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VA Central California Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Stephen R. Bauman

Stephen R. Bauman | 559-225-6100, ext. 5400

Medical Center Director, VA Central CA Health Care System

Stephen R. Bauman is the Director of the VA Central California Health Care System. He was appointed to the position in November 2015.

Mr. Bauman is responsible for the delivery of health care for approximately 96,000 Veterans throughout Northern California with an annual operating budget of $212 million. VACCHCS is comprised of a Level 2 complexity Medical Center in Fresno, CA and outpatient clinics in Tulare, Merced and Oakhurst, California.

His previous positions include Deputy Network Director for VA Sierra Pacific Network - VISN 21, supporting the health care for over 375,000 Veterans at 49 geographically dispersed sites of care in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Islands throughout the Pacific; with an annual operating budget of over $2.5 billion and over 11,000 employees. He also served as the Acting Director, Greater Los Angeles Health Care System and Acting Director, VA Central California Health Care System. In addition, he served as the Chief Logistics Officer in VISN 21 and VA Northern California Health Care System as well as the Acting VHA Deputy Chief Logistics Officer.

Mr. Bauman completed a 36 year career in the US Navy (combined active and reserve). He is a Vietnam era veteran and was activated in support of Operation Desert Storm. He also completed a tour in Iraq and Kuwait in 2004 as a Command Master Chief in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Bauman holds numerous educational credentials to include:
2013 Excellence in Government Fellows Program, Partnership for Public Service, Washington DC
2012 Medical Logistics - Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2011 Bachelor of Science (magnum cum laude), Grantham University, Lenexa, KS
2011 Federal Acquisition Institute, FAC P/PM Certification
2010 Operations Management for Healthcare Professionals, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA
1993 Associate of Arts in Business, Chabot College, Hayward, CA

Portrait of Demitric Franklin

Demitric Franklin | 559-225-6100, ext. 5337

Associate Director, VA Central CA Health Care System

Demitric Franklin was named Associate Director at the VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) in May 2016.

Mr. Franklin’s management philosophy focuses on bringing dignity, knowledge, and personal empowerment to every individual. He feels personally responsible for the long-term security of those he serves within VHA. He is also proud to have mentored many to advance their careers into roles of increasing responsibility. It’s through these principles that Mr. Franklin has been successful in pioneering many process changes, throughout various organizations, resulting in improved quality of care, cultural transformation and improved work environments.

Mr. Franklin’s previous positions include Health Systems Specialist for the VA Sierra Pacific Network, with responsibilities in clinical analytics, informatics and sensory aids. He also served as the Network leader of Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service, as well as, Health Systems Specialist at the North Chicago VA Medical Center.

Mr. Franklin earned his Master’s in Health Administration from Saint Louis University and has many years’ experience managing multiple teams and projects. He has extensive expertise with health care operations that have resulted in the enhancement of management, performance, and an improved workplace.

Portrait of Wessel Meyer, M.D., FACP

Wessel Meyer, M.D., FACP | 559-225-6100, ext. 5337

Chief of Staff, VA Central CA Health Care System

Dr. Wessel H. Meyer is the Chief of Staff at the VA Central California Health Care System. He was appointed to the position in August 2009.

Dr. Meyer is a highly respected executive, clinician, teacher and mentor. He began his VA career as Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System (VAEKHCS) in Leavenworth KS in 1997. Since then, he has served in progressively responsible positions as Medicine Service Line Manager in the VAEKHCS; Director of Graduate Medical Education, VAEKHCS; Chief of Medical Subspecialty Care, Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVAMC); Associate Chief of Staff for Education, KCVAMC; Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Medicine, KCVAMC. In 2008, he served as Acting Chief of Staff at KCVAMC for nine months. In addition, he held the position of Vice Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Executive Career Field Class of 2008, participated in the VISN 15 LEAD program and has chaired and served on numerous local/VISN-level committees. Dr. Meyer served as the Acting Director VA Central California Health Care System from May 2014 to August 2015.

Dr. Meyer holds an MBChB in Medicine and Surgery (Cum laude) from the University of Pretoria Medical School in Pretoria, South Africa. He completed an Internship and served as Medical Officer for the Department of Internal Medicine at the Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Following his military service with South Africa’s Northern Medical Command, he returned to the University of Pretoria Medical School and completed an Internal Medicine Residency. After relocating to the United States, he completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas. Dr. Meyer is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Portrait of Charles V. Silveri, RN, MS

Charles V. Silveri, RN, MS | 559-225-6100, ext. 5118

ADPCS/Chief Nurse Executive, VA Central CA Health Care System

Associate Director Patient Care Services / Chief Nurse Executive

Charles Silveri, RN, MS is the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive (ADPCS/CNE) at the VA Central California Health Care System. He was appointed to the position in December 2014.

He has program responsibility and accountability for the development and administration of Nursing, Sterile Processing, and the Chaplain Service. Prior to assuming Nurse Executive, Mr. Silveri was the ADPCS/CNE for the West Texas VA Health Care System located in Big Spring, Texas from 2012 to 2014. He had program responsibility and administration of Nursing, Social Work, SPS, Chaplain Service, OEF/OIF/OND, and Women's Health.

Mr. Silveri began his nursing career in 1997 at Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System located in Tucson, Arizona. He has spent the past 16 years in progressive nursing leadership positions as Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager, and Nursing Supervisor. He has worked throughout his career with all disciplines to improve the quality of patient care. Mr. Silveri is involved in local and national Nursing Organizations. Mr. Silveri is proud of the opportunities he has had to coach and mentor nurses who are now in leadership positions.

Mr. Silveri received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.