July 7, 2010
SALISBURY, N.C. – Mr. Paul M. Russo has been selected to be the next director of the Salisbury VA Medical Center. Mr. Russo reports in mid-August to take the reins of what is one of the fastest growing medical centers in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Russo replaces Ms. Carolyn Adams who left in February to become the director of the Charleston S.C. VA Medical Center.
“Paul Russo has held many leadership roles and excelled in all. He’s the right person to lead the Salisbury VA Medical Center and associated outpatient clinics through this period of dynamic growth,” said Daniel Hoffmann, Director of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network.
Mr. Russo comes to this assignment from the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, where he has served as the Associate Director since December 2004. He has worked in seven medical centers during his 28 years of service in the Veterans Health Administration.
“This is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a dynamic organization,” said Russo. “The growth in this area’s Veteran population is unprecedented and I’m happy to be here at a time when VA is meeting that growth with new state-of-the art facilities like the Hickory Clinic which opened last month, and the new Health Care Centers approved for Winston-Salem and Charlotte. I look forward to working with the Salisbury leadership team and dedicated staff, veterans representatives, congressional offices and the community to provide high quality care to veterans and support to their family members”.
Mr. Russo earned his bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition in 1982 from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, obtaining his registered dietitian credential in October 1982. He earned his Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005. He is board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and currently serves as the Chairman of the ACHE Career Development Committee.
The Salisbury VA Medical Center opened on October 15, 1953 and was renamed the “W.G. (Bill) Hefner” Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center on April 16, 1999, honoring Congressman Hefner’s commitment to Veterans. In fiscal year 2009, the medical center, along with its three outpatient clinics in Charlotte, Hickory and Winston-Salem, cared for 76,464 Veterans in the 24-county area of the Central Piedmont Region of North Carolina. Salisbury VA Medical Center is one of eight major facilities of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network which provides care to more than 450,000 Veterans through its network of medical centers in Asheville, Fayetteville, and Durham, NC; Richmond, Hampton and Salem, VA; Beckley, WV, and 17 affiliated outpatient clinics.