VA Sunshine Healthcare Network Announces New VA Healthcare System Director Carlos R. Escobar - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Sunshine Healthcare Network Announces New VA Healthcare System Director Carlos R. Escobar

January 22, 2019

News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         

January 22, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                     

Contact: Mary Kay Rutan, VISN 8 Communication Manager desk: 352-225-1246, marykay.rutan@va.gov

 VA Sunshine Healthcare Network Announces New VA Healthcare System Director Carlos R. Escobar Brings Leadership, Proven Experience

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Carlos R. Escobar as the new director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. Escobar will oversee delivery of health care to more than 66,000 enrolled Veterans and an operating budget of nearly $700 million at the San Juan VA Medical Center and 10 community based clinics.  

“We are excited to bring Mr. Escobar on board as the new director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System,” said Dr. Miguel LaPuz, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8 Director. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the nearly 3,800 employees, volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.  We anticipate he will arrive at the medical center within the next 30 to 45 days to begin his appointment.”

Escobar, brings to VA more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare and business with a proven track record of success in managing and leading transformational change. Most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President at the Augusta Health System, Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia from September 2017. Prior that position, he served as Associate Vice President of Business Operations and Facilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  Escobar also has previous VA experience at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas.     

Escobar holds a Master’s degree in Sciences in Health Professions from Southwest Texas State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on local and national boards of American Leadership Forum, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives.

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