Orlando VA Welcomes New Healthcare System Director

Jan 10, 2020 at 12:11 pm by pj


Mr. Timothy J. Cooke, Brings Leadership, Proven Experience to Orlando VA Medical Center


The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Timothy J. Cooke as the new director of the VA Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.


“We are excited to bring Mr. Cooke on board as the new director of the Orlando VA Medical Center,” 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 employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.  Mr. Cooke’s appointment will begin January 19, 2020.”


Mr. Cooke previously served as the director of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, Va. since 2014 and has held progressive leadership positions at the facility over the last 14 years.  Prior to that, he worked at the he worked at the VA Maryland Health Care System, before lending his expertise to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. He also served as Chief of Engineering at the Jamaica Plain Campus during the VA Boston Healthcare System integration.   From 2003 to 2005, he was in the private health care sector as the Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts.


Mr. Cooke started his VA career as an engineering intern in 1990 and is the son of a U.S. Army World War II Veteran.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of multiple executive leadership development programs to include VA Senior Executive Core Training, the VA Senior Executive Strategic Leadership Course, facility management and planning courses at Harvard University’s School of Design, and many others.


“With a strong sense of governance structure and ability to focus on customer experience, I am certain Mr. Cooke will be an asset to our VISN, our employees and volunteers, our health care partners, the community, and most importantly, to the Veterans we are honored to serve,” Lapuz said.