COLUMBIA — Wade Vlosich will be the next director of Truman Veterans Hospital, the hospital announced Friday.
Vlosich is the associate medical center director of South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas, and served as interim medical center director of the Truman Veterans Hospital from Aug. 11 until Nov. 22.
Vlosich holds a master's degree in business administration and health organization management. He began his career in veterans affairs when he became an administrative fellow at the Veterans Integrated Service Network in Arlington, Texas, in 2004. Since then, he has worked as an associate and assistant medical center director at veterans health care facilities in Kansas and Texas.
According to a Truman Veterans Hospital news release, Vlosich contributed articles to "Advances in Health Care Management," a book series that he also helped edit.
Stephen Gaither, public affairs officer for Truman Veterans Hospital, said Vlosich will act as the chief executive officer for the veterans hospital.
The veterans hospital, which is partnered with MU Health Care, provides health services to 36,000 veterans and employs 1,300 individuals, Gaither said. Vlosich will be one of 151 medical center directors leading veterans health care centers across the nation.
Gaither said the nine years of experience Vlosich has in leadership roles within Veterans Affairs are a testament to his ability to be a successful leader of the veterans hospital.
Dr. William Patterson, director of the VA Heartland Network, said that Vlosich's "sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care system, the employees and volunteers, and, most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve," according to the news release.
Vlosich will start as director on Jan. 26.