AUGUSTA Maine — The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of Ryan Lilly as the new director of the VA Maine Healthcare System. Lilly will oversee delivery of a full-service hospital classified as a Complexity Level 2 facility that provides care to over 39,000 unique veterans from Maine, with an operating budget of more than $259 million.

“We are pleased to appoint Mr. Lilly as the new director of the VA Maine Healthcare System,” said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 director. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will transition to this role at the medical center within the next 30 days.”

Lilly joined the VA more than 13 years ago and has held progressive leadership positions at the VA Health Administration Center, Denver, Colo.; White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, Vt.; and VA Rural Health Resource Center-Eastern Region. Most recently, he served as the associate medical center director/chief operating officer at the VA Maine Healthcare System in Augusta since June 2006.

Lilly holds a master of public administration from West Virginia University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history in 1997 at the University of Maine at Farmington. He is a member of the ALS-Maine Collaborative.

VA Maine Healthcare System is part of the VA New England Healthcare System which includes eight medical centers, located in the six New England States. VA Maine Healthcare System is an integral part of VISN 1 and is comprised of one campus located in Augusta as well as seven community-based outpatient clinics in Portland, Saco, Calais, Rumford, Lewiston-Auburn, Caribou, Bangor and three access points in Lincoln, Houlton and Fort Kent to serve veterans in all parts of the state.