VA Sierra Pacific Network Announces New Health Care System Director - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


VA Sierra Pacific Network Announces New Health Care System Director

June 30, 2017

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Palo Alto, CA — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas (Tony) Fitzgerald, III as the new Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in Palo Alto, California.  Mr. Fitzgerald will oversee delivery of health care to more than 93,000 Veterans at the facility which covers 11 congressional districts and 10 counties located in northern California.  VAPAHCS has an operating budget of $1.1 billion and over 7,000 employees and volunteers.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Fitzgerald on board as the new Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System,” said Sheila Cullen, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 21 Director.  “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.  His appointment began June 25, 2017.

Mr. Fitzgerald began his VA career in 1988 as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant at the North Chicago VA and then moved on to a position as Housekeeping Aid at the facility.  He went on to become the Healthcare Facilities Officer at North Chicago VA, and then Chief of Environmental Management at VAPAHCS.  He held progressively more responsible positions in executive management including the Assistant Director, Associate Director and Deputy Director at VAPAHCS.  He has served as Interim Director at the VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno as well as at VAPAHCS.

Mr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the American InterContinental University in Hoffman Estates, IL.  He is a graduate of the Leadership VA program, the Health Care Leadership Development Institute, and the VA Management Development Program.  He is a member of the American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives.  Mr. Fitzgerald is a Veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served 16 years as a medical non-commissioned officer.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is one of the most complex facilities in the VA system.  It consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto and Sonora. In FY 2016, VAPAHCS had 817,448 outpatient visits and 7,416 inpatient stays. In addition to health care services for Veterans, VAPAHCS serves as a teaching hospital for doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the art technology. VAPAHCS maintains one of the top two research programs in VA, with extensive research centers in in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer’s Disease, spinal cord regeneration, schizophrenia, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, HIV research, and a Health Economics Resource Center.  VAPAHCS is affiliated with Stanford University Hospital.