Press Releases - VA New England Healthcare System
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VA New England Healthcare System

 

Press Releases


2020

New England Selected for VA Center of Innovation Excellence - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced yesterday the development of the VA New England Center for Innovation Excellence (NECIE), furthering the opportunity for public-private partnerships to transform care and service for our nations Veterans. The newest center for Innovation to Impact will enable VA New England Healthcare System and its regional VA Healthcare facilities to participate at the center of breakthrough innovation through co-development and advancement of innovative solutions while securing priority access for Veterans to obtain potentially life-saving medical treatment and devices. Additionally, the center’s partnerships will offer the innovation community practical healthcare provider input to the development process, a natural clinical trial partner and real-world patient input from the Veteran community. (11/20/2020)

VA New England surpasses 85,000 video visits - Veterans are choosing virtual care through VA Video Connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. VA New England has conducted more than 87,000 video appointments with Veterans between February and July 1. (07/06/2020)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director for Providence VAMC - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of Lawrence Connell as the new director of Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, R.I. Connell will oversee a comprehensive health care system that provides care to over 35,000 Veterans from Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands, with an operating budget of nearly $300 million. (06/19/2020)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director for Manchester VAMC - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the appointment of Kevin M. Forrest as the new director of Manchester VA Medical Center. Forrest is a New Hampshire native and has long been active in the community. He is a 24-year U.S. Army Veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1986. Forrest will be responsible for the delivery of health care to approximately 30,000 Veterans throughout New Hampshire. (06/05/2020)

VA New England continues its 'Fourth Mission' support - VA New England Healthcare System staff continue to do their part in helping Veteran and civilian patients overcome COVID-19 by volunteering on the frontlines of care at community facilities in New Jersey and Rhode Island. Their efforts are part of VA's national initiative to exercise its Fourth Mission of helping local communities and health care facilities when called upon in times of national emergency. (05/28/2020)

White River Junction VA named as lead facility to reintroduce health care services - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce health care services at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont on May 18 as one of several lead VA sites of care, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. (05/18/2020)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of Duane B. Gill as the new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, based in Leeds, Mass. Gill will be responsible for the delivery of health care to approximately 90,000 Veterans throughout the five counties of central and western Massachusetts. With an operating budget of nearly $250 million and just over 1,000 employees, VA CWM conducted nearly 400,000 outpatient visits last year. (04/27/2020)

VA New England Supports VA ‘Fourth Mission’ COVID-19 Response - VA New England Healthcare System is supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Fourth Mission” in helping all Americans during the COVID-19 outbreak. VA New England is caring for non-Veteran patients for COVID-19 across the region, pursuant to requests from FEMA and as part of the emergency response effort. This support was approved after VA determined care to Veterans would not be negatively impacted. This support includes caring for people in nursing homes who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. (04/22/2020)

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2019

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - BEDFORD, Mass. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracye Davis as the new director of VA Maine Healthcare System (HCS), Augusta, Maine. Davis will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a Complexity Level 1C facility that provides care to approximately 43,000 enrolled Veterans from the State of Maine, with an operating budget of over $370 million. (03/11/2019)

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2018

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Joan Clifford as the new director of Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center (Bedford VA). Clifford Brings Leadership, Proven Experience to Bedford VAMC (03/06/2018)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - BEDFORD, Mass. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfred A. Montoya Jr. as the new director of Manchester VA Medical Center. Montoya will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a Complexity Level 3 facility that provides care to approximately 33,000 enrolled Veterans from Eastern New Hampshire, with an operating budget of $141+ million. (02/23/2018)

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2017

Proteogenomics: Researching Cancer with more Certainty - VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) announced today that the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), a coordinating center of the VA Cooperative Studies Program, is now sharing medical data from consented cancer patients with the Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes (APOLLO) program. (03/28/2017)

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2016

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Chief Medical Officer - BEDFORD, MA. - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ganga Hematillake as the new chief medical officer of VA New England Healthcare System. Hematillake will oversee the clinical delivery of health care to approximately 300,000 Veterans throughout the six New England states. (09/02/2016)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director at White River Junction - 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. (06/10/2016)

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2014

VA Boston Researchers to be Honored for Arthritis Treatment Breakthrough - The National Arthritis Foundation has chosen a VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center to receive the 2014 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Research. (11/21/2014)

VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - BEDFORD, MA. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy A. Krueger as the new director of Manchester VA Medical Center. Krueger will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a Complexity Level 3 facility that provides care to approximately 23,000 unique Veterans from Eastern New Hampshire, with an operating budget of $135+ million. (04/04/2014)

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