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VA New England Healthcare System


VA New Hampshire VISION 2025 Task Force

Next Meeting - March 14-15, 8:00am - 5pm - Due to inclement weather expected, the meeting on March 14 will begin at 10:00am.
Public is invited to attend. To call in to the meeting, please call 1-800-767-1750, Access Code 91129#.
Or log into Adobe Connect ( This is due to the inclement weather.  Be safe!!

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Introducing the new Task Force Co-Chair

On January 8, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration, announced a change to the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force. Dr.  Jennifer MacDonald has been named task force co-chair, replacing Dr. Jennifer Lee, who announced her departure from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assume a top position with Virginia state government. Dr. MacDonald is currently the clinical lead for the VA Office of Connected Care, which oversees such initiatives as telehealth. She is a practicing family medicine physician and U.S. Army Veteran experienced >in leading complex system transformation and dedicated to patient, family, and provider empowerment through the strategic delivery of technology-enabled, high-quality, equitable care.

Prior to joining VA, she served as a White House Fellow and Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she led efforts to advance global health security, immigration detention health system enhancement, community resilience to counter violent extremism, and non-traditional aviation technology policy. She served 11 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning a Bronze Star for high-profile mission achievement and volunteer humanitarian medical work.

Dr. MacDonald completed her Family Medicine training at the University of California, Los Angeles and medical school at the University of Minnesota.

Amendment to the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force

Amendments to the membership of the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force (subcommittee to the Special Medical Advisory Group - SMAG) are as follows:

  • Jennifer Lee, MD, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs has been named a Co-Chair.
  • David Kenney, Chair, NH State Veterans Advisory Committee remains a Co-Chair.
  • Major General Gretchen S. Dunkelberger, US Air Force (Ret.), Former Air National Guard Assistant to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force, is a new member.

The original charge of the Task Force remains the same as stated in the Charter.

VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force Charter

VA Secretary Shulkin announced the task force during his visit to the Manchester VA on August 4, 2017. The task force will develop a future vision of what VA must do to best meet the needs of New Hampshire’s Veterans. This comprehensive review will include input from Veterans and other key stakeholders and will develop recommendations on how to best configure future VA services in the state.

The task force is made up of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts from the local medical community, Veterans and VA, including a staff member from Manchester VA Medical Center who brought forward concerns to New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation as well as the media.

 Task force members named

  • David Kenney, NH State Veterans Advisory Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Robert Guldner, NH Disabled American Veterans
  • Stephen Ahnen MBA, President, NH Hospital Association
  • Michael D. McCarten, DO, NH Medical Society
  • Eric Funk, MD, Staff Cardiologist, Manchester VAMC
  • Edward DeAngelo, MD, Chief of Radiology, Manchester VAMC
  • Wanda Hunt, PharmD, President, NAGE Local R1-235, Manchester VAMC
  • Susan Mackenzie PhD, Director, Providence RI VAMC
  • Craig Coldwell, MD, MPH, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, VISN 1
  • Amy Gartley RN, Nurse Executive, VA Maine Healthcare System
  • Christine Stuppy, Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Analysis, VHA

The options and recommendations will be reviewed by the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) with final recommendations being forwarded to Secretary Shulkin by January 2018 (now slated for March 2018 because of the volume of information to be considered.) The SMAG includes prominent leaders in U.S. health care and their oversight allows VA to include non-VA employees on the task force.


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