VA Southeast Network Announces New VA Southeast Network (VISN 7) Chief Medical Officer - Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System
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Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System


VA Southeast Network Announces New VA Southeast Network (VISN 7) Chief Medical Officer

May 29, 2013

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen R. Holt, M.D., MPH, MSNRS, as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7).  Dr. Holt will work directly in the VISN 7 Office located in Duluth, Georgia.  VISN 7 provides a comprehensive range of primary and tertiary care services to Veterans in rural and metropolitan markets in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.  VISN 7 is one of twenty-one (21) VHA Networks throughout the country providing health care services to our Nation’s Veterans.  VISN 7 stretches across the states of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina (approximately 79,876 square miles) and encompasses VA medical centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in those states.  As CMO, Dr. Holt will provide clinical oversight and guidance to the VISN 7 Chiefs of Staff and facility management staff.

Dr. Holt has a proven track record as an exceptional health care leader through his service in many key roles such as the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) at the VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), Dallas, Texas. VANTHCS provides services to a Veteran population of more than 111,000 in 38 counties in North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma.  Their size and complexity rank them as the 2nd largest in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  With more than 4,300 employees and nearly 1,600 volunteers, VANTHCS provides the quality health care Veterans deserve.  Dr. Holt possesses vast experience in strategic planning, budgeting, manpower resourcing, regulatory compliance, academics, clinical practice, and management/leadership. He is experienced in the development and management of a multi-billion dollar budget for a 77 facility size, world-wide health care organization; and has uniquely provided oversight of medical advanced technology research, development, testing, evaluation and acquisitions.

Dr. Holt possesses superior qualifications, is an outstanding leader and has a wealth of experience which spans 22 years of management/leadership and over 25 years of clinical practice in the delivery of healthcare services (both civilian and military).  Because of his stellar work and strong leadership and business acumen, Dr. Holt earned the coveted “2011 Air Force Association Veterans Administration Employee of the Year” award.   

Contact:  Linda Townsend-Green, VISN 7 Public Affairs Officer, 678-924-5754