Navy Vet Appointed Associate Director at Bay Pines
The associate director is responsible for the executive level oversight of the healthcare system’s Engineering Service, Environmental Management Service, Logistics, Nutrition and Food Service, the Office of Safety and Emergency Management and the VA Police.
SEMINOLE – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of Jonathan S. Benoit as associate director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
His appointment took effect Sunday (June 24).
As the associate director, Benoit is responsible for the executive level oversight of the healthcare system’s Engineering Service, Environmental Management Service, Logistics, Nutrition and Food Service, the Office of Safety and Emergency Management and the VA Police. In addition, he will act as the organizational liaison to the Network Contracting Office, Office of Information and Technology, and the Veterans Canteen Service.
“As a U.S. Navy veteran and established health care administration professional, John has proven himself to be an outstanding leader in every position and assignment he has held,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. “I am excited that he will now be able to share his talents and expertise with us as a member of the executive leadership team.”
Before his appointment as associate director, Benoit served as the acting assistant director since February 2018. Before that, he served as chief, Health Administration Service since August 2016 and also served in a similar capacity for Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System in Denver before coming to Bay Pines.
Benoit began his VA career as a Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program fellow with the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, and then took a position with the Orlando VA Medical Center as the Chief of Data Quality for the center’s Health Administration Service.
Benoit is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of North Florida with a bachelors of science degree in Community Health and holds a masters of science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a Navy veteran and has earned the prestigious reputation of being one of the quickest promotions to the rank of chief petty officer in naval history. Benoit has more than 18 years of experience working in three different government sectors, many of those years in health care.
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,300 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida.
The organization is one of the largest VA health care systems in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by the Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations
. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities including the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.
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