United States Department of Veterans Affairs
 Health Care
VHA Chief Learning Officer Receives Lifetime Learning Leadership Award
portrait photo of a woman
Joy W. Hunter, Chief Learning Officer for the Veterans Health Administration

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that Joy W. Hunter, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has been awarded the Lifetime Learning Leadership Award from The Masie Center, an internationally recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance.

Hunter is the first recipient of this award, presented at the annual “Learning 2010” conference, which was attended by over 1,600 education leaders from around the globe.

“This is another credit to Joy Hunter whose 31 years of public service include receipt of a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service,” said Robert A. Petzel, MD, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. “She has pioneered a learning culture within VA that is essential to how we provide some of the highest quality health care in the Nation.”

Hunter leads the Employee Education System for the VA health system, where she is responsible for the development, delivery, accreditation and evaluation of education services that support the continuing education needs for VA’s more than 239,000 health care professionals at over 1,400 sites of care nationwide.

Hunter started her VA career as a medical librarian at the Nashville VA Medical Center. She has held key leadership positions, including Chief Communications Officer for the VA Mid South Healthcare Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network 9), for which she received the Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Public Affairs. She has also served as National Director, Communications Management Service, for VA’s National Cemetery Administration.

Elliott Masie, president and CEO of The Masie Center, said Ms. Hunter was selected in recognition of all she has done “to cultivate learning leaders at all levels of VA and for helping to create a learning culture that serves the goal of optimal Veteran Healthcare for the 21st Century.”