The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of Judith Johnson-Mekota as the new director for the Iowa City VA Health Care System.
“We are excited to bring Ms. Johnson-Mekota on board as the new Director of the Iowa City VA Health Care System,” Janet Murphy, director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23, said in a statement issued by the VA. “Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care system, the employees, volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate she will arrive at the Iowa City VA medical center February 8 to begin her appointment.”
According to the release, Johnson-Mekota has served more than 20 years in health care leadership positions within VA, most recently as director of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Johnson-Mekota holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Coe College.
The Iowa City VA Health Care System provides health care to more than 40,000 veterans with an operating budget of about $182 million. It includes 10 community-based outpatient clinics. With 1,100 employees, the system covers 32 counties in eastern Iowa and 16 counties in western Illinois.
The Iowa City VA is a teaching hospital that provides a range of patient care services along with education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.