VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
Joseph Vaughn Brings Experience to Salisbury VA
Salisbury, N.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph P. Vaughn as the new director of the Salisbury VA Medical Center. Vaughn will oversee delivery of health care to more than 91,000 Veterans and an operating budget of more than $560 million.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Vaughn to our team as the new director of the Salisbury VA Medical Center,” said DeAnne Seekins, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Director. “His proven record of experience will be a valuable asset for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will arrive at the medical center within the next two weeks to begin his appointment.”
Vaughn is a Veteran who joined VA more than 12 years ago and has held progressive leadership positions at VA facilities in Jackson and Ridgeland, Miss. Most recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Associate Director at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., a complexity level 1B facility serving more than 45,000 Veterans through a budget of $350 million. He has also served as Post Commander of American Legion Post 68 in Brandon, Miss. and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Vaughn holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and Co-Chair of the VHA New Executive Training Committee.
One of the fastest growing VAMCs over the 2000s, The Salisbury VAMC is located in the Central Piedmont region of N.C. For FY17, Salisbury outperformed VA 5-star facilities in reducing health care associated infections (including MRSA), fewer ambulatory care sensitive condition hospitalizations, lower hospital wide 30-day readmission rate, and lower call center abandonment rate. The facility, with responsibility for two major health care centers and two community based outpatient clinics also serves as the Tele-retinal reading hub for VISN 6 and PTSD tele-mental health hub for VISN 6. It has Moved to a recovery-based mental health model and relationship-based nursing in inpatient Mental Health areas, and its Specialized Inpatient PTSD Unit was recognized as best in VHA in 2016.