Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
VAMC Deputy Chief of Staff Happy with Choosing VA
From her humble beginnings in rural Ohio and later on Southern Idaho farmland, Dr. Rebecca Meiers, has turned her passion for medicine, medical training and service to others - into a fulfilling career choice at VA.
The Deputy Chief of Staff at Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VAMC, Dr. Rebecca Meiers calls her decision to join VA in 2015, a privilege to care for our nation’s military Veterans. She also enjoys being able to mentor aspiring nurses and young physicians, by advancing VA’s whole health care model to help Veterans achieve their health care goals. “Veterans motivate me to give it my all,” she smiles, and admits that her admiration begins with her family, beginning with a WW-II U.S. Army Veteran and former Prisoner of War who happens to be her 96-year old father. She has three brothers who have served the military and her own son, is a Navy Corpsman.
As for VA, Dr. Meiers is quick to acknowledge the career advancement and leadership opportunities, for the agency dedicated to serving more than 20-million American Veterans. “VA presents professional development and growth opportunities that are just unavailable in the private sector,” she said. She also points to the broad network of VA’s 1200-plus health care facilities throughout the country, supporting career advancement, training, and relocation options for those wanting to become VA health care professionals. “This is an exciting time for VA, and I am enjoying working with a dedicated and compassionate group of colleagues,” as she also acknowledged the planned expansion of Primary Care services offered by MGVAMC.
In addition, Dr. Meiers sees tremendous promise for VA through local Graduate Medical Education and the need for advanced training by more medical students looking for their own opportunities in Spokane and Eastern Washington. The spotlight on Spokane’s VA is also brighter with the announcement that MGVAMC is among the first (along with VA’s Puget Sound Health Care System) to embark on a VA-wide, $10 Billion-dollar Electronic Health Record Modernization effort. Dr.Meiers has already been through conversion to a new electronic health record – while working in the private sector, prior to joining VA. She, along with Dr. David Sams, Chief of Primary Care at MGVAMC held their unit’s Strategic Planning session last month, and a large part of the focus is to mitigate any issues that could cause a disruption in patient care during the development and deployment phases of the new electronic health record.
Dr. Meiers is as driven and focused, as she is patient and compassionate towards her own loved ones, the Veterans she serves, and the VA team she helps direct at Spokane’s VA – which celebrated 70-years in 2018. Her life has included the blessings of raising two children, a rural dairy farm lifestyle, pets, and constant adventure, for this self-proclaimed “free spirit” who enjoys everything from a good hike, to hand-crafting her own jewelry. You can even ask her about her own bear spray to keep you safe in the woods.
The combination of her life experiences and professional know-how make Dr. Rebecca Meiers a valuable member of the team at Mann-Grandstaff VAMC. You just never know who you’re going to meet at VA.