SEMINOLE – Dr. Dominique Thuriere was recently named the new chief of staff of Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. A reception to introduce Thuriere was held Jan. 29 at the medical center.
The celebration came on the heels of a system-wide announcement made by Suzanne Klinker, director of Bay Pines VAHCS, on Jan. 9 informing employees that Thuriere was selected for the organization’s top clinical executive position.
Prior to Thuriere’s appointment, she served as the healthcare system’s chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service since 2000 prior to becoming the organization’s acting chief of staff last June.
As the chief of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service, she provided oversight and held responsibility for a large and complex mental health service comprised of 14 subspecialty programs staffed by 138 mental health professionals.
During her tenure as chief, the service expanded exponentially and was recognized by the VA as one of the best mental health services in the nation.
“Dr. Thuriere’s collaborative spirit, interest in innovation, and dedication to mentoring today’s and tomorrow’s health care professionals all while being an active participant in the community makes her an ideal leader for Bay Pines VA Healthcare System,” Klinker said.
Thuriere started her VA career in 1990 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa as an inpatient psychiatrist and joined the staff at Bay Pines in 1993. In addition to her work in VA, she also has a faculty appointment at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
Thuriere is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo College of Medicine and completed her residency training in New York City at the North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
“I come to work every day with a clear and singular purpose: to treat veterans with compassion and to offer them the highest quality care,” Thuriere said. “If I have accomplished this so far, it is only because I have been fortunate enough to work with extremely talented and dedicated VA health care professionals that come to work every day with that same mission.
“I am extremely honored to have been named chief of staff,” she added, “and look forward to working with all of our clinical and administrative professionals at Bay Pines as we continue to provide the very best health care services to our veterans.”
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff. The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities accredit the facility.
The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement.
The organization operates nine health care facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 veterans while providing a full range of medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.