Leadership Team - Veteran Health Indiana
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Veteran Health Indiana


Leadership Team

Laura E. Ruzick, Medical Center Director

Laura E. Ruzick | 317-988-2206

Medical Center Director

Ms. Ruzick was appointed Executive Director, Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis in May 2020. In this role, she oversees a complex healthcare system with an operating budget of over $650M. With over 3500 employees and highly developed programs in primary care, mental health, specialty care, research and social services, Ms. Ruzick ensures high quality healthcare for 63,000 Veterans in central and southern Indiana at 13 sites of care. Ms. Ruzick has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience across a broad spectrum of leadership assignments. She previously served as the Associate Director at Indianapolis for three years overseeing administrative operations and served in the same role in Columbus, OH at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center. She was detailed to Cincinnati VAMC in 2015 also as the Associate Director. Before transitioning into these operational assignments, she served as a Health Systems Specialist in the VISN 10 Network Office in various assignments across the region and nationally. Ms. Ruzick joined the VA in 2004 as a Nurse Manager at Hines VA in Chicago. Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Ruzick managed a private surgical practice in Chicago and worked as a Registered Nurse in several management and front-line assignments in critical care and emergency management across the Chicagoland area. Ms. Ruzick holds Bachelor degrees from Xavier University, OH and Lewis University and an MBA from Lewis University in Illinois. She is a 2010 graduate of the Executive Career Field Development Program, a Certified Mentor and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Vamsee Potluri, Associate Director

Vamsee Potluri | 317-988-2930

Associate Director

On November 22, 2020, Vamsee Potluri was appointed as the Associate Director of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN. A Houston native, Vamsee Potluri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2011 and dual master’s degrees, in Health Care Administration and Business Administration in 2013, all from the University of Houston. He then completed an Administrative Fellowship with the VA Capitol Health Care Network in 2014 and is a graduate of the VHA 2018 Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). In 2018, he was also recognized with the American College of Health Care Executive’s Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Regent Award. Vamsee Potluri is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Mr. Potluri most recently served as the Chief of the Business Office/Patient Care Administrative Service at the VA Northeast Ohio Health Care System. Mr. Potluri served as the Executive Administrative Officer to the Associate Director for Finance and assisted in the development of the Healthcare and Business Operations Department at the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). Prior to that, he served in various roles to include the Ambulatory Care Operations Director-Group Practice Manager, the Business Manager for Ambulatory and Emergency Care Clinical Center (AECCC) and Health System Specialist to the Chief of Staff for the VAMHCS. Mr. Potluri serves as a VA national subject matter expert on Clinic Practice Management and he chairs numerous national committees and workgroups. Mr. Potluri has developed a number of Business Intelligence tools which are nationally recognized for improving efficiency and access to care. Mr. Potluri also served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives.

Sunil Tholpady, Acting Chief of Staff

Sunil Tholpady | 317-988-2160

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Tholpady was appointed as the Acting Chief of Staff of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN in February 2021. Originally from Southwest Virginia, he earned undergraduate degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He later earned an MD, MS (health statistics), and PhD (molecular biology) from the University of Virginia and a post-doctoral fellowship in regenerative medicine. Dr. Tholpady is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has taken care of Veterans with melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma and surgically amenable chronic pain for the past 10 years. Administratively, he has served as the Chief of Quality, Safety, and Value (QSV) since October of 2017.

Cathy Lee-Sellers, Assistant Director

Cathy Lee-Sellers | 317-988-2207

Assistant Director

Mrs. Lee-Sellers joined the Indianapolis VA Medical Center as the Assistant Director in January 2012 bringing many years of clinical and administrative expertise. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director, Office of Specialty Care Transformation, standing-up a new T21 department that transforms Specialty Care to a patient-centric system in which the Veteran is the driver of health care delivery. She developed the strategic plan that defines and facilitates Specialty Care Services programs interface with Primary Care and the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to ensure the delivery of services across VHA and Veterans Administration (VA) are coordinated, timely, accessible, and high quality. Prior to that, Mrs. Lee-Sellers was the Chief Recreation Therapy Service at the Northport VA Medical Center, providing leadership and administration for Recreation Therapy at the medical center, outpatient clinics, home based primary care and in the community. Because of her expertise, she was often called upon to serve as the Acting Associate Director, participating as a full member of the Senior Management Team. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has been active in Minority Veterans Programs, serving as a coordinator while Chief Recreation Therapy. She has also been active with EEO programs, serving as an EEO Counselor as well as a Program Manager for EEO programs. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Recreation for Special Populations and Therapeutic Recreation. She has attained a Minor in Psychology. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Mrs. Lee-Sellers is a 2008 graduate of Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program and a 2006 graduate of Leadership VA. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has received numerous awards for leadership and innovation and has served on many committees, review teams and advisory groups.

