VA hospital in Leeds gets a new director

VA: John Collins brings leadership, proven experience

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the hiring of a new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds.

In a news release sent to 22News from the D.V.A., the VA hospital appointed John P. Collins as the new director. Collins will oversee the healthcare system known as a Complexity Level 3 facility, which provides care to about 25,000 unique Veterans throughout central and western Mass., with an operating budget of more than $140-million.

“We are pleased to appoint Mr. Collins as the new director of VA Central Western Mass. Healthcare System,” said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, VISN 1 Director.  “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and for the Veterans we are honored to serve. Collins will report onboard the main campus in Leeds Monday, September 22.”

Collins has over 30 years of healthcare experience in the U.S. Army, holding leadership positions that includes Chief Operating Officer, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; Commander, Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, GA.; Brigade Commander, 62nd Medical Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and most recently has been serving as the Commander, Europe Regional Medical Command, Sembach, Germany.

Also, Collins was awarded a Master of Health Care Administration from Baylor University, a Master of Education, University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Science, National Resource Management, National Defense University, where he was the distinguished graduate.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the ACHE Army Regents Advisory Council.

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