Michael J. Swartz will oversee the VAs in Canandaigua and Rochester, which employ 900 people and service more than 20,000 veterans in the region.

Michael J. Swartz, who has been interim director of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center since June 2015, is now its new director. Under his new role, Swartz will oversee the Canandaigua VA and its affiliated Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic — with an operating budget of $117 million and service to more than 20,000 veterans in the Finger Lakes region.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Swartz on board as the new director of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center,” stated Dr. Joan McInerney, veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 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.”

Swartz will continue as interim medical center director for the Bath VA Medical Center until a replacement is named, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that made the announcement Monday.

With more than 32 years working in the VA system, Swartz has held numerous leadership positions in VA health care in upstate New York. Most recently, he was interim medical center director at the Canandaigua VA for 13 months while still retaining full duties and responsibilities as the director for the Bath VA for the past 52 months. He was named interim director in Canandaigua following the retirement of director Craig Howard on May 31, 2015.

Swartz has held additional positions as associate medical center director Syracuse VA Medical Center, acting medical center director at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, and director, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Care Line for VISN 2.

With a masters of Public Administration from State University of New York at Brockport, Swartz is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The Canandaigua VA and the Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic employ more than 900 employees and serve veterans in five counties in the Finger Lakes region.