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VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network


Leadership Team

Portrait of DeAnne M Seekins

DeAnne M Seekins | 919-956-5541

Director, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network

Ms. DeAnne Seekins was appointed Director of the Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs effective July 23, 2017. Ms. Seekins served five years leading the Durham VA Health Care System (June 2012- July 2017), following service at the Hampton VAMC where she served as Director from July 2009 – June 2012. Prior appointments include, the Richmond VAMC, where she served as Associate Director from January 2007 – July 2009. During this period, she also served Veterans and the medical center as the Acting Director, July 2008 – February 2009.
As Network Director, Ms. Seekins has responsibility for the Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, comprised of seven VA Medical Centers and 27 associated community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), four Health Care Centers, and two free-standing Dialysis Clinics spanning North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The network utilizes more than 13,500 clinical and administrative support staff members, and about 4,000 volunteers to serve greater than 340,000 Veterans annually across a three-state service area, with a budget exceeding $3.3 billion.
Ms. Seekins co-chairs the advisory committee for the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). She is committed as a mentor and coach for an HCLDP cohort of employees of high potential for executive leadership.
Ms. Seekins is an active member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and serves as a board member of the Durham Technical Community College Admissions Advisory Board. She is a member of the American Hospital Association – Regional Policy Board 3. She holds academic affiliation as an adjunct faculty member with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the Master in Health Administration program. Ms. Seekins has been featured in FedTech Magazine for her work with the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Portrait of Joseph Edger

Joseph Edger | 919-956-5541

Deputy Network Director, VISN 6

Mr. Joseph P. Edger, FACHE, was appointed Deputy Network Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN) 6 in January 2016. Mr. Edger serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Veterans Health Administration medical facilities in North Carolina and Virginia serving a population of more than 1.5 million Veterans. Mr. Edger’s duties and responsibilities include providing strategic leadership and direction to the administrative activities of VISN 6. The Network is made up of seven medical centers and 30 outpatient sites of care, staffed by more than 14,000 employees and operating with a budget in excess of $2.8 billion. In addition to the medical care mission, VISN 6 is a major provider of graduate medical education and research. The VISN is home to more than 500 researchers and affiliated with seven major medical schools and more than 50 colleges and universities. Mr. Edger previously served more than twenty years as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Army. During his military tenure, he served in leadership roles in medical logistics, health facility planning, and health care administration both stateside and abroad. Mr. Edger’s military career culminated at Fort Benning, GA where he served as the Deputy Commander for Administration for Martin Army Hospital.

Mr. Edger received his Bachelor of Science degree graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Mansfield University in 1995. In 2005, he received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University. Mr. Edger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Edger is a fourth generation Veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Regiment.

Portrait of Mark E. Shelhorse, M.D.

Mark E. Shelhorse, M.D. |

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Shelhorse graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Chemistry from Augusta College in 1977. He completed his medical school training at the Medical College of Georgia in 1981, and his residency in psychiatry at the same institution in 1985. During his residency he spent a year in specialized psychopharmacology training at the Medical College of Georgia, and served from 1984 1985 as a Psychiatric Consultant to the Georgia State Prison System. Dr. Shelhorse is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

He joined VHA in 1985 at Tuscaloosa as a staff psychiatrist on an acute psychiatric unit and over the next four years served as Research and Development Coordinator and lead physician on the Substance Abuse Care Unit. Dr. Shelhorse left Tuscaloosa to become the Chief of Psychiatry in Knoxville, Iowa in 1989, and subsequently became Chief of Staff there in 1991. In 1993, he was appointed Chief of Staff at Beckley, West Virginia, and in April 1995 became Chief of Staff at Hampton VAMC. In 1998 he moved to the position of Executive Medical Director of Mental Health for VISN 7 and served the collateral role of Medical Director for Tuscaloosa VAMC. In 2000 he moved to the position of Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Network Director for Clinical for VISN 6 in Durham, North Carolina. From May of 2004 until May of 2006, Dr. Shelhorse served as Acting Deputy Chief Officer for Mental Health for Patient Care Services for VHA.

Dr. Shelhorse has served on many national committees including: Performance Management National Workgroup, VSSC Advisory Board, Advance Access Steering Committee, Chief Medical Officers Steering Committee, and Serious Mentally Ill Advisory Committee, MHV CAB, and as the CMO liaison to the NLB.