Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Houston VA Director Announces Retirement Plans
Adam C. Walmus has announced his retirement as Director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston after more than 38 years of federal service. Walmus was appointed MEDVAMC Director in August of 2009.
In a statement released to employees late last week, Walmus said, “These last 35 years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs have been a wonderful experience for me. I love our mission of providing top quality healthcare to our nation’s heroes. I love our people and their incredible talent, commitment and dedication to the men and women who have served our country. I love the breadth and diversity of our Veterans, who are from all walks of life and range in age from teenagers to men and women nearing 100 years young. I am proud of what we have achieved and continue to achieve here at the Houston VA and I feel honored and privileged to have been able to work to pay back the debt our grateful nation owes to our Veterans.”
Walmus oversaw the MEDVAMC during a period of tremendous growth, change and progress. During his tenure, the Medical Center opened five new community based outpatient clinics in Richmond, Tomball, Katy, Conroe and Lake Jackson as part of an effort to move healthcare closer to where Veterans live. In addition, the Houston VA has achieved Magnet status for Excellence in Nursing three times and is the first VA Medical Center in the country to have two Fisher Houses where families of Veterans receiving care at the Medical Center can stay.
Walmus' long and distinguished VA career includes positions of increasing responsibility at VA Medical Centers in Houston, Muskogee, Dublin, Georgia, and New Orleans as well as a Department of Health & Human Services position in the Washington, DC area. As MEDVAMC Director, Walmus was charged with management and leadership of one of the most complex and efficient VA medical centers in the country. Today, he effectively leads more than 4600 Houston-area employees with a budget of approximately $950 million as they proudly care for an ever-growing number of men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Elected to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Council of Regents in March 2013, Walmus served as the VA Regent until March of 2016. In addition to receiving the ACHE Regent's Senior Executive Award in March 2011 he also received the 2016 Federal Excellence in Healthcare Leadership award just last month. He also received the Governor’s Award for ACHE Region Six in March of 2016. He is a member of the graduate advisory board at University of Houston-Clear Lake and Texas A&M's Master in Healthcare Administration Program. In 2012 he was selected to serve as chairman of the Houston Federal Executive Board.
Walmus was recognized by the VA Secretary with the VA Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2010 and the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award in 2011. In 2011 he also received an honorary membership to the West Point Society of Greater Houston and was given the title of Honorary Colonel with the U.S. Army's 75th Mission Command Training Division. In 2014, in recognition of his efforts in support of quality patient care, education and research, Walmus was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities in Medicine Degree from the Baylor College of Medicine.
Walmus will be retiring effective May 14 and is looking forward to spending time with his family. Walmus’ successor has yet to be named.