05/22/2006

VA Health Leader to Visit WVU

Jonathan Perlin, M.D., oversees care of 7.6 million vets

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D, undersecretary for health and CEO of the Veteran’s Health Administration, will speak with West Virginia University medical students and faculty at noon, Friday, June 2, in the Hostler Auditorium at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

His address, “A Vision for 2015: Moving Towards Safe, Efficient, Effective and     Compassionate Healthcare,” is a part of the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds series and is free and open to the public.

As the chief executive officer of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Perlin leads the nation’s largest integrated health system.

With more than 7.6 million veterans enrolled, VHA provides health care to more than 5.3 million patients annually throughout the United States. VHA operates with a medical care budget of more than $31 billion and directly employs nearly 200,000 health care professionals at 1,400 sites of care, including hospitals, community and facility-based clinics, nursing homes, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities.

“This is a rare opportunity for our students and faculty to hear directly from a physician who oversees a major part of the nation’s healthcare system,” said John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “The care of our nation’s veterans is a responsibility the entire nation shares, and WVU is proud to be a part of it.”

WVU has teaching and service affiliations with the VA hospitals in Clarksburg and Martinsburg.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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