Temple VA Hospital bids farewell to their leader of nearly 4 years

POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:41am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 9:30pm

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System says goodbye to their current director, Thomas C. Smith, III on Wednesday.

Smith has been Director of CTVHCS since April 2009. As Director, he is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of this multi-million dollar VA health care system with an annual budget of approximately $544 million and 3,400 employees. CTVHCS is comprised of two major VA hospitals in Temple and Waco, a large stand-alone outpatient clinic in Austin, and four community based outpatient clinics located in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Palestine, and Cedar Park, and a rural outreach clinic in La Grange. Smith is transferring to the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama, as their Director, effective February 24, 2013.

Smith entered the Department of Veterans Affairs in November 2005 as Assistant Director for Operations and was appointed Associate Director for Resources on April 1, 2007. In these positions he was responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the health care system.

Smith came to the Department of Veterans Affairs and CTVHCS from St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion, Kansas, where he served for nearly two years as CEO and Administrator of a critical access hospital with a long-term care facility. Prior to this, he spent more than 22 years in the Army and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. During those 22 years in the Army, Smith served in progressively responsible positions culminating as Deputy Commander for Administration of Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia.

While in the military, Smith was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit, an honorary organization which recognizes leadership and significant contributions to the Army Medical Department. He also earned the Expert Field Medical Badge and received numerous awards, the highest being the Army Legion of Merit.

Smith is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) serves on the ACHE VA Regent’s Advisory Board, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University in Alabama, and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University in Texas. He graduated from Leadership VA and the Interagency Institute for Health Care Executives in 2008.

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