Months after taking over, McGuire VA interim director leaving

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Just months after taking over, McGuire VA Medical Center’s interim director is leaving.

Alan Lombardo has announced he is ending his 13-year career at McGuire VA Hospital and departing January 31. Lombardo took over as the medical center’s interim director in October, replacing John Brandecker.  

In an email, Lombardo told employees, “After thoughtful consideration, I have accepted a leadership role in the private sector and have tendered my resignation from VA, effective January 31, 2019. It was a very difficult decision for myself and my family.”

The VA hospital has been at the center of controversy over the past few years with complaints of long wait times for appointments and the use of dogs in medical research.

In that email to employees, Lombardo says he believes McGuire is headed in the right direction.

“It has been a wonderful journey over the past 13 years – enjoyable, challenging, hugely satisfying, and a privilege to have led this great facility,” Lombardo stated. “Thank you for your support and your amazing dedication to our Nation’s Heroes, their families, alongside whom we journey.”

Lombardo has held several positions at McGuire, including physical therapist, health administration resident, executive assistant to the director, associate director and interim medical center director. 

“We wish Alan all the best for the future,” DeAnne Seekins, Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 6), said in a release. “He has been a strong leader for our VA family and he has certainly initiated programs which have been instrumental in the continuing progress for McGuire’s leadership in the health care community.”

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