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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System Announces New Director


Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO AM) - The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Darwin G. Goodspeed as the new Director of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Goodspeed on board as the new Director of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System,” said Ms. Janet Murphy, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 23) Director. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care system, the employees, volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will arrive at the Sioux Falls VA medical center within the next 30 to 45 days to begin his appointment.”

Mr. Goodspeed has worked more than 16 years in health care leadership positions within VA, Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector. He most recently served as Associate Director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and as Acting Director of the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Goodspeed holds graduate degrees in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; a Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire College, Manchester, New Hampshire, a Master in Health Care Administration from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and an undergraduate degree in Business Management/Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System provides health care to approximately 29,000 Veterans in South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa, The health care system is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research, a community living center and five community based outpatient clinics. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is one of eight health care systems, 60 community based outpatient or outreach clinics, eight community living centers and four domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment programs within VISN 23. VISN 23 covers 392,000 square miles and serves 422,992 enrolled Veterans residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Darwin Goodspeed has an exceptional background and possesses the leadership, knowledge, and skills necessary to successfully lead the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System into the future.