2006 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Hospital Constituency Section, and recognizes a senior federal health care executive 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 Bruce Alan Gordon, MSHA, Medical Center Director, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, TX.   Mr. Gordon has contributed to the improvement of the federal health care system for over 30 years and has served as a VA Director at six different facilities.  As Director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), he oversees over 2,700 employees and assures the delivery of care to 80,000 veterans.  In 2006, CTVHCS, one of the largest integrated health care systems in the VA with a budget of over $350 million, operated more than 1000 beds and handled more than 800,000 outpatient visits.  The system includes one of the newest VA hospitals and one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities.

Mr. Gordon has been instrumental at CTVHCS in reestablishing the VA's focus on education and research and has built strong personal relationships with the community leaders and Congressional representatives.   During his tenure, CTVHCS provided critical relief efforts to the devastated victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Through his creative use of hospital facilities, Mr. Gordon and CTVHCS were able to provide disaster relief and care for more than 600 hurricane evacuees.  Mr. Gordon used his leadership and crisis management skills to address and resolve the numerous daily needs of operating 2 shelters in collaboration with Health and Human Services, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Through this collaboration, by the end of the first full day of operation, over 200 patients were being housed.  Not content to just provide for the most basic needs, Mr. Gordon led efforts to include recreational activities as a critical element of the shelter activities.

Mr. Gordon is a talented and inspirational leader who is distinguished amongst local and national VA and civic organizations.  In addition to his Directorial duties, Mr. Gordon is currently the National Chairman for the VHA Mentor and Coach Advisory Board.  He was selected for this position because he has inspired a decade of health care professionals to continue tasks of learning, caring, and teaching to enhance the care of veterans.  He also chaired the Network Financial Asset and Management board and the VISN Advanced Clinical Access Committee for VISN 17 in 2006.

Mr. Gordon has served in numerous positions throughout his 30 plus years in the Veterans Health Administration.  He is a member of numerous community and national organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives.   Mr. Gordon received his Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University, his Master's in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and post-graduate education in Business Administration at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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