The VA Midwest Health Care (VISN 23) serves veterans residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The veteran population is currently 1,025,000 with the eastern half of the VISN more densly populated than the rural and highly-rural areas of the Dakotas and Nebraska.
The Network's organizational structure focuses on the benefits of both a facility based structure and a patient care service line structure. Each facility has a "traditional" senior leadership team consisting of a Medical Center Director, Associate Director, Chief of Staff, and Nurse Executive.
An Executive Leadership Council (ELC), chaired by the Network Director, and comprised of senior leaders from across the Network, Medical Centers and Patient Care Service Lines serve as the governing body. Sub-councils of the ELC guide operations - the Coordinating Council, the Organizational Performance Council, Governance Council, tVeterans Satisfaction Council and the Workforce Development Council. Each Council includes representative from each medical center, service line, and employee bargaining unit.
Executive leadership includes Ms. Janet P. Murphy, MBA, Network Director; Ms. Judith Johnson-Mekota, Deputy Network Director; and Steven C. Julius, MD, Chief Medical Officer.