Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Mark Morgan, MHA, FACHE | 918-577-3645
Medical Center Director
Mark Morgan was appointed Medical Center Director at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System on June 12, 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the facility’s $250 million annual budget and approximately 1,400 employees. As Chief Executive Officer, he provides leadership and strategic guidance to this primary and secondary care center that has 30 active health professional training affiliations, including an affiliation with the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.
The medical center serves a 25-county area with approximately 47,000 veterans enrolled. There are currently 89 operating beds, including inpatient behavioral health and inpatient rehabilitation. The medical center also operates an outpatient clinic at the Muskogee facility and community based outpatient clinics in Tulsa, Hartshorne, and Vinita, OK.
Morgan is a senior healthcare executive with over 28 years of experience in healthcare administration, strategic planning, operations, logistics, human resources, compliance, safety, security and emergency management.
Most recently, he was the Compliance and Business Integrity Officer for South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN) 16. Morgan has served in several key leadership positions including Acting Director for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Ark. and Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Miss., Associate Director of the Miami VA Health Care System and Assistant Director of the Portland VA Medical Center. He started his VA career in VISN 16 at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock as the Assistant Chief of the Central Business Office.
Morgan also served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer, and retired in 2007 after 20 years of active service. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Master's of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jonathan M. Plasencia, MBA, FACHE | 918-577-3642
Jonathan M. Plasencia, MBA, FACHE, was appointed Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System on May 1, 2017. Mr. Plasencia oversees all major administrative services that support quality patient-centered care.
The medical center serves a 25-county area with approximately 47,000 veterans currently enrolled. There are currently 89 operating beds, including inpatient behavioral health and inpatient rehabilitation. The medical center also operates an outpatient clinic at the Muskogee facility and community based outpatient clinics in Tulsa, Hartshorne and Vinita, OK.
As one of the leading employers in the city of Muskogee, the hospital has an annual budget in excess of $250 million and employs over 1,400 people. The hospital supports the National Cemetery in Fort Gibson and the Vet Center in Tulsa.
Mr. Plasencia began his VA career at the San Diego VA Health Care System as a Technical Career Field intern in November 2008. Upon successful completion of that program, he moved to the Long Beach VA Health Care System to be the Chief of Prosthetics from 2010 - 2014. He then became the Chief of Prosthetics at the Iowa City VA Health Care System until May 2017 where he won the Prosthetics Service of the Year in 2016. He also served in various leadership roles throughout the Veterans Health Administration and has a record of accomplishment in operational excellence.
Mr. Plasencia earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. He is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development Program and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran and served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Rudolf C. Ulirsch, MD | 918-577-3650
Chief of Staff
Dr. Rudolf C. Ulirsch was appointed Chief of Staff of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) on December 10, 2017. He is responsible for the clinical services such as Behavioral Health, Dental, Pathology, Laboratory, Primary Care, Medical Service, Radiology/Nuclear Medicine, Social Work and Surgery at the main hospital in Muskogee and the clinical services at the outpatient clinics located in Tulsa, Hartshorne, Vinita and Idabel.
Dr. Ulirsch previously worked at the Los Angeles VA Healthcare System as the Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service from April 2015 to December 2017. He also served in that same position at the Salem VA Medical Center from April 2012 to April 2015.
Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Ulirsch served in several leadership positions within the pathology and laboratory field throughout the United States and Germany. He also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps earning the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Service Medal.
He received his doctorate degree from Albany Medical College in New York and completed his graduate medical education at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif.
Bonnie Pierce, Ed.D., MSN, RN, CENP | 918-577-3759
Associate Director for Patient Care Services / Nurse Executive
Bonnie Pierce, Ed.D., MSN, RN, CENP, was appointed Associate Director of Patient Care Services for the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System on September 2, 2008. As Nurse Executive, Dr. Pierce is responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of inpatient nursing and for the Nursing Standards of Care and Practice in clinical units throughout the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center., and is responsible for Pharmacy, Chaplain Service and Sterile Processing Services.
Dr. Pierce previously worked as the Associate Chief for Nursing Service’s Financial Management Program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She also served as the Assistant Chief Nursing Service in Geriatrics and Rehabilitative care. Prior to that, she held positions as Nurse Manager in med/surg and long-term care. As a staff nurse, she worked in almost every area of Nursing – from inpatient to outpatient and from surgery to psychiatry.
Dr. Pierce received her diploma in Nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, earned a BSN and MSN in Nursing from California State University Dominguez Hills, in Carson, Calif., and Ed.D. in Organization Change from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, Calif.