Leadership Team - Erie VA Medical Center
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Erie VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

John A. Gennaro, Director

John A. Gennaro | 814-860-2576


Mr. John A. Gennaro was appointed as the CEO/Director of the Erie VA Medical Center on June 20, 2016. Mr. Gennaro oversees delivery of health care to more than 21,000 Veterans, 783 employees, and an operating budget of $144M. As CEO, Mr. Gennaro provides the strategic vision and operational oversight of the Erie VA Medical Center located in Erie, PA that is comprised of foundational services in Acute Medicine, Urgent Care, Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Community Living Center/Nursing Home. Mr. Gennaro is also responsible for patient care delivery at five Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Ashtabula, OH; Crawford, PA; Venango, PA; Warren PA; and Bradford, PA. Mr. Gennaro has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, with emphasis on operations, employee engagement and patient experience. He has served as the Director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center from July 2015 - May 2016 and Director of VA Butler Healthcare System from 2012 - 2015. Mr. Gennaro has held several positions of increasing responsibility over his twenty years of healthcare experience. He began his career in the Research Foundation at the Cincinnati VAMC in 1997. He completed his healthcare administrative residency in 2001 at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC. Mr. Gennaro has also served as the Deputy Director at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System from 2008 - 2012, and Associate Director/COO at the Erie VAMC from 2006 - 2008. Mr. Gennaro received his bachelor's degree in natural sciences in 1999 and master's degrees in business administration and health care services administration from Xavier University in 2001. He is board certified as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served on the Board of Director's for the Allegheny Valley YMCA and was the 2015 Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board. Mr. Gennaro was the recipient of Modern Healthcare's Up and Comer award in 2013 and Becker’s Hospital Review Rising Star in Healthcare

Borys Loza, Chief of Staff

Borys Loza | 814-860-2581

Chief of Staff

Dr. Borys Loza, MD was appointed Chief of Staff at the Erie VAMC on March 14, 2021. Dr. Loza oversees management efforts for medical decisions made throughout the medical center and the five community based outpatient clinics. Dr. Loza is involved in budget formulation and execution, including workload planning, utilization management, recruitment of medical staff, accreditation and quality management activities, adherence to medical ethical standards, and clinical training programs. In October 2020, Dr. Loza assumed the duties of Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, he served as the Erie VAMC Medical Director of Primary Care since 2015. Dr. Loza began his VA career at the North Florida South Georgia VA Health Care System as a Staff Physician in Primary Care at the Villages, Florida CBOC. When The Villages Outpatient Clinic (TVOPC) opened in 2010, Dr. Loza became the first Chief of Primary Care at TVOPC. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Borys Loza received a B.A. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo in 1975. He earned his M.D. degree at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in 1983 and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the SUNY Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals in 1986. After completing six-months as Chief Medical Resident at the Buffalo VA in 1986, Dr. Loza entered the private practice of Primary Care Internal Medicine in the Buffalo area. ###

Dorene M. Sommers, RN, BSN, MBA, VHA-CM, Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Dorene M. Sommers, RN, BSN, MBA, VHA-CM | 814-860-2583

Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Ms. Dorene Sommers assumed the duties of Associate Director, Patient Care Services on May 22, 2011. As the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Ms. Sommers joins the Medical Center Director in the overall management efforts with the responsibility for nursing and administrative duties delegated to her. She is involved in budget formulation and execution, including workload planning and utilization management; recruitment and retention of nursing staff; accreditation and quality management activities; and adherence to nursing practice and ethical standards. She is responsible for the nursing care provided throughout the medical center and in the associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics and she provides oversight for Nutrition and Food Services, Chaplain Services, and the Sterile Processing Services. Ms. Sommers joined Erie VA Medical Center in January 2007 as the Associate Nurse Executive. Prior to that appointment, she was the Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition, she planned and implemented the opening of a Thoracic Surgery Care Unit. For several years she enjoyed working as a travelling nurse throughout the United States. Ms. Sommers received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1997. Later, she earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American College of Healthcare Executives, Nursing Organization of Veterans Affairs, and Sigma Theta Tau.

David C DiGiacomo, Associate Director

David C DiGiacomo | 814-860-2568

Associate Director

Mr. David DiGiacomo assumed the duties of the Associate Director on November 27, 2016 where he oversees management efforts for administrative and facility decisions including budget formulation and execution; staffing; facility planning; patient care services; and physical security. Previously, Mr. DiGiacomo served dual roles as the Compliance & Business Integrity Officer for both Butler VA Healthcare and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In these roles, he ensured that business activities and health information practices were conducted as per laws, regulations, and industry standards. Mr. DiGiacomo joined VA in 2000 as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), where he served as the Respiratory Therapy Manager from September 2002-June 2010. Mr. DiGiacomo received his RRT from St. Francis School of Respiratory Care/Point Park College in Pittsburgh.