VA Medical Center Director Recognized for Ability to Effectively Train Leaders of Tomorrow
HOUSTON — Edgar L. Tucker, B.A., M.P.H., F.A.C.H.E., director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), has been selected as the 2008 VA's Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program preceptor of the year. The award was presented at the 2008 American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership: VA Symposium in Chicago by Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake, M.D., Under Secretary for Health for the Veterans Health Administration Michael J. Kussman, M.D., and Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management in the Veterans Health Administration William F. Feeley.
VA's Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program supplements the educational component of health services administration graduate programs by providing master’s-prepared students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life VA administrative issues. Training is provided by experienced VA professionals known as preceptors, who serve as mentors and coaches to future leaders of the VA.
Tucker was appointed director of the MEDVAMC in February 2001. In this capacity, he is charged with management of one of the most complex VA medical centers in the country with more than 3,200 employees and an annual budget in excess of $550 million. In addition to caring for more than 120,000 veterans in southeast Texas, the MEDVAMC in Houston also serves as a regional and national referral center for many services including cardiac surgery, liver transplant, neurological disorders, radiation therapy, and spinal cord injury care.
Tucker’s exceptional leadership skills and commitment to the provision of high quality health care services to America’s veterans are recognized both internal and external to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the recipient of the Federal Executive of the Year 2002 Houston/Galveston Area and two Hammer Awards for his leadership in the development of the VA’s Bar Code Medication Administration program, now implemented nationwide. In April 2005, President George W. Bush honored Tucker for his exceptional long-term accomplishments as a career senior executive with the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
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