Leadership Team - VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
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VA Salt Lake City Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Shella Stovall, MNA, RN, NE-BC, Medical Center Director

Shella Stovall, MNA, RN, NE-BC

Medical Center Director

Shella Stovall was appointed Medical Center Director, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) on June 11, 2017. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Stovall served as Acting Director for VASLCHCS for 15 months. As Director, she is responsible for overseeing operations, clinical programs, and finances of the health care system which had an annual operating budget of $583 million and over 2,600 employees, a 128-bed health care system serving over 63,000 Veterans with nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Previously, Ms. Stovall served as Associate Director, Patient Care Services at VASLCHCS for 7 years, and has a total of 30 years of federal service. Ms. Stovall began her VA career in 1984 at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System where she was a staff nurse on the night shift. Her previous leadership roles include Nurse Manager, ACNS Ambulatory Care, Associate Director, Patient Care Services for VA Salt Lake City. In addition, she has had some unique volunteer experiences as a nurse for the American Red Cross during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Ms. Stovall graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from Newman Hospital School of Nursing, Emporia, KS in 1984. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing (BSN) at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT in 1989 she later received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Phoenix in 1993. Her research interest is in moral courage in Senior Leaders. Ms. Stovall is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and American College of Healthcare Executives. She has attained American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification in Nursing Administration. She is a graduate of the 2009 Executive Career Field Class. She holds a voluntary adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Utah.

Angela D Williams, PharmD, MS, VHA-CM, Assistant Director

Angela D Williams, PharmD, MS, VHA-CM | 801-582-1565 Ext. 4608

Assistant Director

Dr. Williams joined VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in May 2019. She has extensive leadership experience in healthcare operations within VHA serving in such roles as Pharmacy Director, Acting Associate Director of Operations and Finance, Acting Assistant Director, Interim Chief of Environmental Management Service, Interim Chief of Human Resources, and most recently Site Manager at the Grand Island VA Medical Facility in Nebraska. Her long-standing and varied career within VHA demonstrates exceptional talent in leading change and building solid professional coalitions. Dr. Williams graduated from Occidental College in Glendale, Calif. with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and then in 1988, graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Her education did not end there; Dr. Williams went on to receive a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Operations from Nebraska Methodist University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Professionals and American College of Clinical Pharmacists.

Karen H. Gribbin, MD, Chief of Staff

Karen H. Gribbin, MD | 801-582-1565 Ext. 1505

Chief of Staff

Dr. Gribbin joined the VA Salt Lake City’s leadership team in January 2012. She spent the first 20 years of her VA career at the Jack C. Montgomery VAMC in Muskogee, OK, where she served as a Primary Care physician, Chief of Medicine, and Chief of Staff. She received her undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology from Stanford University. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma and the Medical College of Ohio. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Gribbin is also a graduate of VHA’s Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program. Dr. Gribbin is responsible for the medical care provided to our Veterans in Utah, eastern Nevada, and southeastern Idaho. The physician led services report to her, as well as Pharmacy and Audiology & Speech Pathology. She also oversees very vibrant Research and Education programs, consistent with VA’s mission. Dr. Gribbin holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Utah’s School of Medicine and, also, serves as the Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs.

Kimberly Denning, MSN, RN, Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Kimberly Denning, MSN, RN | 801-582-1565

Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Ms. Denning serves as a member of VA Salt Lake City leadership with direct oversight of Nursing Service, Sterile Processing Service, Social Work Service, Patient Centered Care, Nutrition and Food Service, Chaplain Service. Ms. Denning has vast experience in organizational management, process improvement, staff development and conflict resolution. Ms. Denning strives for excellence in healthcare using LEAN principles, evidence-based practice and data analytics to improve safety and organizational practice. Ms. Denning graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marion University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Denning is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and various other nursing organizations. Ms. Denning is also a graduate of the VHA Healthcare Leadership Development program.