2015-06-04 / Local & State

Hickey Selected To Serve On Commission

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart Hickey has been selected to serve on the Commission on Care established by Congress to examine how to best deliver healthcare to the nation’s veterans.

Appointed to the commission by Mitch McConnell, majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Hickey will be one of only 15 voting members on the panel, which was established by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The goal of the commission is to examine how best to strategically organize the Veterans’ Health Administration, locate healthcare resources and deliver care to veterans.

“Stewart’s perspective is veteran- centered and expert driven. He is an excellent choice to ensure the best healthcare choices for veterans all across the country,” said Senator McConnell. Mc- Connell appointed Stewart for his military service and executive leadership in healthcare administration and the nonprofit, veteran service organization sectors, noting he adds a valuable balance of professional expertise and first-person experience to the commission’s due diligence and understanding in evaluating access to care throughout the VA healthcare system.

Since 2011, Maj. Stewart M. Hickey, United States Marine Corps, (Retired) has served as AMVETS national executive director where he operates the nation’s fourth largest congressionally chartered veterans service organization and its subordinate organizations, and the daily advocacy of issues affecting veterans, national security, foreign affairs and the economy. Previously he was chief executive officer for the Hyndman (Pa.) Area Health Center, a multi-site community health center providing medical and dental services to several counties of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. His healthcare administration includes as chief human resources officer and chief operating officer of Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown, Md., a 123-bed JCAHO accredited, long-term care and sub acute hospital with rehab, OT, PT and respiratory care.

Hickey received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Penn State University, and his Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1977 as an infantryman, and his commission in1978. Major Hickey served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for his achievements as Commanding Officer, Company D, Third Tank Battalion, Task Force RIPPER, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Saudi Arabia from September 1990 to February 1991.

Hickey resides on his family farm in Cumberland Valley Township (Bedford Co.) and in McConnellsburg, Pa. He and his wife Ellen have five children: Monroe, Ali, Charles, Andrew, and Bryce. Three of his sons, Andrew, Monroe and Charles, followed their father’s path and currently serve in the United States military.

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