ARLINGTON, TX — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Joseph M. Dalpiaz to head the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network.
The former Dallas VA Medical Center returns to the metroplex after serving as the director of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center for more than three years.
In his new post Dalpiaz will oversee a network of four health care systems that serve a population of more than one million veterans residing in 134 counties stretching from the Oklahoma border to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The four systems are located in Dallas, Temple, San Antonio and Harlingen.
Dalpiaz, a Pennsylvania native, began his VA career in 1985 as a social worker and earned his master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. A strong Veterans advocate, he brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, financial management and organization design.
“I am excited to be back in North Texas and look forward to the challenges this new position brings,” Dalpiaz said. “My priorities include performance measures, workforce development, customer service, affiliate relationships, clinical quality management, strategic planning, and leadership training.”
He looks to having a premier Network of integrated health care systems that provide optimal access, scope and quality health care to Veterans; to be recognized for excellence in medical research and the education of health care professionals; to demonstrate continuous improvement and innovation in service delivery that has high patient satisfaction, is cost effective and anticipates changes in technology and the health care requirements of the population served; and to be a resource for national emergencies. He wants his health care network to be the Veterans’ first choice in health care.
“Texas is second to California in veteran population, and priorities outlined above will assess our present capabilities as well as future projections that will provide care for veterans of the greatest generation to the newest generation,” said Dalpiaz. “That is the mission of VA – and our veterans deserve no less.”