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VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network


VISN 6 Announces New Medical Center Director

Ronald (Ron) Johnson

Ronald (Ron) Johnson

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017



Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network Announces New Medical Center Director

Ron Johnson Brings Leadership, Experience


DURHAM, N.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of James R. Johnson, Jr., FACHE, as the new director of the Hampton VA Medical Center.

Johnson will oversee delivery of health care to more than 50,000 Veterans at the medical center, which is currently experiencing a 21 percent growth rate (more than 4 times the national average) and an operating budget exceeding $350 million.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Johnson on board as the new director of the Hampton VA Medical Center,” said Dr. Mark Shelhorse, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Acting Director. “His experience will be a valuable asset for facility staff and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will begin his duties there within the next 45 to 60 days.”

Johnson joined the VA more than 24 years ago and has held progressive leadership positions at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Pensacola, Fla.; The South Region VA-DoD Sharing Office and TRICARE Regional Office in San Antonio, Tx.; and Frank M. Tejeda and South Bexar VA Outpatient Clinics and the U.S. Army Medical Command, also in San Antonio; VA Health Care System of Ohio (VISN 10), and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Most recently, he served as the medical center director at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Wash, a facility with more than 1,200 staff and a budget exceeding $240 million, where he led the successful construction and activation of two outpatient clinics valued at more than $95 million.

Johnson holds a Master of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of the VA Senior Executive Leadership Course. Johnson has also been recognized as University of South Alabama’s Mentor of the Year and was nominated for Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentor of the year recognition in 2012.

With a staff of about 1,800, the Hampton VA Medical Center is a 438-bed teaching facility serving Veterans in eastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The medical center, 4th oldest in the nation, is located on 85 acres overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, and includes outpatient clinics in Virginia Beach, Va. and Elizabeth City, N.C.


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