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DHA director named as one of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders for this year. (MHS file photo) Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders for this year. (MHS file photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders for this year.

Bono’s solutions to the complexity of care and readiness have distinguished her as a leader among health care professionals. As director, she leads a combat support agency that fosters a more globally integrated military health system that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and a ready medical force.

“I am deeply honored to receive this acknowledgement,” Bono said. “Being recognized by my peers is truly gratifying, and I am proud of the impact the Defense Health Agency has made in federal health care.”

Modern Healthcare’s top-50 list includes physician executives who are influencing health care locally and nationally. Profiles can be found in the June 18 issue of the magazine. The 50 leaders are representative of the transformation taking place in the industry, Matthew Weinstock, managing editor of Modern Healthcare, said in a press release.

“From the opioid crisis to dramatic changes in public policy to a shifting reimbursement model, health care organizations are facing significant challenges,” said Weinstock. “The physician executives on this year’s list are at the forefront of driving change in the health care industry.”

Bono is no stranger to change. She has been around the world delivering life-saving care, including as head of casualty receiving in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. She served in Virginia as a surgeon in the medical/surgical intensive care unit at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, as well as in the burns trauma unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

More recently, Bono served as the command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii, and as acting commander, Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical. Serving as director of the National Capital Region Medical Directorate and as the 11th Chief of Navy Medical Corps paved the way for her current role as director of the DHA.

The DHA manages multiple enterprise support activities across the Military Health System, which has an annual budget of $52 billion. The DHA also manages the TRICARE health benefit for 9.4 million beneficiaries,  and oversees health care in the National Capital Region enhanced Multi-Service Market, which includes Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in northern Virginia.


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