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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois


Leadership Team

Portrait of Shawn M. Bransky

Shawn M. Bransky | 217-554-5073

Medical Center Director

Shawn M. Bransky was appointed as the Executive Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois on May 26, 2019.

He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Bransky had direct oversight of the following services: Fiscal, Logistics, Engineering, Capital Planning, Patient Scheduling/Call Center, Community Managed Care, and Human Resources, with a combined workforce of over 850 staff. The Phoenix VA Healthcare System serves over 91,000 Veterans in Arizona, providing acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care with an annualized budget of $900 million.

Mr. Bransky began his career with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2014, serving as the Chief Fiscal Officer, then Associate Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System in Anchorage, Alaska. He led a total staff of 228 personnel in several departments, to include Human Resources, Facility Management, Fiscal, Logistics, Public Affairs and Police Operations, supporting health care operations for 34,000 enrolled Veterans throughout the State of Alaska.

He has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience. Prior to serving Veterans in the VA, he served more than 21 years in the United States Air Force in a variety of leadership positions at both the facility and Headquarter levels, to include Chief Financial Officer, Managed Care Director and Administrator for both medical and surgical clinics, retiring in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. His last assignment was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Group Practice Manager for the 673d Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Mr. Bransky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree at Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Chapman University. He is also a recipient of several military medals, to include the Bronze Star, following his deployment in support of Operation End

Portrait of Diana Carranza, FACHE

Diana Carranza, FACHE | 217 554-5074

Associate Director

Diana Carranza has served as the Associate Director of the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) since February 6, 2006.

Ms. Carranza began her career as a Resident Engineer for the Office of Construction Management. She has worked at the VA West Roxbury, MA, St. Albans (Queens) N.Y., and East Orange, NJ. She worked in VA Central Office in Washington, DC as a Project Manager and Executive Assistant for the Office of Construction. She then served as Associate Chief Engineer at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and as Chief Engineer at the VA San Francisco, CA before ultimately coming to Danville, IL.

Ms. Carranza is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her coursework included Construction Management, Transportation engineering, and environmental engineering. Ms. Carranza received her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

Ms. Carranza is a graduate of Leadership VA (1993), Healthcare Leadership Institute (2004), and Executive Career Field (2004a class). She is also a certified Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Kelley A Sermak

Kelley A Sermak | 217-554-5070

Associate Director Patient Care/Nurse Executive

Ms. Kelley Sermak was appointed Acting Director of VAIHCS on July 16, 2018. Ms. Kelley Sermak, RN, MSHSA has served as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services since March 20, 2016. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Lakeview College of Nursing, Danville, Illinois, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois.

Ms. Sermak began her nursing career in 1985 at United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, Illinois. She began her VA career in 2003 at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois as a Performance Improvement Nurse. In 2008, she went to the VISN 11 Network office in Ann Arbor, MI as the Deputy, Quality Management Officer and went on to become the VISN Quality Management Officer. In 2013, Ms. Sermak went to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where she served as the Deputy, Associate Director of Patient Care Services. In 2015, she provided nursing leadership at the West Texas Health Care System, in Big Spring Texas, as the Acting, ADPCS. She also served as the Acting, Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Battle Creek VA. Throughout Ms. Sermak's career she has worked with all disciplines to improve the quality of patient care. She is proud of the opportunities she has had to coach and mentor nurses who are now in leadership positions. Ms. Sermak is involved in local and national Nursing Organizations.

Portrait of Dean DAS Shoucair, DO, MPH

Dean DAS Shoucair, DO, MPH | 217-554-5077

Chief of Staff

On December 10, 2017 Dr. Dean Shoucair was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the VA Illiana Health Care System. Dr. Shoucair is board certified in Occupational/Preventative/Environmental Medicine. Dr. Shoucair earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has a BA undergraduate from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in public health from the medical college in of Wisconsin.

Dr. Shoucair is a U.S. Army Veteran of 34 years of combined active, reserve and National Guard service. He currently serves in the Illinois National Guard as a Colonel.