Leadership Team - VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
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VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network


Leadership Team

DeAnne M Seekins, Director, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network

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).

Joseph Edger, Deputy Network Director, VISN 6

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.

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Thomas C Slade | 919-956-5541

VISN 6 Office, Chief, Logistics, DURVAMC