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VA New England Healthcare System


VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director at White River Junction

June 10, 2016

BEDFORD, MA. -The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Montoya as the director of White River Junction VA Medical Center.  Montoya will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a 60-bed surgical complexity level 2 facility with a 14-bed Residential Recovery Center with 74 total beds. The facility provides care for 25,541 unique Veterans across its two state hospital service area, Vermont and New Hampshire, with an operating budget of $219 million.

"We are pleased to appoint Mr. Montoya as the new director of White River Junction VA Medical Center," said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 director.  "His proven leadership qualities and experience will be valuable assets for the Veterans we are honored to serve, as well as the employees and volunteers who work at the medical center.  Mr. Montoya has been serving as the interim director for the past few months, and fully appreciates the value and embraces a healthcare practice of relationship-centered care."

A proven leader within VA, Al Montoya was appointed the Interim Medical Center Director of White River Junction VA Medical Center in November 2015.  Prior to assuming that position he served as Assistant Director in the Connecticut VA Medical Center.

Mr. Montoya is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving for over 10 years as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist. He served as an Instructor of Technology and Military Science, providing our Air Force personnel operational training on the EC-130H Compass Call which is a system on a C-130 Hercules airframe that disrupts enemy command and control communications.

Mr. Montoya has a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master's Degree in healthcare administration from Walden University.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Veterans, employees, volunteers and other stakeholders at White River Junction since November of 2015 in this capacity," said Al Montoya, newly-appointed medical center director at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.  "I am honored and take seriously the responsibility to continue the important work to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  I look forward to leading a very high-performing medical center, and continuing to make sure Veterans get the excellent health care that they need." 

White River Junction VA Medical Center is part of the VA New England Healthcare System which includes eight medical centers, located in the six New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It is an integral part of VISN 1, headquartered in Bedford, Mass. White River Junction VA Medical Center is comprised of one main campus located in White River Junction, VT,  and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Newport, and Rutland, Vermont; Keene and Littleton, New Hampshire.

Media inquiries should be made directly to the Office of Public Affairs at White River Junction VAMC by email at:

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