Daniel L. Dücker, MSS, M Ed

Daniel L. Dücker, MSS, M Ed

Executive Director
Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System

Mr. Daniel L. Dücker became the Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System Executive Director in June 2019. As the Executive Director, he leads a team of more than 2,500 healthcare professionals and staff, serving over 85,000 Veterans at fifteen locations throughout 19 counties in southeast NC, with an overall operating budget of more than 750 million dollars.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served respectively as the Acting Deputy Network Director for VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) in Durham, NC and Interim Medical Center Director for VA Maine HCS-Togus in August, Maine. Mr. Dücker began his VA career in April 2009 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL.

During his eight years in Tampa, he also served successively as the Clinical Operations and Business Analyst/Group Practice Manager before accepting a position in July 2017 as the Associate Medical Center Director at the VA Maine HCS in August, Maine.

Mr. Dücker retired from the US Army Reserve in 2017 as a Medical Service Corps officer at the rank of Colonel after nearly 34 years of service. He received numerous awards during his military service including the Legion of Merit (2) and the Bronze Star for leadership and meritorious service as a Commander in Afghanistan.

All Sessions by Daniel L. Dücker, MSS, M Ed

Thinc360 Workshop - Leadership in Times of Change May 22, 2022
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

VHA – Inside The Largest Payer, Provider and Employer of Healthcare

Thinc Main Agenda Sunday May 22, 2022
10:00 am - 2:45 pm

Leadership in Times of Change: Leading the Mindset Transformation of Health and Healthcare

Health and healthcare face increasingly complex—and similar—challenges across the federal and civilian sectors, even before the Covid pandemic introduced additional challenges and changes. These challenges range from the high-level organizational efforts to improve financial solvency and creating high reliability organizations, to the inpatient and outpatient administrative and clinical teams’ focus on patient safety and quality outcome cultures, to the individual provider and patient needs for health, inclusion, retention, and resilience. Increasingly there is the understanding that traditional approaches to leadership are not effective in meeting these challenges: what leaders need to do is not new: how to lead and engage this transformation is the primary concern for most healthcare leaders and practitioners. Most leadership programs and trainings miss the one key element necessary to unlocking the key to effective leadership: why mindset matters and how to deliberately internalize mindset in organizational and individual change efforts.

This session will provide an overview of the new mindset model transforming healthcare leadership and employee, patient, and provider engagement. Participants, through both didactic and panel presentations, individual and small group exercises, and interactive video discussions, will receive an overview of this framework, and how this material and model are and can be most helpful to them in addressing their own individual and organizational challenges. Participants will learn from multiple leaders from across the VA organizational spectrum levels on how addressing mindset integrated the variety of priorities and Department imperatives required of them and unified them as a single organizational cultural change and transformation effort. Participants will understand why and how addressing mindset is the core element for unleashing inclusivity and broader engagement and commitment for successful leadership and change efforts. Panelists will share their own lessons learned, how specific priorities were addressed, and how success was measured throughout the transformation journey to achieving department benchmarks.


  • Understand how mindset is driving broader priorities being implemented in the Department of Veterans Affairs – the largest healthcare provider, payer, and employer in the world.
  • Describe the role and how senior leaders model and influence culture change by using mindset to create the psychological safety necessary to demonstrate leadership commitment.
  • Describe the new mindset model transforming leadership and employee and patient engagement
  • Understand how this foundational approach accelerates the psychological safety addressing the multiple priorities and results around high reliability, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and customer experience
  • Create a strategy to integrate this approach into one’s own individual and organizational challenges in health and healthcare.

Workshop Agenda

10:00am – 12:00pm      The Mindset Transformation of Health and Healthcare: Why Mindset Matters
Panelists: Jason Woo, Brady Reed

12:00pm – 12:45pm      Lunch Break

12:45pm – 1:45pm      VHA – Inside The Largest Payer, Provider and Employer of Healthcare
Panelists: Daniel L. Dücker, Cory P. Price

1:45pm – 2:45pm      Integrating Healthcare Priorities at the Frontline – Not Just Another “Thing”
Panelists: Brenda Webb Johnson, Akil Aabid, Jill Massengale