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Syracuse VA Medical Center is getting a new executive director

Mark Murdock

The Syracuse VA Medical Center will have a new executive director at the end of the month.

Mark Murdock brings nearly 40 years of experience as a board certified healthcare executive, according to a release from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Murdock joins Syracuse after leading the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio for 14 years.

Dr. Joan McInerney, a network director for the national VA, said Murdock’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.”

In Syracuse, Murdock will oversee 1,700 staff members and a nearly $300 million budget at the Center, which services more than 50,000 veterans.

He is set to take over his new role in Syracuse on July 30. Murdock is replacing Frank Pearson, who led the city’s VA Center for about two years, before becoming director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System in January.

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