Director of Central Texas VA system to transfer

Christopher R. Sandles. (VA photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) After two years as director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Christopher Sandles is moving to San Antonio to take over as director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, the VA announced Tuesday.

“As I begin my final month with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and our staff, I am so truly blessed to have had the tremendous opportunity to have served as your director.,” Sandles said in a message to employees.

“I am equally honored to continue serving our nation and our veterans in San Antonio and to remain part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network…17 family.”

Sandles was named as director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in January 2017 and started the job in February 2017.

The system includes hospitals in Temple and Waco and a large outpatient clinic in Austin.

Sandles had served as associate director/chief operating officer of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston since 2014, where he was responsible for a $976 million operating budget.

He has also worked as assistant director at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, chief of Health Administration Service at the VA Loma Linda Health Care System, assistant chief of medical administration at the North Texas VA Health Care system, special assistant to the director at the North Texas VA Health Care System and administrative director for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service.

Andrew Garcia has been named interim director effective March 3.