Butler VA Health Care System
PRESS Welcome Timothy Burke New Chief of Staff
April 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2011
Welcome Dr. Timothy Burke
VA Butler Healthcare’s New Chief of Staff
Butler, PA – Dr. Timothy Burke was appointed VA Butler Healthcare’s Chief of Staff effective April 24. Dr. Burke came to Butler from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System where he served as the Vice President of the Primary Care Service Line. Dr. Burke’s foremost goal in his new role is to continue to provide high-quality care to our Veterans in Butler and its surrounding counties. He is also dedicated to the implementation of PACT.
VA recently adopted a new way in providing Veteran-centered care called “PACT”—Patient-Aligned Care Teams. PACT is a patient-driven team approach that focuses on VA medical care that is more accessible, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate.
“Dr. Burke’s clinical and management skills will provide strong support in VA Butler’s mission in Primary Care, particularly as we move forward with the implementation of the PACT delivery model,” said Patricia Nealon, VA Butler Healthcare Director. “We are very pleased that someone with Dr. Burke’s reputation and expertise has been appointed as Chief of Staff.”
Dr. Burke comes to Butler with ample knowledge and experience. He received his medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in 1996 and completed primary care internal medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1999. He has represented VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and VISN 4 nationally on the National Utilization Management Advisory Committee (NUMAC). He is also an assistant professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“I think everything you do in life prepares you for where you are and where you are going,” said Dr. Burke. “Running a major service line in Pittsburgh for the past three years, that oversees inpatient, internal medicine, and a huge outpatient practice has been the best preparation. I’ve dealt with leaders across nursing, other specialties in medicine and surgery. It’s been incredibly valuable experience.”
Dr. Burke is looking forward to sharing ideas and staying engaged with the progress of the Health Care Center (HCC). Construction for the HCC will take place in the next couple of years and will provide VA Butler Healthcare with additional health care space to consolidate outpatient services and meet increased patient demand. “I think it is a really compelling idea for our facility and for the delivery of more specialized care,” said Dr. Burke.
As with any new role, numerous challenges are inevitable. Dr. Burke is prepared to meet those challenges head on and excited to do so.
“I am most excited to roll-up my sleeves, go out and meet the people who are providing care and find out what they think is and isn’t working. Then, get to work to help remove barriers to success,” said Dr. Burke. “I want to make any necessary improvements so that not only are the patients elated with the quality of care and the attention they get, but also employees talk about Butler as being the only place they ever want to work.”