Lt. Gen. Ronald Place becomes third DHA Director

“Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place became the third director of the Defense Health Agency today in a ceremony at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va.”

“He succeeds Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, who is retiring after 36 years of service and has been the DHA director since 2015.”

“Tom McCaffery, the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, who served as host of the ceremony, said it’s been an honor to work with Bono. He thanked her, saying military medicine is “better off for your decision to dedicate yourself to public service. Congratulations on a remarkable career…”

“Place led the Military Health System’s National Defense Authorization Act 2017 Program Management Office, which oversaw the review of some of the most sweeping organizational changes in military medicine in decades.”

“In the past two years, Place has served in DHA leadership roles. He led the National Capital Region Medical Directorate and later the transitional Intermediate Management Organization that oversaw the transition of the first set of military hospitals and clinics to the DHA.  Earlier in 2019, he became DHA’s interim assistant director for health care administration, a key position that will eventually have oversight over all military hospitals and clinics…” Read the full article here.

Source: A change in leadership for the Defense Health Agency – September 3, 2019. Health.mil.

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