Statements from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senator Patty Murray on New Spokane VA Medical Center Director

Dec 26, 2008
Health Care
Press

Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senator Patty Murray released the following statements regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement that current Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director Sharon Helman will become the full time director of the Spokane VA Medical Center:

“Eastern Washington’s veterans have benefited from Sharon Helman’s leadership and dedication. Sharon helped lead and manage a high quality of care for veterans at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center despite the many changes and challenges the facility has faced,” McMorris Rodgers said. “As the full time director at the VA Medical Center in Spokane with continued oversight of the Walla Walla VA Medical Center, veterans who rely on the Spokane and Walla Walla facilities for their care will benefit from Sharon’s leadership, vision and dedication. I am confident Sharon’s leadership will prove essential in making Eastern Washington’s VA medical facilities a shining example of the commitment and dedication our nation has for caring for veterans and their families.”

“I am thrilled that the VA has recognized Sharon’s outstanding work and is giving her the opportunity to help even more veterans in Eastern Washington. Her leadership in Walla Walla has increased access to care and services to our region’s veterans. And her enthusiasm and ‘get-it-done’ attitude have made a real difference throughout our region. I can’t think of a better advocate for our veterans or a better person for this expanded position than Sharon,” said Senator Patty Murray.

DeAnn Dietrich will assume the position of acting director at the Walla Walla location on June 2nd.

Contact:
Destry Henderson
202-225-2006
202-279-0418

Recent Posts


McMorris Rodgers Introduces Bill Expanding Service Opportunities for Disability Community

Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reintroduced the Hannah Cvancara Service Act (H.R. 7405) to empower individuals with a non-service-connected amputation to serve the United States Armed Forces as medical personnel. This legislation was inspired by Hannah Cvancara, a Spokane resident who suffered a childhood amputation that disqualified her from serving […]



McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell Applaud Approval of Disaster Declaration for Spokane County Following Devastating Wildfires

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in Spokane County and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gray Fire and the Oregon Road Fire in August 2023. After the announcement, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) […]



Feb 15, 2024
Press

McMorris Rodgers Helps Pass Bipartisan Bill to Block President Biden’s LNG Export Ban, Unleash American Energy

Washington D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) helped the House of Representatives pass the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act (H.R. 7176) to reverse President Biden’s American liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. She released the following statement after the vote: “The President’s decision to impose a ban on new permits […]