McGuire VA Medical Center Announces New Director
Monday, March 11, 2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Ronald Johnson, FACHE as the new director of the McGuire VA Medical Center. Mr. Johnson will oversee delivery of health care to more than 200,000 Veterans coming from 22,515 square miles of central and southern Virginia and parts of northern North Carolina.
“We are excited to embrace Mr. Johnson in his new role on the VISN 6 team as he transitions from Hampton VAMC, where he successfully led the staff to new heights, to the chief position at the VISN’s flagship medical center,” said DeAnne Seekins, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Director. “His proven record of success is a valuable indicator of great things to come for the medical center, its employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”
Johnson is an Army Veteran who has served as the director of the Hampton VAMC in Virginia. Prior to serving Hampton, Johnson served as the director of the Mann- Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane Washington. In addition, Johnson served as interim director of VA Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington from January 2017 until April 2017.
Johnson brings extensive experience leading VA’s complex health care delivery systems. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE), was awarded the Champion of TRICARE Award in 2007, and was the VA ACHE Regent’s 2006 Young Health Care Executive of the Year. Also, he graduated from both Virginia Commonwealth University and The College of William & Mary.
A flagship for VA health care, McGuire VA Medical Center is a 349-bed tertiary care facility that operates community-based outpatient clinics in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Emporia, Virginia. The center provides a full range of medical, dental and mental health care, hosts one of five Polytrauma units in VA, and is also a national referral center for heart and liver transplants and spinal cord injuries and disorders. Additionally, the medical center has been designated as an Epilepsy Center of Excellence and is home to the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Care Center. In FY18 the medical center operated on a $768 million budget, had over 3,400 employees and cared for almost 63,000 Veterans.
The Medical Center is affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and partners with the Department of Defense on initiatives focused on enhancing women’s health.
“His experience already leading a health care facility in Virginia, along with his familiarity with the Richmond market and connections to VCU means he will hit the ground running”, says Seekins.