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MG(R) Richard A. Stone, MD- “Save Every Life You Can”- Lessons Learned From COVID-19 leading the VHA

Dr. Richard Stone is a Dermatologist and retired Army Major General who served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the US Army. He currently is a Specialist Executive at Deloitte since November 2021. Previously he served as the Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), with authority to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary for Health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, Dr. Stone describes the enormous challenges faced by the VHA during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. He discusses the principles of leadership, often gained during his experience in Military Medicine, that informed his decisions and actions during these turbulent times. Dr. Stone cataloged his insights and lessons in a memoir entitled “Save Every Life You Can- A Reflection on Leadership and Saving Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic, " widely available online and in bookstores.

We talk about what led him to write a book and why it is an important work that will help improve healthcare delivery in the future when we face the next pandemic crisis. Dr. Stone outlines specific steps to improve our future response and provides excellent leadership advice on leading in challenging times, helping the team succeed despite many hurdles and roadblocks, and dealing with an uncertain future.

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