New director named for Lexington VA Health Care System

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of Gregory W. Goins, FACHE, as Director of the Lexington VA Health Care System.

Goins will oversee delivery of health care services to more than 38,000 Veterans and an operating budget of more than $426 million.

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“We are excited to bring Mr. Goins on board as the new Director of the Lexington VA Health Care System,” said Cynthia Breyfogle, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 9 Director.  “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”

Most recently, Goins was the Medical Center Associate Director for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. In this capacity, he provided executive leadership to the Medical Center as well as all Veterans Health Administration services delivered by a two-division campus serving 17 counties with 6 Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

Goins has more than 10 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, and his experience includes various leadership roles, organizational improvement, and multi-facility operations.

Goins is an OEF Veteran and a 10-year Navy Veteran, where he served as a Hospital Corpsman and a Medical Service Corps Officer; his duty stations included Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Camp Stone, Herat Afghanistan, and Naval Station Newport.

He earned his BA in Economics from Western Washington University and MBA in Operations and Process Improvement from The Ohio State University.

The Lexington VA Health Care System is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, which consists of six VA medical centers in Kentucky and Tennessee, and community-based outpatient clinics in those states.

The Lexington VA Health Care System is a fully accredited, two-division tertiary care medical center.

The Franklin R. Sousley Campus has a Community Living Center with hospice and respite services, primary care, home based primary care, prosthetics, optometry, mental health and substance abuse treatment, women’s health, acute rehabilitation, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder residential rehabilitation treatment.

The Troy Bowling Campus, built adjacent to the University of Kentucky, offers specialty outpatient care, inpatient acute medical, neurological, surgical, and psychiatric care.

The Lexington VA Medical Center operates four community-based outpatient clinics in the Somerset, Morehead, Hazard, and Berea areas of Kentucky.

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