VA Great Lakes Health Care System Announces New Director at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center - 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 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

March 27, 2020

WESTCHESTER, Ill.Victoria Brahm, Network Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, is pleased to announce Mr. Ricky A. Ament has been selected as the new Medical Center Director for the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.

As Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Ament will oversee a 200-bed acute care facility and four community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) serving approximately 62,000 enrolled Veterans who reside in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, and in four counties in northwestern Indiana. He will be in charge of a budget of over $355 million, and approximately 2,000 full-time equivalent staff, including more than 200 physicians and 450 nurses, with more than 500 volunteers who provide service and care at Jesse Brown VAMC and CBOCs.

Ament’s experiences include numerous CEO roles, organizational turnarounds, strategic consulting and multi-facility operations. From 2015-2016, he served as the CEO of Select Specialty Hospital. From 2004-2007 and again from 2012-2015, he was the CEO of Beacon Leadership Group, a boutique healthcare consultancy specializing in operations improvement.

Ament was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He later received his Master of Science degree in Hospital Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2006, he became a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 


The VA Great Lakes Health Care System, VISN 12, with its eight medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics, 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.