- David B. Isaacks was appointed as the new director of the Sunshine Healthcare Network, the Veterans Affairs healthcare provider for Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Isaacks previously served as executive health system director of the North Florida and South Georgia Veterans Health System
- Florida is home to several of the largest VA hospitals in the country
- In total, the network consists of eight large medical centers
The Department of Veterans Affairs appointed David B. Isaacks as its new director of the Sunshine Healthcare Network, covering Florida, South Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Isaacks will oversee the delivery of health care to nearly 800,000 Veterans and an operating budget of $5.6 billion.
Since July 2021, Isaacks has served as the executive health system director of the North Florida and South Georgia Veterans Health System, also working as executive director of the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
During his tenure spanning the COVID-19 pandemic, Isaacks earned the institution the Missouri Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
“We are excited to bring Mr. Isaacks on board as the new director of VISN 8,” said RimaAnn Nelson, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Operations. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care network, the employees, and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.
The VA is the largest healthcare system in the U.S. and is comprised of hundreds of hospitals, medical centers, and clinics. Florida is home to several of the largest VA health facilities in the country including James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami, and the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, all containing at least 285 staffed beds.
The Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 8), which Isaacks now leads, is based in St. Petersburg, encompassing seven healthcare systems that include eight large medical centers, more than 60 outpatient clinics, and seven community living centers.
Isaacks served in the United States Marine Corps for just over 8 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.