Richard Salgueiro is a decorated Army veteran who fulfilled numerous leadership roles in Iraq

CANANDAIGUA — Retired Army Lt. Col. Richard W. Salgueiro has been named associate director of the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The VA announced Salgueiro will “provide management and operations oversight” for the Canandaigua VA and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic.

Together, the two facilities sport an operating budget of $117 million and serve more than 20,000 veterans in the Finger Lakes region.

With more than 25 years of leadership experience in health care, Salgueiro has “expertise and knowledge in systems redesign, performance improvement and capital replacement strategic planning,” according to the VA.

Prior to joining the staff at the Canandaigua VA earlier this month, Salgueiro was the executive assistant director at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont. Most recently, Salgueiro worked at the Phoenix VA Health Care System in Arizona to support the organization’s improvement efforts.

During a 21-year Army career, Salgueiro held a variety of leadership posts. Those included posts as deputy commander for administration, department director and senior adviser to the Iraqi Armed Forces Surgeon General, Multinational Forces Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A retired lieutenant colonel with the Medical Service Corps, Salgueiro was awarded numerous military medals including the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation. He holds both the Airborne and Expert Field medical badges and is a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit from the Army Medical Department.

The selection of Salgueiro comes six months after the Canandaigua VA announced Michael J. Swartz as its director. Swartz, who had been interim director since last June, oversees operations for the Canandaigua VA and its affiliated Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic.

The Canandaigua VA at 400 Fort Hill Ave. encompasses 150 acres housing 14 patient-care buildings with focus on primary, mental health and speciality care in addition to alcohol and drug rehabilitation and other services. The site is a designated VA Center of Excellence for research and education of mental health issues and home to the national Veterans Crisis Line.

The Canandaigua VA and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic serve patients from Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. Both facilities maintain academic affiliations with numerous colleges and universities.

Salgueiro attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and earned a master’s in Health Systems Administration and bachelor’s in business from Suffolk University in Boston. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives. Salgueiro is board certified in healthcare management and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt recipient.