VA Great Lakes Health Care System Announces New Director at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital - VISN 12 - VA Great Lakes Health Care System
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VISN 12 - VA Great Lakes Health Care System


VA Great Lakes Health Care System Announces New Director at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

March 16, 2020

WESTCHESTER, Ill. – Victoria P. Brahm, Network Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, is pleased to announce that James Doelling has been selected as the new Medical Center Director for Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois.

Doelling, who reports to Hines on March 30, 2020, will oversee the delivery of healthcare to more than 57,000 Veterans living in the surrounding 10-county area of Illinois, and be responsible for an operating budget of $733,210,209 (FY20) and a workforce of approximately 3,600 employees. Hines includes a 273-bed hospital and a 210-bed Community Living Center as well as six outpatient clinics in Joliet, Kankakee, Aurora, Hoffman Estates, LaSalle and Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Doelling comes to Hines after serving as the Medical Center Director at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.  In this role he leads, manages, and directs the planning and evaluation of health care services, as well as administrative and supporting operations for the Medical Center in the western part of Michigan, covering a 22-county geographic area with approximately 45,000 enrolled Veterans. Doelling has more than 30 years of nursing experience and almost 17 years with the VA. He has held a series of Nursing leadership roles at the VAMC in Providence, Rhode Island; Boston Health Care System and Hines VA Hospital before being named Associate Director, PCS/Nurse Executive in Los Angeles, where he served for three years. He holds an Master of Science degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College in Boston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.   He is the Chairperson of VHA Senior Executive Orientation advisory board and Chairperson of the VISN 10 Strategic Planning Committee.

About VISN 12

The VA Great Lakes Health Care System, VISN 12, with its eight medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics (including one Health Care Center), eight nursing homes, and seven domiciliaries, provides health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within its four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) area. Facilities in VISN 12 operate 904 medical, surgical, and psychiatric hospital beds, as well as 1,009 community living center beds and 510 domiciliary beds.