- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a new director for the Iowa City VA Health Care System.

The department said in a statement that Judith Johnson-Mekota will be the system’s new director effective February 8. She has served more than 20 years in health care leadership positions, most recently as director of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System.

The Iowa City VA Health Care System provides health care to more than 40,000 veterans and covers 32 counties in eastern Iowa and 16 counties in western Illinois. It has an operating budget of about $182 million and has more than 1,000 employees.

Johnson-Mekota holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Coe College.

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