Swalwell to Hold Facebook Live Q&A with Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System

May 26, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced he will hold a Facebook Live Q&A on Thursday, May 28 with special guest Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, CHESP, Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

“I am glad to resume our Facebook Live Q&A series with Director Fitzgerald of the Palo Alto VA,” said Swalwell. “This specialized conversation will focus on what resources are available for veterans in the Bay Area, and what testing and treatment options the VA currently offers.”

The Facebook Live Q&A will take place at 1:30 PM PT on Thursday, May 28. 

Members of the public and press can join at: Facebook.com/CongressmanEricSwalwell

Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance on the event Facebook page.

House votes are scheduled for Thursday, May 28th. If votes are called during this event, a member of Congressman Swalwell’s staff will step in to moderate and facilitate your questions and ensure this event continues as scheduled.

Thomas J, Fitzgerald III was appointed Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in June 2017. He previously served as Deputy Director from January 2013 through June 2017. He oversees one of the most complex facilities in the VA system with an annual budget in excess of $1.1 billion, more than 7,000 staff and volunteers, 808 operating beds spread between three inpatient divisions, and 7 community outpatient clinics and a myriad of special programs. He also is responsible for maintaining a cooperative and supportive relationship with affiliate Stanford University School of Medicine, numerous academic affiliations in allied health programs, and other community health institutions. 

Fitzgerald is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran who served in the U.S Army active and reserve for 16 years as a Medical Non Commissioned Officer; he served in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He began his VA Career in 1988 as a Nursing Assistant at the North Chicago VA Medical Center and later served there as a Housekeeping Aide, Housekeeping Assistant General Foreman, Assistant Chief of Environmental Care and Operations, and Chief of Environmental Care and Operations; he later served as Chief of the Environmental Management Service and Assistant Director for VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare management from the American InterContinental University, and he is a graduate of the VA management development course in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP) by the American Hospital Association affiliate, Association for the Healthcare Environment. He is also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

The Facebook Live Q&A is free and open to the public. Questions can be submitted in advance via the event Facebook page or through the “Contact Me” form at Swalwell.House.Gov.