2002 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.

Ken Clark, Network Director, Department of Veterans Affairs
and Past Chair of the Federal Health Systems Governing Council
accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Jacqueline Parthemore.

The recipient of this award is Jacqueline Parthemore, MD, Chief of Staff and Medical Director, Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), San Diego, California

Dr. Parthemore has contributed to the improvement of federal health care for over 26 years, serving as the VASDHS Chief of Staff since 1984.  As the longest standing female Chief of Staff in the Veterans Health Administration, she has led the way in providing patients with top quality, accessible healthcare.  As an organizational leader, she has modeled the highest professional standards and has inspired others through her visionary, optimistic approach.  Dr. Parthemore has promoted a strong affiliation with the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, serving as an Associate Dean.  In this role, VASDHS has risen to national prominence as a center for research excellence.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Parthemore directs all VASDHS clinical, medical education, and research activities, oversees nearly 2000 employees, and assures the successful delivery of inpatient and outpatient care to 40,000 veterans.  She has led VASDHS during a period of growth from 210,000 annual encounters in 1985 to nearly 370,000 in 2001, with a corresponding growth in the facility budget from $77.6 million to $232 million.  During this expansion, Dr. Parthemore has promoted strategic planning in line with national and local priorities and has led the way in performance improvement.  She has championed innovative healthcare delivery, state-of-the-art technology and information systems, and clinical excellence.  Her success is indicated by top scores for VASDHS from the JCAHO, receipt of the highest ratings in VHA for 7 of 9 categories of inpatient satisfaction with care, establishment of the San Diego Center for Patient Safety in collaboration with VASDHS’s academic affiliate, rapid implementation of computerized medical record and bar-coding medication dispensing systems, development of tertiary services in electro physiology, CT surgery, neurosurgery, the construction of a state-of the-art ICU and Procedure Center, and the development of 5 community-based outpatient clinics.

Throughout her career, Dr. Parthemore has championed the VHA mission to “serve the health care needs of America’s Veterans with dignity and compassion.”    Dr. Parthemore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.  She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York.



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