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VA Maryland Health Care System


VA Announces Appointment of Network Director: Joseph A. Williams, Jr., RN, BSN, MPM

Brings Proven Leadership and Experience to the National Capitol Health Care System

LINTHICUM, MD. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph A. Williams, Jr., RN, BSN, MPM, as the new network director for Veterans Integrated Service Network 5 (VISN 5).  Mr. Williams will oversee delivery of health care to more than 310,000 Veterans, an operating budget of $1.2 billon, and over 9,800 health care professionals at seven medical centers and 27 clinics located across Maryland, West Virginia, Washington D.C., northern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southeast Ohio.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Williams on board as the new network director for the National Capitol network,” says Janet P. Murphy, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health and Operations Management.  “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the network of medical centers, the employees, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”

Mr. Williams has served as the Acting Network Director for the last 16 months.  In his former role, he was the Special Assistant to the Medical Inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Washington, DC.  Williams began his service with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1984.  Among his progressively responsible positions in VA are: Assistant Deputy under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, where he oversaw VHA's 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks, which include 153 hospitals and more than 900 geographically separate outpatient clinics and mobile clinics.

A Veteran himself, Mr. Williams served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard.  He received his commission in the U.S. Army Reserves, Army Nurse Corps.

Mr. Williams earned a Masters of Public Management/Management of Health Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia.  He has achieved three post-graduate fellowships.  Two from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and one from Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

The VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) was established in October 1995, and serves Veterans from economically and demographically diverse areas within Maryland, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia, plus portions of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky through a network of seven medical centers and 27 outpatient clinics.