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Phoenix VA Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Deborah Amdur

Deborah Amdur | 602-277-5551 x7891

Medical Center Director

Ms. Amdur was appointed Medical Center Director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System effective December 2015. In this position, she oversees all aspects of this complexity level 1b, tertiary care hospital providing a full range of services to over 86,000 Arizona Veterans. Established in 1951, the hospital also operates community health care clinics in Gilbert, Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Payson (Contract), Show Low, Globe and Surprise, Arizona. The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology and research. The hospital has 166 hospital beds, 104 Long Term Care Beds, and 24 Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program beds.

Ms. Amdur previously served as Medical Center Director in White River Junction (WRJ), Vermont, a complexity level 2 facility with a catchment area of over 73,000 Veterans who reside in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Ms. Amdur started her career as a social work intern at the St. Louis VA Medical Center over 20 years ago. She has held progressive leadership positions including Deputy Director for Health, Federal Recovery Coordination Program, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs at VA Central Office and Assistant Director at the Washington D.C. VAMC. She also served as Chief of Social Work at the Ann Arbor and D.C. VAMCs and the Director of Home Based Primary Care at the Durham VA. In her recent role as Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work Service, Ms. Amdur was instrumental in the development and implementation of VA's national caregiver support program.

Ms. Amdur holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Portrait of Steven R Hillberg

Steven R Hillberg | (602)277-5551

Deputy Medical Center Director

Mr. Steve Hillberg was appointed the Deputy Director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System in November 2015. In his role Mr. Hillberg helps direct a level 1b tertiary care facility serving Veterans in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as outpatient clinics located in Gilbert, Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Payson (Contract), Show Low, Globe and Surprise, Arizona.

Mr. Hillberg has over 11 years of experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs and has served in progressive roles of responsibility during this time. He began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Revenue Manager for the Medical Care Cost Recovery program at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD starting in 2005. He later performed duties as the Facility Strategic Planner and as the Acting Chief of Engineering Service, Business Office Manager and Associate Director positions before relocating to VISN 18 in 2011. During his time in VISN 18, Mr. Hillberg has held the Strategic Planner position as well as served a 13-month period as the Acting VISN 18 Deputy Network Director overseeing the non-clinical operations of the Network. He also performed extended Interim Associate Director duties at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System and Phoenix VA Health Care System. Mr. Hillberg has served on national Committees in both Strategic Planning and Systems Redesign programs.

Mr. Hillberg received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Service Administration and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and an active member of ACHE. He is also a 2012 graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. Mr. Hillberg is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, married, and has children.

Portrait of Linette Baker

Linette Baker | (602) 222-6444

Acting Associate Director

Linette L. Baker, MPA, was appointed as the Associate Director at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, effective April 8, 2013.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Baker served as the Chief, Human Resources Service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System from May, 2011 until her assignment to Salisbury and Chief, Health Administration Service from February 2009 through May 2011. Prior to her assignment in San Diego, Ms. Baker served in several roles at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ from 2004 – 2009, culminating in her selection as the Assistant Chief, Health Administration Service in 2008. She also worked as a Program Specialist to the VBA Western Area Director from 2002 – 2004. She has served on several national committees in the Chief Business Office related to beneficiary travel, and is currently serving on the PACT Advisory Group and MSA Onboarding Committee. Ms. Baker is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving for 24 years before her retirement in 2002. Her assignments include the 86th Dental Squadron Superintendent at Ramstein AB, Germany, 86th Medical Group Quality Advisor, Kadena AB, Japan and C-141 Loadmaster Technical Training Instructor at Altus AFB, OK. She was deployed during Operation Desert Storm.
Ms. Baker holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Vocational Education degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
She is a graduate of VHA Health Care Leadership and Development Program. She received several military awards during her Air Force career, to include the Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation Medals, Combat Readiness medal and the AF Achievement Medals. She was also the Pacific Air Forces Senior NCO of the Year, Air Mobility Command NCO of the Year and the USAF Academy Airman of the Year.

Portrait of Darren Deering, MD

Darren Deering, MD | (602) 222-6444

Chief of Staff

Portrait of Alyshia W Smith

Alyshia W Smith | 602-277-5551 x6572

Nurse Executive

Dr. Alyshia Smith joined the Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, Arizona on September 21, 2015 as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (Nurse Executive). Her areas of responsibility include the oversight of the Nursing Service, Social Work Service, Sterile Processing Service, and the Chaplain Service.

Dr. Smith began her nursing career as a staff nurse on a cardiac surgery unit, in a large, complex private sector hospital in Washington, DC., with progressive leadership experience as nurse manager, clinical specialist and Senior Nursing Director. Her VA career began in 2010 as the Deputy Chief Nurse Executive (DCNE). As the DCNE for Outpatient Nursing Services, Dr. Smith was the senior nurse leader for primary and specialty care, and the Emergency Department. She later served as the Deputy Chief Nurse Executive for Inpatient Operations, with nursing responsibility for the inpatient acute care units, perioperative services, specialty clinics and the Emergency Department. Some of the programs and initiatives she lead included inpatient hospital flow, patient satisfaction, and implementation of the Stroke Program.

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland. She has a clinical faculty appointment with the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive, Advanced