April 26, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A Fayetteville VA Medical Center employee has been selected for a leadership position in an Arizona medical center.
James Belmont, Fayetteville VAMC facility planner, will take over the reigns as associate director for operations at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, Ariz. He will report to the high desert medical center in May.
As the associate director, Belmont will oversee day-to-day operations of the Prescott hospital and its five community based outpatient clinics. This includes such services as finance, facilities housekeeping and maintenance, logistics, human resources and health administration.
Belmont, a Veteran who served in the Army from 1978 to 1983, started his VA career at the Togus, Maine, VAMC in 1983 as a biomedical engineering technician before coming to Fayetteville as a biomedical engineering supervisor in 1989. Since then, he's also served as chief of engineering, staff assistant to the director and as the medical center's facility planner and spent six weeks in 2010 as acting associate director at the same facility as part of the VA's Executive Career Field Development Program.
He said he's excited about his new position.
"I like the challenges this position will bring," Belmont said. "I'll have the ability to make positive contributions to the VA and to motivate people to reach higher goals."
While the Prescott hospital is roughly the same physical size as the Fayetteville VAMC it covers a more expansive area that includes highly rural sections with poor infrastructure. Providing access to the high quality health care Veterans deserve can be difficult in those areas, Belmont explained.
"We're trying to get Telehealth into those areas, but you still have areas on the Indian nations without power or high speed internet," he said. "Part of the challenge is working with the communities to try and get those services out there."
While he's looking forward to his upcoming move, he said he'll also miss the Fayetteville area.
"Fayetteville has given me some unique opportunities that I would not have been afforded otherwise," Belmont said. "(The Fayetteville VAMC) has a great staff and I feel under the current management team, Fayetteville can continue to be one of the greatest VA facilities in our system."
Fayetteville VAMC Director Elizabeth Goolsby agreed, saying that Belmont's selection shows the caliber of staff here.
"We have some of the finest, most dedicated employees that you'll find anywhere, and Jim's selection as associate director is just the latest example of that," Goolsby said. "This is a big step forward for him, and I wish him all the best as he steps up the challenge."
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