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VA PALO ALTO UPDATE: Lisa Freeman Appointed as Interim Network Director VISN 18

From: Hill-Jackson, Michael <"Hill-Jackson,>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:32:58 -0700

Our Director wanted to share her message to all employees about her
recent appoint as an Interim Network Director, VISN 18, in Arizona.
On July 7, 2014, I will begin a detail to the VISN 18 Network Office in
Gilbert, AZ, to the position of Acting Network Director (see
announcement below). The duration of the detail is not to exceed 120
days, but could end sooner if a permanent replacement for the Network
Director position is selected prior to that time.
During my detail, Mr. Tony Fitzgerald
<http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about/leadership.asp> , our Deputy Director,
will be Acting Director and Mr. Walt Dannenberg
<http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about/leadership.asp> , our Associate
Director, will be Acting Deputy Director. Mr. Fitzgerald will have full
authority to make decisions and to ensure VAPAHCS continues full steam
ahead on our continuous improvement journey during my absence. The
entire front office team, Dr. Leung, Dr. Ezeji-Okoye, Ms. Martinez, Mr.
Fitzgerald and Mr. Dannenberg, join me in our commitment to continue
VAPAHCS' excellence as a leader in VHA and in health care in this
Nation. As part of our local Accelerating Care Initiative, as a
leadership team we have agreed to increase our staffing by 50 positions
to improve our access, especially in the ambulatory care and procedure
I look forward to sharing the many best practices from VAPAHCS and VISN
21 during my time in VISN 18, and in turn bringing back best practices
from their sites of care. I will be thinking about all of you in the
weeks and months to come. I am very humbled to have this opportunity to
serve and will do my best to honor those who served, wherever they may
Lisa Freeman
Director, VAPAHCS
 The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and
Management would like to welcome Ms. Elizabeth Freeman, to the role of
Acting Network Director, VISN 18 effective July 7, 2014. Ms. Freeman was
appointed VAPAHCS Director on February 11, 2001. Ms. Freeman's duties
include overseeing one of the most complex health care systems in the
country with an annual budget of over $826 million, more than 3,300
FTEE, and 808 operating beds. Further, she is responsible for
initiating and maintaining a cooperative relationship with affiliated
Stanford University School of Medicine, other local hospitals,
neighboring VA Health Care Systems and the Sierra Pacific Network Office
at Mare Island, California.
Ms. Freeman began her VA career in 1983 as a Resident Engineer at the VA
Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Later VA positions include
the following: Senior Resident Engineer, Shreveport, Louisiana; Project
Manager, Southern Region, VA Central Office; Health Systems Specialist,
Southern Region Field Support Office, VA Central Office; Health System
Administrator Trainee, VA Palo Alto Health Care System; Chief Operating
Officer, VA Sierra Pacific Network Office, San Francisco, California;
Associate Director, VA Palo Alto Health Care System; and Acting
Director, VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1983 and received a Master's
Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in
1987. She is a licensed civil engineer in the State of Virginia. In
addition to her VA responsibilities, she is a Fellow in the American
College of Health Care Executives and serves as a formal mentor to
numerous VA emerging leaders. She is a member of the California Hospital
Association's Santa Clara County Section and served on the 2006 Board of
Directors for the Hospital Council. In 2005, she received the VA Alumni
Association's Honorary Leadership Award. She received a Presidential
Rank Award at the meritorious level in 2005 and at the distinguished
level in 2009. In 2011, she was named one of the top 100 influential
women in Silicon Valley. She completed the Brookings Institution
Certificate in Public Leadership Program in 2012.

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Received on Wed Jul 02 2014 - 18:30:19 PDT

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