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VA New York/New Jersey Healthcare Network Announces New Executive Medical Center Director


January 30, 2023

East Orange , NJ — Patricia O’Kane Brings Leadership, Proven Experience to the VA New Jersey Healthcare System

The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia O’Kane as the new Executive Director of the VA New Jersey Healthcare System. Ms. O’Kane will lead the executive team that oversees healthcare delivery at 11 locations in New Jersey and is one of the leading healthcare systems serving Veterans in the New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network.

“We are excited to bring Patricia O’Kane on board as the new Executive Medical Center Director of the VA New Jersey Healthcare System,” said Dr. Joan McInerney, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 Director. “Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the healthcare system, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate she will arrive at the medical center on February 12, 2023 to begin her appointment.”

Ms. O’Kane's proven leadership and considerable experience make her well-equipped to oversee the delivery of high-quality care to our nation's Veterans at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System. Her wide variety of roles during her time with VA has allowed her to gain a strong knowledge of the complexities of VA at the national and local levels. She is an expert in the VA governance system. Throughout her time with VA, she has demonstrated that she takes pride in listening and engaging with clinical and administrative staff to understand their unique needs and challenges.

Media contacts

Christine Betros Farrell, Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director

908-647-0180 ext. 21-4050