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VA Southeast Network (VISN7)


New CAVHCS Director Appointed

September 11, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amir Farooqi, FACHE, as Director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. Mr. Farooqi will oversee the delivery of health care services to more than 134,000 Veterans and an operating budget of more than $273 million.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Farooqi on board as the permanent Director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System,” said Joe Battle, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 7 Interim Director. “Mr. Farooqi’s sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”

Prior to his current appointment, he served as Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System’s Interim Director since October 2019. Before that, he served as Tuscaloosa’s Associate Medical Center Director since July 2017 after serving Veterans for 15 years at the medical center, network and national levels. Before that, he was Acting Assistant Director at Atlanta VAMC.

Before joining the VISN 7 team, Mr. Farooqi was the Senior Analyst in VHA Strategic Planning under the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Planning. In this role, he coordinated VHA’s National Leadership Council Strategic Planning Summit, supported the VHA Strategic Plan, and coordinated VHA’s Performance Plan in VA’s Congressional Budget submission.

The Central Alabama VA Health Care System is part of the Southeast VA Healthcare Network, which oversees the delivery of health care services to more than 1.4 million Veterans living within the states of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is a fully accredited, two-medical center health care system. The Montgomery campus provides Acute Care and Specialty Medicine, Surgery, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Psychiatry and Home-Based Primary Care.

The Tuskegee medical center operates a 100-bed New Horizon Community Living Center, which includes a 10-bed Palliative Care Unit, 10-bed Acute Care Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and a 30-bed High-Intensity Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. It also provides a Mental Health Residential Treatment Program, consisting of a 43-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Therapy Program, a 30-bed Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program and 12 beds in the community for Compensated Work Therapy transitional residents.