Liversage named director of Fargo VA Medical Center
FARGO — Lavonne Liversage has been named the new director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here.
The medical center and its satellite clinics serve almost 33,000 veterans in North Dakota and western Minnesota with a system that has a budget of $169 million.
“I am very eager to come back again and have the opportunity to serve veterans in North Dakota and western Minnesota,” Liversage said Thursday.
Liversage joined Veterans Affairs in 1996 as chief of the accounting section at the Fargo center and was named chief financial officer in 2000 before taking a senior management position in Des Moines, Iowa, with the agency.
She returned to Fargo as associate director of the center. Most recently she has served as deputy director of the VA’s Rocky Mountain Network, based in Denver.
A native of Hamden, Liversage graduated with a business degree from the University of North Dakota and holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Mary.
One of her first priorities here will be to hire a permanent medical chief of staff and open a new veterans’ clinic at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.
“Homeless veterans are always a concern, especially in western North Dakota,” she said.
A social worker based in Williston will be doing a needs assessment of services for homeless veterans in the area.
Liversage will be meeting with veterans service officers, representatives of veterans groups and the medical community, and staff at all levels.
“A lot of the people have changed since I left three years ago,” Liversage said.
Janet Murphy, director of the VA region that includes the Fargo center, said Liversage brings “sound leadership qualities and proven experience” to the director’s position.