VA Finger Lakes has new director

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the ap-pointment of Bruce Tucker as the new director of the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System.

Tucker will oversee delivery of health care to the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, including five community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Upstate New York.  He will oversee delivery of health care to more than 33,000 veterans and an operating budget of over $220 million at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Tucker on board as the new director of the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System,” said physician Joan E. McInerney, director of veterans integrated service network (VISN) 2. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be a valuable asset for the health care system, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve.”

Tucker has been serving as the interim medical center director since September 2018”.

Tucker joined VA more than 27 years ago and has held progressive leadership positions at the Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers. Prior to serving as interim medical center director for the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, he served as the medical VA care line manager or chief of social work at both the Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers, where he planned and managed the delivery of medical services across facilities to achieve the organization’s mission.

Tucker holds a master’s degree in social work from Marywood College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Cortland.

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