Dorothy Sanders, BSN, RN, CCM
Dorothy A. Sanders, BSN, RN, CCM is currently detailed to the VA Central Office, Office of Nursing Service, in a consultant role to help spread the Care Coordination & Integrated Case Management Initiative throughout the Veterans Health Care System nationwide. She also serves as the Nurse Manager, Integrated Case Management & Home Telehealth Program at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas. Ms. Sanders has chosen to serve Veterans at the VA for her entire nursing career to honor our Nation’s heroes. She began her nursing career with the VA shortly upon graduating from University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in June 2004, where she cared for Veterans admitted on the Acute Medicine/Telemetry inpatient ward. In 2008, she became a Patient Care Coordinator, learning case management strategies and approaches, while coordinating inpatient care for the Veteran admitted to Acute Care and guiding their transition to home upon discharge. In this role, she led a system redesign project implementing daily interdisciplinary team meetings which resulted in a significant decrease in the average length of stay from 8.29 days to 5.54 days. In 2010, she served as the facility’s Performance Measures Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Director, developing her systematic and organizational thinking. Missing her passion for Nursing and Case Management, she accepted the position as Nurse Manager for Case Management in November 2012. She has been instrumental in the expansion and further development of the Nursing Case Management Program, including the realignment of the Home Telehealth Program to reduce duplication in nursing case management efforts. On a personal note, Ms. Sanders is a mother of two boys and wife to a loving husband, who keep her youthful in her hobbies and fun time. She is an avid Star Wars fan, and has frequent lightsaber duels on family night with her boys.