Katrina (Kate) Hansen-Schmitt was appointed Associate Chief of Nursing, Geriatrics and Extended Care at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS) on August 16, 2013 and is currently serving as Associate Director, Patient Care Services Nurse Executive. Prior to this appointment she held the position as the Nurse Practitioner for Home Based Primary Care on the island of Maui (2006-2013). Kate has served in the VA for 13 years, coming to the VAPIHCS from New Orleans, LA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2007 after 20 years of service as Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps.
Kate provides oversight of the VA PIHCS Community Living Center, and as well as supervising the day-to-day operations of the CLC, she provides nursing oversight for the Share the Care, Community Nursing Home, Hospital at Home, Caregiver support, and Hospice/Palliative Care programs. She is a VA certified mentor, and has completed the VA Leadership Development Institute (LDI) and Geriatric Scholars program for Rural Health.