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VA Adds 15 Sites to Innovators Network Program; Bob McDonald Comments

Veterans Affairs Department logoThe Department of Veterans Affairs‘ center for innovation will expand its Innovators Network program with the addition of fourteen new VA medical center innovation sites as well as a national cemetery innovation site.

VA said Tuesday the selected sites were selected from a pool of 44 innovation sites based on a review of 12 parameters that included plans to empower and engage employees, local infrastructure and proposed Veteran-centered approaches.

“We have invested in creating a culture of innovation which we can constantly find, test and create better ways to deliver services to our veterans,” said Bob McDonald, veterans affairs secretary.

Sites selected to serve as Innovators Network Sites in 2017 include:

  • Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery
  • Grand Junction VA Healthcare System
  • Hines VA Medical Center
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
  • Lebanon VA Medical Center
  • Lexington VA Medical Center
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • New Mexico VA Healthcare System
  • Puget Sound VA Healthcare System
  • South Texas Healthcare System
  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
  • VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
  • VA San Diego Healthcare System
  • White River Junction VA Medical Center

VA noted that the innovators network has established a pathway designed to streamline the development of new experiences for veterans and their respective families and the agency has invested in 38 projects designed to boost veteran access to services and care.

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