Acting director for Illiana Health Care System named

Acting director for Illiana Health Care System named

DANVILLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a new acting director for its Illiana Health Care System based in Danville.

On Monday, Russell E. Lloyd will begin overseeing the delivery of health care in the VA Illiana Health Care System, which includes more than 33,000 veterans and has an operating budget of $175 million.

Lloyd, who replaces the previous acting director, Timothy Cooke, comes to the Danville facility after serving as the Associate Medical Center Director, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, Texas. The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System comprises two large VA medical centers in Temple and Waco, one stand-alone outpatient clinic, four community-based outpatient clinics and a rural outreach clinic that all serve a veteran population of more than 252,000, covering 35,243 square miles in 39 counties.

Paul Bockelman, the veterans integrated service network director for the district that includes the Illiana Health Care System, said Lloyd will oversee the local VA a new medical center director is sought.

Cooke is returning to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia to serve as the acting medical center director.

Lloyd has a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University and bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

The Illiana Health Care System serves veterans in central Illinois and west central Indiana with the medical center located in Danville in addition to five community-based outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Peoria and Springfield and West Lafayette, Ind.

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