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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Medical Center Director Recognized for Efforts to Promote Alternative Dispute Resolution

November 9, 2011

 

Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, was recognized for his outstanding efforts in promoting alternative dispute resolution by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during a ceremony held on Oct. 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C. 

Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, was recognized for his outstanding efforts in promoting alternative dispute resolution by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during a ceremony held today in Washington, D.C.

The VA Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Excellence and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards recognize VA employees, managers/supervisors, and organizations/teams that have made exemplary accomplishments in furthering VA's goals in the areas of ADR and diversity and inclusion.

Consistent with the ADR Act of 1996 and as stated in VA’s ADR Policy, VA Directive 5978, VA supports ADR to the maximum extent practicable and at the earliest possible stage to prevent, minimize, and resolve disputes between or among the Department and its employees and other parties.  ADR helps to achieve mutually acceptable and cost-effective outcomes and to accomplish business efficiently, economically, and productively. 

“The VA Administrative Dispute Resolution Program capitalizes on such benefits as lower costs, likelihood and speed of settlements, practical solutions tailored to parties’ interests and needs, and preservation of relationships and reputations,” said George H. “Buzz” Gray, Jr., M.B.A., South Central VA Health Care Network director. “Adam has embraced this extremely useful management tool and understands ADR is more efficient and effective than the courts in providing justice.”

Walmus, who was recognized in the category “Individual Effort by a Manager,” has been with the VA since 1981. He serves as the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s chief executive officer charged with management of one of the most complex VA medical centers in the country with more than 3,500 employees and an annual budget of approximately $630 million.

Walmus obtained 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.

A Fellow and board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Walmus serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs ACHE Regent's Advisory Council and received the ACHE Senior-Level Health Care Executive Regent's Award for significant contributions of the college and advancement of health care management excellence in March 2011. He was a preceptor and clinical adjunct faculty member of the Health Care Administration Department at Oklahoma University and is currently a member of the graduate advisory board at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Texas A&M University, Master in Healthcare Administration Program.

In 2010, he was recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for his achievements in workplace diversity with the First Annual VA Diversity and Inclusion Award. In 2011, Walmus 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, recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and received the Award of Merit from the Houston Bar Association.

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 120,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; VA Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; VA Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, and Richmond, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged more than one million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2010. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit
 www.houston.va.gov.