VA Healthcare – VISN 4 Announces New Medical Center Director - Butler VA Health Care System
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Butler VA Health Care System

 

VA Healthcare – VISN 4 Announces New Medical Center Director

September 7, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ken Kalberer, Executive Assistant, Director

PHONE: (878) 271-6674

 

VA Healthcare VISN 4 Announces New Medical Center Director
Veteran Jon R. Lasell Jr. to Lead VA Butler Healthcare

Pittsburgh — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon R. Lasell Jr. as the new director of VA Butler Healthcare in Butler, Pennsylvania.

"We are very excited to bring Mr. Lasell on board as the new director of our VA in Butler," said Dr. Michael Adelman, Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 director. "Mr. Lasell’s experience in the military and in operational leadership will be an asset to VA. We anticipate this appointment will begin within the next 30 days."

He will come to VA from the U.S. Army Medical Command Healthcare Contracting Activity in San Antonio, where he is serving as the director of business operations and chief of staff. Lasell has also served as chief operating officer at the Winn Army Community Hospital in Hinesville, Georgia, and deputy chief of staff for the Regional Health Command – Central in San Antonio.

Lasell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Prairie View A&M University and a master's degree in health care administration from Baylor University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In his new role, Lasell will oversee delivery of health care to more than 22,000 Veterans with an operating budget of nearly $100 million. With nearly 700 employees, VA Butler Healthcare operates 126 inpatient beds and conducted nearly 200,000 outpatient visits last year.

VA Butler Healthcare also operates outpatient clinics in Clarion, Mercer, Lawrence, and Armstrong counties, as well as in Cranberry Township. In 2017, the facility opened the Abie Abraham VA Health Care Center, which provides outpatient services including primary care, specialty care, mental health care, dental, diagnostic, laboratory, pathology, radiology, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, physical rehabilitation (including a new hydrotherapy pool), and a dedicated women’s health clinic. Telemedicine equipment onsite expands availabilities for veterans receiving care there. The Center is named after World War II hero, Bataan Death March survivor, and former prisoner of war, Sergeant Major Abie Abraham, who volunteered at VA Butler Healthcare for 23 years.

Last year, VA Butler Healthcare also officially named its long-term care facility the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center. Sergeant Kusick, of Bruin, Pennsylvania, posthumously received the Silver Star after being killed in action during the Vietnam War.

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