US Department of Veterans Affairs Appoints Kayla M. Williams as New Director of the Center for Women Veterans
May 3 16
US Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans. Kayla M. Williams assumed duties this week as Director, serving as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs and legislation that affect women Veterans. Williams is a member of the Army Education Advisory Committee, a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient. She worked eight years at the RAND Corporation conducting research on service member and Veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy.
Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Board Changes
Apr 26 16
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced four senior leader appointments at facilities in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. John A. Gennaro, the current Director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, has been selected to fill the vacant Director's position at the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania. In the new role, Mr. Gennaro will oversee a staff of more than 700 who provide health care services to 22,000 Veterans and a budget of $144 million. Mr. Gennaro brings extensive experience and leadership to the new post. Prior to the new assignment, he oversaw the delivery of health care to more than 43,000 Veterans, a staff of 2,000 and an annual budget of approximately $387 million at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Glenn Costie, the current Medical Center Director in Dayton, will fill the role of Acting Director in Cincinnati. He brings more than 30 years experience to the post, having worked at VA Medical Centers in Chicago, IL; West Haven, CT; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; and Poplar Bluff, MO. Mr. Costie is expected to fill the Acting Director's role until a permanent director is hired; nationwide recruitment for the position has begun.
Mark Murdock, who has been on a temporary assignment the past six months as the Acting Director at the Northern Indiana Health Care System, will return to the Dayton VA Medical Center as its Acting Director. Before his temporary assignment at the Northern Indiana Health Care System, IN, Mr. Murdock was the Associate Director for the Dayton facility. Mr. Murdock brings more than a decade of leadership experience in healthcare delivery services. Jay Miller, Associate Director for the Northern Indiana Health Care System, will assume the position as Acting Medical Center Director for that facility while a permanent Director is sought. Mr. Miller has 25 years of leadership experience within VA, which includes VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, MI; Battle Creek VA Medical Center, MI; VA Central Alabama Healthcare System, AL; Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, MI; and North Chicago VA Medical Center, IL.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Opens Health-Care Center in Charlotte
Apr 8 16
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has opened its 295,000-square-foot health-care center in Charlotte. An opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting event were held Friday to mark the occasion. That six-story building is located on a 35-acre parcel at West Tyvola Road and Cascade Pointe Boulevard. The medical complex brings medical care closer to home and expands upon the types of health-care services veterans can receive. The VA is leasing that facility for roughly $13 million annually over the next 20 years. The center is part of the Salisbury VA Health Care System, which includes the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center and community-based outpatient clinics in Charlotte's University area, Hickory and Winston-Salem. Those facilities had nearly 93,000 unique patient visits in fiscal 2015. The new facility is more than four times the size of the current 67,000-square-foot Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.