Associate Director Announcement - VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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VA Central Iowa Health Care System


Associate Director Announcement

Sara Ackert

Associate Director, Sara Ackert

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Central Iowa Health Care System Director Gail Graham, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara S. Ackert as the Associate Director for the VA Central Iowa Health Care System effective February 17, 2019.

Ms. Ackert was appointed Associate Director for the Sioux Falls VA Medical Health Care System on September 14, 2008. Ms. Ackert received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with emphasis in psychology from Grandview College and her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Des Moines University. She is a graduate of the VHA Executive Career Field (ECF) Leadership Development Program and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She began her VA career as an ICU staff nurse at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. While at VA Central Iowa she also held positions of increasing responsibility including Quality Management Specialist, Compliance Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Administrative Officer for the Chief of Staff, and Administrative Officer to the Medical Center Director. In addition to being the Associate Director at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, she has served multiple details as Acting Director to include time spent at VA Central Iowa Health Care System.

Please help us welcome Ms. Ackert back to Iowa in the upcoming months as we work with you to further serve Central Iowa Veterans!




Our leadership team would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nicole Findlay for stepping into this Acting Associate Director role and doing such a tremendous job with not only the service lines she supports, but with the entire staff.  We know quite a few of our valued partners had worked with or at least spoken with Ms. Findlay during her Acting Associate Director time and also share our sentiments regarding the tremendous job she has done.  We look forward to continuing to work with her as she transitions back into her Finance Chief role.




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