Thomas “Tony” Fitzgerald III was selected as the new director of the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, an appointment that went into effect June 25. He will be replacing Lisa Freeman in overseeing the delivery of health care to more than 93,000 veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Palo Alto facility.
“We are excited to bring Mr. Fitzgerald on board as the new director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System,” said Sheila Cullen, the director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 21, in a press release. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve.”
Thomas “Tony” Fitzgerald, recently appointed as the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System’s new director, has worked with the department for nearly 30 years. Photo courtesy VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Fitzgerald began his career with the department in 1988 as a psychiatric nursing assistant at the North Chicago VA and then moved on to a position as housekeeping aide at the facility. He started working in the VA Northern California in 2000. Before joining the department, Fitzgerald served in the U.S. Army for 16 years as a medical non-commissioned officer.
Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care management from the American InterContinental University in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He is a graduate of the Leadership VA program, the Health Care Leadership Development Institute and the VA Management Development Program. He is a member of the American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives.
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is one of the most complex facilities in the VA system, servicing 11 congressional districts and 10 counties located in Northern California. It consists of three inpatient facilities located in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore; plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto and Sonora. In 2016, the VA Palo Alto system had 817,448 outpatient visits and 7,416 inpatient stays.
In addition to health care services for veterans, the system serves as a teaching hospital for doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the art technology. VA Palo Alto maintains one of the top two research programs in the department, with extensive research centers in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord regeneration, schizophrenia and HIV research. It also runs a Rehabilitation Research and Development Center and Health Economics Resource Center. The VA Palo Alto system is affiliated with Stanford University Hospital.
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