2004 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.

The recipient of this award is Stanley Q. Johnson, Director, Tomah VA Medical Center, Tomah, WI.  Throughout his twenty-four year career in the federal health care system, Mr. Johnson has planned and implemented the reorganization of his medical center and had a significant role in the establishment of several major programs in the VISN system and has helped to foster collaboration between federal, state and community organizations to share resources.  Through his work, Mr. Johnson has improved efficiency, access, and quality of care, as well as increased revenue generation to ensure the long-term availability of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services.

As director of the Tomah VA Medical Center, Mr. Johnson reorganized the medical center into six service lines, reducing overall staffing levels and eliminating layers of management, resulting in over $7 million in savings, which were used to enhance outpatient services and establish four community-based outpatient clinics to bring services closer to veterans’ homes.  As a result of his efforts, Tomah VAMC has been able to accommodate a 125% increase in patients in four years, while maintaining exceptional access, quality, and a cost per patient well below average.

Mr. Johnson also played a key role in several projects to link the seven hospitals within his network, including the consolidation of laboratory and pathology services to two core labs and the establishment of a digital imaging network linking all seven radiology departments.  These efforts have allowed for standardization and cost savings across the network.  Mr. Johnson has also overseen the development of the business office for the network, which coordinates purchasing, contracting, and third-party billing functions.  The office has improved accountability across the network and achieved significant savings.

Mr. Johnson has also reached out to other branches of the federal system, brokering a sharing agreement with the Department of Defense to provide care to Ft. McCoy, a major training and deployment facility for National Guard and Reserve units.  He is currently exploring opportunities to partner with the Indian Health Service as well.

Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA.  He is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives and active in several Tomah community groups.


About AHA


Member Constituency Sections

Key Relationships

News Center

Performance Improvement

Advocacy Issues

Products & Services


Research & Trends


155 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60606

800 10th Street, N.W.
Two CityCenter, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001-4956