VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
Amy Sanguinetti MD, PHD | 775-789-6610
Chief of Staff
Dr. Amy Sanguinetti serves as the Chief of Staff at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. She grew up in the central valley of California and moved to Reno during high school. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno for her undergraduate studies in health science and continued her education pursuing a doctoral degree in biochemistry. She completed her doctoral training under the training of Cynthia Mastick, PhD focusing on oxidative stress cellular signaling pathways related to diabetes. After earning her PhD in biochemistry, she completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship in electrophysiology studying calcium activated chloride channels in the laboratory of Normand Leblanc, PhD. She has had the privilege of publishing in multiple peer reviewed journals in the areas of protein biochemistry, cellular signaling and electrophysiology as well as attended and presented at multiple scientific meetings. Despite her love of science and discovery she felt a continued draw toward serving people directly as a physician. She was accepted into medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine graduating in 2008 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine in Reno, Nevada. Following residency she joined the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System as a primary care provider. Her passion for optimization and transformation peaked her interest in administrative processes and this led to an opportunity to serve as the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care and then later as Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care. In June of 2017 she joined the executive leadership team as the Deputy Chief of Staff. Dr. Sanguinetti has been recognized by Director Lisa Howard as well as by the Network Director for VISN 21 for her efforts in improvement in various facility processes and policy. In her role as the Chief of Staff she is excited to mentor and empower others toward reaching excellence in serving our Nation’s veterans.
Lisa Hamilton | 775-789-6630
Originally from Oklahoma City, she most recently served as Associate Director, Alexandria VA Health Care System, Pineville, Louisiana. While there, she developed process improvements and operational efficiencies as she helped develop a culture of High Reliability within the Operational Services Teams. Between 2011 – 2018, Ms. Hamilton served Veterans at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System (EOVAHCS) in a variety of roles including Chief, Prosthetics and Sensory Aid Service and Health System Specialist/Executive Assistant to the Associate Director, where she managed space planning and special projects. She has a background in procurement from contracting positions in VISN 16 and the VA Healthcare Systems in Long Beach and San Diego, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Hamilton completed multiple leadership details as Interim Associate Director at the VA Medical Center in Fort Harrison, Montana, and within Eastern Oklahoma she completed multiple Interim leadership roles as Associate Director, Chief of Community Care, and Chief, Engineering Service. Ms. Hamilton served as an instructor/facilitator for VISN 19’s Leadership Development Program from 2014 – 2018. During that time she advanced her professional competencies as a 2018 graduate of the Veterans Health Administration’s Health Care Leadership Development Program. She is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership VA. Ms. Hamilton earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Hawaii, and is a member of Rotary and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Hamilton’s family includes two adult sons – Ryan is a graduating Senior at the University of Arkansas and Kellen is a new Marine. She has two rescue pups: Miss Molly (an always anxious King Cavalier Spaniel/ShiZhu mix) and Benson (a 15 lb high-energy, always-in-trouble mutt)!
Jack Smith | 775-789-6630
Jack Smith was appointed as Associate Director for VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (SNHCS) in June 2016. Prior to this time, Mr. Smith served as the Facility Chief Information Officer at SNHCS since 2010. Prior to working for the VA, Mr. Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 31 years. During his military service, Mr. Smith had several command assignments both afloat and ashore. He also served in a variety of other assignments of increasing responsibility as his career progressed. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Mr. Smith earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Systems Management from Stanford University and has completed the 10-month U.S. Department of State’s executive leadership program, The Senior Seminar. Mr. Smith is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Bob Kimmel, M.D. | 775-789-6627
Acting Chief of Staff
Dr. Bob Kimmel was appointed to Deputy Chief Of Staff in January 2020. Born in Las Vegas, Dr. Robert "Bob" Kimmel's family moved to northern Nevada when he was three years old. A graduate of Reno High School (Go Huskies!), and the University of Utah, Bob studied medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He then did his residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin. After completing his residency, he opened a private family medicine practice in Dayton, Nevada where he served his patients for over eleven years. Dr. Kimmel came to the Reno VA Medical Center in 2008 as a Primary Care Provider in Ambulatory Care. He later became Chief of Ambulatory Care but continued to also provide direct care to Veterans as that is his love of medicine. In March 2019, Dr. Kimmel was named Associate Chief of Staff for Community Care, a new service department fully focused on rolling out and administering the VA Mission Act, enacted into law on June 6, 2019. We are pleased that Dr. Kimmel is serving as our Deputy Chief of Staff. Dr. Kimmel and his wife, Deb, live with their three rescue pups. Bob enjoys running and mountain biking throughout northern Nevada especially with the dogs beside him. Dr. Kimmel considers VA his home and loves serving Veterans. Working at VA has allowed him to focus on being a doctor and practicing a higher quality of care for our heroes.
Beverly Johnson, MHA, BSN, RN | 775-789-6636
Acting Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
Beveryly was appointed as the Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive in December 2019. At just nine years old, Mrs. Beverly Johnson, MHA, BSN, RN, knew she wanted to be a nurse. Three days after graduating from the University of North Dakota, she packed her car and moved to Sacramento, CA. Beverly quickly landed a position as an Obstetrics Nurse serving high-risk patients. Within a few years, she was one of the first nurses to serve in the 1980s as a telehealth nurse from Sacramento for women who were at high-risk of going into early labor. Mrs. Johnson transitioned into home infusion care in the community and was soon recruited by Kaiser Permanente Health System to create and implement their first Hospital-Based Home Infusion and PICC Program for multiple therapies. Promoted as Administrative Service Director in 2004 for the Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center, Beverly led nursing administration services, participated in the opening of a new trauma service, and implemented the Electronic Medical Record System (EMR), the alpha site for Kaiser. She was recruited to the Regional EMR Quality Lead position & oversaw EMR implementation for 21 hospitals in Northern California; focusing on quality, patient safety, & HRO training & metrics. In 2010, Beverly moved to Reno and, because her Veteran husband loved his VA care, in 2017, she joined the VA. In January 2020, Beverly joined the Leadership Team at the Reno VA. Her experience and knowledge are a tremendous asset to our Veterans patients and she is excited to serve our nation's heroes.