VA Medical Center Welcomes New Leadership - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System


VA Medical Center Welcomes New Leadership

January 17, 2012

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of James R. Floyd, MPA, FACHE, as the facility’s new Medical Center Director.

As Director, Floyd will provide leadership and strategic guidance to this primary and secondary care center that employs over 1,100 people. The medical center serves a 25-county area with approximately 58,000 veterans currently enrolled. The medical center operates an outpatient clinic at the Muskogee facility and community based outpatient clinics in Tulsa, Hartshorne, and Vinita, OK.

Floyd arrives from Missouri where he served as the VA Heartland Network VISN 15 Network Director from October 2008 to January 2012.  He administered health care services to Veterans from seven medical centers on nine campuses and more than 47 community based outpatient clinics in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

“The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center has an excellent track record of providing Oklahoma Veterans with world-class health care,” said Floyd.  “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve our Veterans in this role.”

Floyd is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Fellows Program and a 2009 recipient of the coveted federal Presidential Rank Award for outstanding career achievements for leadership in health care.  In 2008, he was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve as a member of the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee. Also that year, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States presented him the Ray E. Brown Award for his advocacy in federal health care leadership.

He was originally appointed within the VA as Director of the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in 1997. In 2004, he was recognized with the Under Secretary for Health’s Diversity Award for his work in establishing innovative outreach and treatment programs to Native American Veterans and, in 2002, he received the VA Secretary's Medal for Meritorious Service for exceptional performance in coordinating federal agencies’ medical and security support for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympics’ Games.

Prior to working in VA, Floyd served in the U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, for more than 10 years. During that time, he served as Director of the Portland Area Indian Health Service from 1992 to 1997 and directed the management of federal health care facilities in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  He also assisted tribal governments in the development of community-based health care programs. During his tenure with Indian Health Service, he served a special assignment

in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs developing legislative authority for Native American health care programs.
Floyd's health care career began in 1978 with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma where he served as the Director of Community Services. In that capacity, he designed and established the first tribal-owned and operated health care system in the United States, which consisted of a 39-bed community hospital and four outpatient health clinics.

Floyd is a Creek and Cherokee Indian and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  He is Board Certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a master’s degree in Public Administration/Health Administration, and a post-graduate Certificate in Managed Care Administration.