University of Michigan alumnus Mr. Kenneth H. Mizrach (MPH ’74) director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New Jersey Health Care System, is recipient of the 2015 Spirit of Planetree Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the International Patient-Centered Care Conference, Boston, recognizing Mizrach’s commitment and leadership in the advancement of Patient-Centered Care.
Mr. Mizrach has had a long and distinguished career with VA, beginning over 41 years ago in 1974 as an administrative assistant to the chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, culminating with his positions as director of the East Orange VA facility in 1992 and current appointment as director of the VA New Jersey Health Care System since 1996.
Mr. Mizrach received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Achievement from President Bill Clinton in 1997 and Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Achievement from President George W. Bush in 2007 and 2002, and from President Bill Clinton in 1995. He earned his Master’s in Public Health in 1974 from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his Bachelor’s in Political Science in 1972 from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.