VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
Susan Fuehrer | 216-791-3800 x4000
Healthcare System Director
Susan M. Fuehrer joined the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System in May 1986 and has risen through the ranks to become CEO in September 2010. She serves as the leader and visionary for the healthcare system, while ensuring alignment with VA strategic initiatives. Mrs. Fuehrer has over 32 years of leadership experience with VA and is a recognized trailblazer in the Veterans Health Administration, making transparent, data-driven decisions on behalf of Veterans, staff and tax payers.
Mrs. Fuehrer completed her Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mrs. Fuehrer serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Red Cross, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the Center for Health Affairs, the American Hospital Association, Cleveland’s Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Federal Executive Board.
Vacant | 216-791-3800 x4006
Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff position is currently vacant. Dr. Murray Altose, retired effective April 2018. In his absence the Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Margaret Kinnard is Acting Chief of Staff.
Innette Sarduy, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC | 216-791-3800 x5100
Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
Dr. Innette Sarduy became Associate Director of Patient Care Services in December 2012. Previously, she served for 12 years at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida as the Chief Nurse for Acute Care. Dr. Sarduy holds an adjunct faculty appointment with Case Western Reserve University Francis Payne Bolton (FPB) School of Nursing and is the Chair of the FPB Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Council. She is also on the advisory council for Ursuline and Notre Dame Colleges’ Schools of Nursing.
Andrew Pacyna | 216-791-3800 x4000
Deputy Healthcare System Director
Andrew D. Pacyna became Deputy Director in November 2015. He returned to Northeast Ohio to become the Associate Director of the healthcare system in 2014. Mr. Pacyna started his career with the VA as a Graduate Health Administration Program (GHAP) Resident at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. After completing his training and first position at the Syracuse VA, Mr. Pacyna went on to hold positions with the VA Maryland Health Care System and the Clement J. Zablockie VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Mr. Pacyna also served as the Acting Director for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in 2017.
Beth A. Lumia | 216-791-3800 x4000
Associate Healthcare System Director
Beth A. Lumia became the Associate Director in July 2016. She came to Northeast Ohio from the Bath VA Medical Center in New York where she was the Care Line Manager for the Medical Service and the Diagnostics and Therapeutics Service since 2009. Ms. Lumia also served as the VA Care in the Community Program Manager since 2015. She started her career with the VA in 2003 as a social worker, has accepted several national details in Washington, D.C., and served as the Acting Associate Director for the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania from July 2013 to September 2013.