New director named for VA Medical Center

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SYRACUSE — The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of Dr. Frank P. Pearson as director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

Pearson will oversee delivery of health care services to more than 50,000 veterans across central and upstate New York as well as an operating budget of more than $300 million.

“We are excited to bring Dr. Pearson on board as the new director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center,” said Dr. Joan E. McInerney, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 Director. “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.”

Most recently, Pearson was the hospital chief executive director for the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where he provided overarching leadership for the planning, organizing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating, and improvement of medical, administrative and support operations of the medical facility and outlying clinics.

He has more than 20 years of clinical and executive leadership experience, the VA announcement said, and his experience includes various leadership roles, organizational improvement, and multi-facility operations.

He will assume his position at the Syracuse VA in August.

Pearson is a retired Navy captain with over 34 years of active duty military service, including positions as chief operating officer of the Naval Hospital Pensacola and chief operating officer/director of the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

He earned both his doctorate and master’s degree in physical therapy from Baylor University and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

The Syracuse VA Medical Center is part of the VA New York/New Jersey Healthcare Network, which consists of 10 VA medical centers in New York and New Jersey, and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in those states.

With 1,700 staff, the Syracuse VA Medical Center is a 189-bed general medical and surgical facility, 30 of which are dedicated to the Spinal Cord Injury unit.

It also comprises a 48 bed Community Living Center and provides primary and mental health care.

The medical center operates seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics geographically dispersed throughout 13-counties in central New York — these areas include: Rome, Auburn, Binghamton, Massena, Oswego, Tompkins/Ithaca/Cortland and Watertown.

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