writing Award. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the American Nurses Association.
Stephanie Repasky, Psy.D.
Dr. Stephanie Repasky was appointed Deputy Medical Center Director at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in July 2018, where she is primarily responsible for the resource management and operations of a level 1, tertiary care medical center. She began at the New Orleans VA in 1999 as a pre-doctoral psychology intern, and then postdoctoral residency. In 2001, she was hired as a clinical psychologist and remains a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, she assisted in the recovery of the health care system in several roles, including customer service coordinator, OEF/OIF program manager, and administrative assistant to the director. She then served as the Associate Director, where her primary responsibility was the activation of an approximately 1.6 million sqft, 200-bed medical facility, which was awarded Project Management Institute Project of the Year. She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and serves on the New Orleans Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Mayor’s Committee to end homelessness and both the Mayor’s and Governor’s Strategic Planning for Economic Development Committees. Dr. Repasky is a graduate of the VA Executive Career Field (ECF) Development Program. Dr. Repasky earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton in 1995 and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from Central Michigan University.
Manuel M. Davila
Mr. Davila was appointed Associate Director for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2018. Prior to this position, he served as Associate Director at the West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring, Texas. During his career, he has held various positions to include Chief of Facilities Management, Chief Biomedical Engineering, Chief Logistics Officer as well as other management roles. Mr. Davila is a lifetime member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), associate member of the Society of International and Organizational Psychologists, member MBA Alumni Association and holds membership in various other professional organizations. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Davila hold Bachelor of Science of Business Administration (BS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix and the academic completion of a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Walden University.