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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Director Elected to American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents

December 11, 2012


Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services, and activities within their respective areas.

Walmus will serve as Regent for Veterans Affairs, representing all 1,378 VA members in ACHE. He will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 9, 2013, during ACHE’s 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hilton Chicago.

Walmus was appointed director of the MEDVAMC on August 2, 2009. Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs ranked the MEDVAMC as the most complex of its 141 medical facilities in terms of patient population, clinical services complexity, intensive care unit and operative complexity, and education, and research.

With the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1981, Walmus received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Health Care Administration from Tulane University and one in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.

Walmus has been recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for his achievements in workplace diversity with the VA Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2010 and for his outstanding efforts in promoting alternative dispute resolution with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Excellence and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award in 2011. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the vice-chairman for the Houston Federal Executive Board, awarded the VA Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program Preceptor of the Year Award, and received the Award of Merit from the Houston Bar Association.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance health care management excellence through education and research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.