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Bryan C. Matthews appointed Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Director

January 5, 2018

Bryan C. Matthews appointed Medical Center Director, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System

Biloxi, Mississippi — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan C. Matthews, as director of the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS), effective January 21, 2018.

In this position, Mr. Matthews will oversee delivery of health care to more than 56,000 Veterans. GCVHCS is accredited by The Joint Commission to serve Veterans across three states. The complexity level 1c VA Medical Center is located in Biloxi, Mississippi, with four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Panama City Beach, Florida.

“We are excited to have Mr. Matthews on board as the new director of the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facilities, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve,” said Skye McDougall, PhD, South Central VA Health Care Network director.

Mr. Matthews has more than 30 years of experience in health care management. Most recently, Mr. Matthews served as the Medical Center Director at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO), Fayetteville, Arkansas. He began his VA career at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, as the Chief of Supply, Processing and Distribution, and later as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director.

He then transferred to the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director. He has held other positions as the Associate Medical Center Director for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

While serving at the VHSO, Mr. Matthews achieved a five-star VA SAIL rating for overall facility performance compared to other VA medical centers. During this time, the facility was awarded the 2016 Gold Fit Friendly Award from the American Heart Association for two consecutive years and received HEI Leader status in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equality Index for the third consecutive year.

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix.