VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
Paul Crews | 919-956-5541
Director, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
Paul Crews was appointed Director of the Mid-Atlantic Health Care System (VISN 6) effective October 10, 2021. Mr. Crews has an accomplished history of more than 30-years in health care. Most recently, he served 2018-2021 as Executive Director of Durham VA Health Care System. Mr. Crews, a proud Navy Veteran, will exercise oversight of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network's 46 sites of care in North Carolina and Virginia, including seven VA Medical Centers and 32 associated Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), five Health Care Centers, and two free-standing dialysis clinics. The network has an operations budget of $4.7 billion dollars, 20,000 employees, 4,000 volunteers, and serves 415,000 Veterans annually. Prior to serving as the Executive Director for Durham VA Health Care System, Mr. Crews served in leadership positions throughout VA in Western New York, San Francisco, and Tennessee Valley. Before VA, Crews was the Vice President of the Virginia Rural Health Association and Chair of the State's Rural Health Workgroup on Quality. Crews holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University and a Master's degree in Public Health in Policy and Management from Texas A&M University. He is a member and mentor of The American College of Health Care Executives and was awarded the North Carolina Chapter's 2020 Regent's Senior Healthcare Executive Award. He currently serves on the Veterans Health Administration Regents Advisory Committee and is a coach for VHA's premier leadership development program for new up-and-coming VA executives.
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.
Lisa Shear | 919-956-5541
Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. Lisa S. Shear, was appointed Chief Nursing Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) in March of 2017. Ms. Shear had been the Quality Management Officer in VISN 6 since 2008. The network is made up of seven medical centers and 43 outpatient sites of care, staffed by more than 20,000 people and operating with a budget exceeding $3 billion dollars. VISN 6 is a major provider of graduate medical education and research as well as nursing and allied health education. The VISN is home to more than 500 researchers and affiliated with seven major medical schools and more than 50 colleges and universities. Ms. Shear came to VISN 6 from Dayton VAMC, OH where she was Acting Quality Manager and Accreditation/Performance Improvement Coordinator from 2003-2008. Ms. Shear retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2021 with a combined Active Duty and Reserve career spanning 26.5 years. Her service history included being the Individual Mobilization Augmentee Nursing Administrator at Joint Base Andrews, 445th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Chief Nurse, Assistant Chief Nurse, Infection Control Officer, Education Officer, Wing Inspection Evaluation Team Leader, 88st MDG Chief Nurse of Primary Care, 81st MDG Diabetic Educator, Nurse Transition Program Preceptor and Chief Nurse for two overseas humanitarian tours to Latin America. Ms. Shear serves on the National Strategic Nursing Leadership Task Force and the National SAIL Strategic Group, VA CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2017 – Present CNO, VISN 6 2008 – 2017QMO, VISN 6 2003 – 2008 Acting Quality Manager/ Accreditation & PI Coordinator, Dayton VAMC, OH MILITARY CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2017 – 2021 IMA to Nurse Administrator, Joint Base Andrews, MD 2003 -- 2017 Chief Nurse, 445th AMDS/445th AW, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH -Also served as Assistant Chief Nurse, Infection Control Officer, Education Officer 1999 -- 2003 Chief Nurse Primary Care, 88st MDG, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1998 -- 1999 AFIT Student-Graduate Studies 1994 -- 1998 Diabetic Educator & Nurse Transition Program Preceptor, 81st MDG, Keesler AFB OH CIVILIAN CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2006 -- 2008 Adjunct Faculty-Nursing, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2003 -- 2008 Independent Legal Nurse Consultant, Dayton, OH 1992 -- 1994 Charge RN-Medical/Surgical Oncology Unit, Marquette General Hospital, Marquette, MI 1988 -- 1992 Adjunct Faculty-Liberal Arts, Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI EDUCATION: 2016 Air War College 2009 Air Command and Staff College 2004 USAF Nursing Service Management 1998 Squadron Officer School 1999 Master’s in Nursing, CNS Adult Health, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1997 Nursing Service Fundamentals 1994 Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 1992 Associate Degree -Applied Science, Nursing, Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI 1988 Bachelor of Science, Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI