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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

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NEWS RELEASE: New Director Assumes Helm of VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

March 25, 2015

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Office of Public Affairs

Contact: Will Ackerman, Public Affairs Director

Office: (402) 995-4719 Cell: (402) 332-6780



OMAHA, Neb. — Don Burman started his tenure as the director of the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (VA NWIHCS) March 24.  

Burman has served more than 28 years in health care leadership positions within VA and private health care. He most recently served as medical center director, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC), White City, Ore. 

Burman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Burman is a member in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Burman is a 10-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force. 

Burman has an exceptional background and possesses the leadership, knowledge, and skills necessary to successfully lead the VA NWIHCS into the future. 

The VA NWIHCS is a Joint Commission-accredited, level-1c facility, which consists of a tertiary medical center in Omaha, Neb., and two larger clinics in Lincoln and Grand Island – which includes a community living center – five community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) and one contract clinic. VA NWIHCS is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23), which serves an estimated veteran population of 161,000 in 101 counties in Nebraska, western Iowa, Kansas and Missouri with an estimated 593,000 annual outpatient visits, and an operating budget of $334 million as of October 2014.