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.
Michael I. Prior, MD, MHA, FACC, FHRS | 918-577-3650
Chief of Staff
Dr. Michael Prior was appointed Chief of Staff of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) on September 16, 2018.
He is responsible for the clinical services such as Behavioral Medicine, 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.
Prior joined EOVAHCS in January 2018 as the Deputy Chief of Staff. He previously worked at the Marion VA Medical Center in Illinois as the Director of Heart Rhythm and Cardiac Device Management in the Cardiology Department from 2014 to 2017. He also worked in Cardiology at the St. Louis VA Medical Center from 2012 to 2014.
He received his medical degree from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines, completing his medical education with the New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry (Fifth Pathway Clinical Clerkship) the following year.
After concluding his Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, he went to Cardiology Fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Most recently, he earned a graduate business degree with a master’s in Health Administration from St. Louis University, College of Public Health and Social Justice.
Dr. Prior is a Diplomate with the American Board of Internal Medicine with board certification in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is also a fellow member of the American College of Cardiology, a Silver Heart member of the Clinical Council for the American Heart Association, and a member of the ACHE Physician Executives Forum.
Carol Rueter, Ed.D., MSN, RN | 918-577-3759
Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services / Nurse Executive
Carol Rueter was appointed Acting Associate Director of Patient Care Services at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System on Nov. 1, 2018. As Acting Nurse Executive, Dr. Rueter 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 medical center.
Dr. Rueter transferred to EOVAHCS as the Chief Nurse of Outpatient Services in April 2017. She began her VA career in 2008 at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center (VAMC) in New York and has also worked at the Tampa, Fla., and Dublin, Ga., VAMCs before coming to Muskogee.
She began her nursing career after graduating from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in New York with an Associate of Applied Science degree. Dr. Rueter continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Phoenix.