1998 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a senior federal health care executive (commissioned officer 0-6 level or higher/GS-15 level or higher equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant leadership or innovative achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

James J. Farsetta receiving the award from AHA Board Member
Ruth Rothstein, Chief, Cook County Bureau of Health Services.

The recipient of the 1998 Award for Excellence is James J. Farsetta, FACHE, Director, New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network, (VISN 3), Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Farsetta is recognized for his leadership as director of VISN 3, where he has fostered great success in network-wide initiatives, including quality improvement and access to care initiatives. Under Mr. Farsetta's leadership, the network has developed a comprehensive Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program that ensures veterans easy access to benefits and programs, case management, prevocational and job placement services, comprehensive medical, mental health and rehabilitation care and permanent housing for chronically and persistently mentally ill homeless veterans.

Through Mr. Farsetta's dedication to the mentally ill and academic research, VISN 3 was recently selected as one of six VA-funded Mentally Ill Research Education Clinical Centers. Mr. Farsetta's commitment to quality improvement and superior clinical programs was recognized by the 1997-98 triennial survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, where the medical centers in VISN 3 received their highest scores ever.

Under Mr. Farsetta's leadership, prosthetics services for VISN 3 have been integrated under one management and have led to the establishment of the Preservation Amputation Care Treatment program to assist veterans with early detection of health problems to avoid amputation. Mr. Farsetta is also responsible for the integration of the six individual VA medical centers into three integrated facilities and diversifying the funding base and increasing the third party collectibles to become one of the top performing VA networks. In keeping with the VA's "One VA" initiative, he created new links with the Veterans Benefits Administration New York Regional Office, allowing the NY/NJ network to achieve 100% sufficiency of compensation and pension requests; the best in the nation.

Mr. Farsetta is active in the American College of Healthcare Executives and became a fellow in 1990. He is also an active member of his community, serving as a member of the Board of Visitors for Rockland State Psychiatric Center.


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