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October 5, 2013

Lloyd named acting chief at Illiana VA

DANVILLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of Russell E. Lloyd as acting director of the VA Illiana Health Care System.

Lloyd will oversee delivery of health care to more than 33,000 veterans, with an operating budget of $175 million, according to a VA press release.

His first day with the Illiana system will be Monday. He replaces Timothy Cooke, who will return to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia to serve as the acting medical center director.

“Mr. Lloyd will be instrumental in our service to the veterans of Central Illinois and West Central Indiana as we continue our search for a new medical center director,” Paul Bockelman, Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 director, said in the release. “We would like to thank Timothy Cooke for his service as the acting director for the last few weeks.”

Lloyd joins the VISN 11 team after serving as associate medical center director at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple. He worked closely with the director, chief of staff, and associate director for patient and nursing services. The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, accredited by the Joint Commission, is comprised of two large Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers located in Temple and Waco, one stand-alone outpatient clinic in Austin, four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Cedar Park and Palestine, plus a rural outreach clinic in La Grange.

It provides a full range of services, including medical, surgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitation with inpatient medical/surgical hospital beds, a hospice unit and community living center beds. Located on its Waco campus, the Central Texas VA has one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities and one of only six Blind Rehabilitation Centers in the country. It serves a veteran population of more than 252,000, covers 35,243 square miles and eight congressional districts in 39 counties.

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