Christie Artuso, Associate Director/PCS

Christie Artuso | 317-988-3102

Associate Director/PCS

Christie Artuso, Ed.D., RN, FACHE was appointed Associate Director Patient Care Services, Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis in September, 2018. In this role, she is responsible for the practice of nursing 24/7 for all registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, licensed practical nurses nursing assistants and other assigned allied health staff regardless of line of authority. She is accountable for the operations of the Inpatient Units, Emergency Services, Social Work Services, Food & Nutrition Services, Sterile Processing Services and Respiratory Therapy. She oversees over 1200 employee, as well as inpatient and outpatient clinical and procedural services. Dr. Artuso has over 40 years of healthcare experience across diverse settings including university affiliated medical centers and academic institutions as well as community and rural healthcare settings. She has worked extensively with the provision of care through technology and telemedicine, in primary, specialty and critical care settings. Her leadership experience includes organization, community and regional program development, operations management, the development and management of high-performing nationally accredited programs, and service as corporate sponsor and liaison for strategic initiatives within the organization and community. Prior to joining the VA as an ADPCS, Dr. Artuso served Providence Health and Services Washington as the Regional Director for Professional Practice, Education and Research after serving the same organization for 10 years in the State of Alaska as the Director for Neuroscience Services. Prior to these roles, she held both leadership and clinical positions, including the position of Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care settings. She has also served on the Certification Corporation Board of Directors for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and as Director-at-Large for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. In 2014, Dr. Artuso was recognized by the American Heart Association as the Volunteer of the Year for the Western States Affiliate. Dr. Artuso holds a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Arts degree in Nursing Education from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University, and a Diploma in Nursing from Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing. She is board certified as a healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives, is a fellow with the American Heart Association, and holds several certifications in clinical areas of expertise.

Helen Fosmire, Deputy Chief of Staff

Helen Fosmire | 317-988-2160

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Helen Fosmire was originally appointed Deputy Chief of Staff on October 1, 2018. She started her VA career as Chief of the Radiation Oncology Service in 2011. Dr. Fosmire received her MD from The University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She subsequently served on faculty at the University of Arizona Department of Radiation Oncology before moving to private practice as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi and returning to academic medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2009. She is board certified in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Fosmire has Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma. She has won the Indiana University School of Medicine Trustee Teaching Award and the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Educator of the Year Award. She has 45 publications; including the first report of the use of Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery. Dr. Fosmire has chaired the VA National Radiation Oncology Palliative Care Task Force, the VISN 11 Clinical High Cost Acquisition Committee, the Roudebush VA Tumor Conference, the Roudebush VA Radiation Safety Committee, and the Roudebush VA Cancer Committee. She led VA Surgical and Specialty Collaborative Teams focusing and Head and Neck Cancer and Medical Oncology flow. Dr. Fosmire has received the Leadership Award of the American Cancer Society and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Cancer Society.

Marshall Jones, Associate Chief of Staff

Marshall Jones | 317-988-2160

Associate Chief of Staff

Dr. Marshall Jones served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff from December 2017 through December 2018. In December 2018, Dr. Jones was appointed as the Associate Chief of Staff and continues to serve as the Chief of Pharmacy Service for Veterans Health Indiana. Dr. Jones has served as the Chief of Pharmacy Service since July 2004, where he is responsible for overseeing the clinical and distribution pharmacy operations for over 60,000 Veterans annually. Dr. Jones entered pharmacy practice at Roudebush as the clinical pharmacy specialist for the medical intensive care unit. In 2010, Dr. Jones was charged with standing up a pharmacy call center for the former VISN 11 on the campus of Ft. Benjamin Harrison on the east side of Indianapolis to meet the medication & informational needs of Veterans in Indiana, central Illinois and Michigan. Dr. Jones served as the executive over the VISN 11 Pharmacy Call Center until the group was incorporated into the new VISN 10 Pharmacy Contact Center in January 2017. Dr. Jones is highly involved in pharmacy healthcare trainee programs. He currently serves on the VACO Pharmacy Program Office Residency Advisory Board and the Butler University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Experiential Committee. In 2010, Dr. Jones and team were awarded the VA USH Award for Innovation for the facility’s non-traditional residency program. Dr. Jones has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a MBA from Butler University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center.

Timothy A. Spaulding, Deputy Associate Director of PCS

Timothy A. Spaulding | 317-988-3904

Deputy Associate Director of PCS

Mr. Spaulding currently serves as the Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services. Mr. Spaulding has been successful in leading results-driven progress in both the outpatient and inpatient areas of health care for over 20 years. Mr. Spaulding joined the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in January 2009 as an outpatient unit manager. He served in that role for 5 years and implemented several programmatic and infrastructure changes that were instrumental in the successful operation of the Indianapolis Ambulatory Care program. Mr. Spaulding went on to serve as the Chief of Inpatient Medicine Service for about 6 years before being selected to his current role. Mr. Spaulding earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) with a concentration in health care.