VAPORHCS Director's farewell message - VA Portland Health Care System
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VAPORHCS Director's farewell message

Michael W. Fisher

Michael W. Fisher, outgoing Director of VA Portland Health Care System. Mr. Fisher's last day was October 5, 2018.

By VAPORHCS
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Some of you may not have heard this news yet, but I was offered and accepted a position as the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network Director. My last day serving as the VAPORHCS Director is October 5. Tracye Davis, the VAPORHCS Deputy Director, will be appointed as the Interim Director until a new director is onboard.

Since June 2016, I have been privileged to serve as your health care system Director. I am deeply grateful to the thousands of VA staff who I have had the honor to work with serving our nation’s Veterans. Every day I witnessed our employees place the interests of Veterans above and beyond their own self-interests, serving with compassion, dignity, and dedication to VA’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.

Over the course of the last several years, VAPORHCS has made significant and lasting progress in expanding access for Veterans while continuously improving the quality of care and customer service our Veterans deserve and expect. We have come a long way together in bringing this health care system into the 21st Century in ways that will serve Veterans well into the future. Yet, there is more work still to be done, and I have no doubt this health care system will achieve all it sets out to do in the interest of Veterans.

I want to thank all those involved in the many partnerships we have that without, we would not be successful. The members of our Veterans and Family Advisory Board provide immeasurable assistance with their candid and insightful perspectives and their support of projects and initiatives across a broad spectrum of services, challenges, and topics. Thank you for your many dedicated hours of volunteering to help us improve in the way we provide care and services.

The VSO Committee is a key and inclusive group of partnering Veteran Service Organizations and Veteran Service Officers. This group actively participates in monthly discussions about the services we provide and shares invaluable feedback on the way we deliver those services. Thank you to all 80+ members of that committee and for all you do to serve Veterans in our communities across the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you to our federal congressional stakeholder offices who we work with regularly to help set the conditions to enable the VA to provide the best care possible.

Lastly, thank you to all our 95,000+ Veterans we serve every year across VAPORHCS. This is our VA – yours and every staff member who walks in our doors to serve you. We are here to care for all of our Nation’s heroes whose service and sacrifice inspires us all. That is our important and non-negotiable mission. I’m honored to have served you here and excited to continue in another capacity elsewhere.

Thank you for your service and for letting us serve you.

Michael Fisher



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