Truman VA Hospital Names New Director
COLUMBIA - Wade Vlosich, associate medical center director at the South Texas VA Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas, has been appointed medical center director of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital effective Jan. 26, 2014.
"We are excited to bring Mr. Vlosich on board as the new director of the Truman VA hospital," said Dr. William Patterson, director of the VA Heartland Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network [VISN] 15), which includes VA health care centers in Kansas, Missouri and southern Illinois. "His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care system, the employees and volunteers, and, most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve."
In addition to his current role, Vlosich has held leadership roles as acting associate medical center director and assistant medical center director at the Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kan., as well as the acting assistant medical center director at the North Texas VA Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. He served as the interim medical center director at Truman VA from Aug. 11 to Nov. 22, following the departure of Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, previous medical center director, who was appointed director of the Central Texas VA Health Care System in Temple, Texas.
Vlosich earned a master's degree in business administration and health organization management and a bachelor's degree in psychology and business management from Texas Tech University. He began his VA career in 2004 as an administrative fellow to the director of the VISN 17 in Arlington, Texas. Vlosich has achieved diplomat status in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). He was an assistant editor of a book series titled, "Advances in Health Care Management," where he published articles about the health care industry.
Truman VA hospital is one of seven VISN 15 health care centers. The network covers 162,207 square miles over portions of six states (Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Kentucky). VISN 15 provides a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary care to eligible Veterans with inpatient facilities in Leavenworth, Topeka and Wichita, Kan; Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, and Poplar Bluff, Mo,; and Marion, Ill.