A former VA employee just sent me a job opening for director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center possibly meaning RimaAnn Nelson is set to leave after less than one year.
Last September, VA selected RimaAnn Neslon to lead the scandal-plagued Phoenix VA Medical Center after a short tenure by previous director, Deborah Amdur. Last August, former deputy director Sloan Gibson announced Amdur was forced to retire because management of Phoenix VA was so stressful, “The job has nearly killed her.” Amdur lasted about 9 months and likely had to pay back her moving incentive.
Now, after 8 months, Phoenix VA is already looking for a new director, at least according to the job listing. Based on the language in the job listing, it most certainly appears to show VA wants to fill the position presently held by Nelson.
What will it take at Phoenix VA to hold down a director for up to a year? So far, no one seems up to the task other than the disgraced former director, Sharon Helman.
VA Public Affairs (Central Office) did not respond with a comment before this went to press.
UPDATE: Phoenix VA Public Affairs just reached out to disavow the job opening stating the linked job opening is not correct and that RimaAnn Nelson is not leaving Phoenix VA.
Of course, this leaves me wondering why the incorrect job listing for director of Phoenix VA is online at all if Phoenix VA is not looking for a director. Seem strange?
Phoenix VA Wait List Scandal
Since the wait list scandal broke in the press, in 2014, Phoenix VA has had numerous directors take over to fix the agency. Sloan Gibson repeatedly made press appearances reassuring the American public and veterans that Phoenix VA has improved.
In fact, when whistleblower reports surfaced last year that wait time problems were still putting veterans lives at risk, Sloan Gibson dismissed the reports and even proclaimed the facility as being safe for veterans.
Yet, the medical center is apparently unsafe for bureaucrats. Veterans are fine. But bureaucrats are getting chewed up and spit out?
The most recent directors, Amdur and Nelson, were previously linked to their own scandals, so it seems interesting VA would choose them to lead THE medical center that is the beacon of criminal conspiracies of all VA’s nationwide.
To date, no one replacing Sharon Helman, the director in 2014, for longer than 10 months.
Nonetheless, this does not take away from the most recent job posting signaling Nelson’s time at the facility is coming to a close.
Director – Phoenix VA Job Listing
Here is the Phoenix VA job listing. Any takers?
The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a part of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 18 which includes facilities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It consists of a 166-acute care beds; 104 Long term care beds and 24 Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program Beds.
The Medical Center located in the Phoenix metro area, now America’s 5th largest city, offers a diverse southwestern lifestyle.
The Health System serves Veterans residing in the Gila, Maricopa, LaPaz and Pinal counties with a total Veteran population of 315,000.
The Phoenix VA Health Care System includes Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Gilbert, Central Phoenix, Payson (contract), Show Low, Globe and Surprise, Arizona. It is a tertiary care facility, classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 facility (VA complexity level rating of 1b).
The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.
Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, entistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
The Medical Center Director is accountable for many functions including, but not limited to, developing and administering a balanced financial plan for a multi-million dollar budget with thousands of employees, performing analyses and evaluation of a wide range of clinical and administrative programs, providing strategic direction in alignment with VA’s strategic plan, identifying and meeting quality and performance objectives, ensuring quality through adherence to rigorous standards of a myriad of external accrediting bodies, promoting workplace improvements, developing and maintaining community partnerships, assuring equal employment opportunity and diversity, and planning for succession by developing subordinates.
The Director’s managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the health care organization and programs.
The Director has full delegated line authority to accomplish all of the medical center’s missions-patient care, medical education, research, and DOD contingency support.
As a Director at a Complexity Level 1 facility, the incumbent is required to have extensive knowledge of clinical specialties, emerging health care issues and trends, operational and administrative systems, information technology, facilities and project management, in order to lead large, complex and diverse programs with a critical affiliate relationship with a large university medical school system as a key component.
The specialized clinical services at a Level 1 facility often involve unique requirements, necessitating greater administrative responsibility, reporting, and media/VSO/congressional scrutiny and oversight.
Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.