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VHA executive tours CMC, VAMC

Catholic Medical Center
June 14. 2018 12:40AM
Pictured in Catholic Medical Center's ER on Monday from left are CMC President and CEO Dr. Joseph Pepe; Dr. Carolyn Clancy, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration; Alex Walker of CMC; Jennifer MacDonald, M.D., director of Clinical Innovations and Education with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Al Montoya, Manchester VA Medical Center director. (Catholic Medical Center)

MANCHESTER — Catholic Medical Center welcomed Dr. Carolyn Clancy, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, on Monday.

Clancy was in the area to visit CMC; tour the VAMC; and attend Gov. Chris Sununu’s signing of SB 488, which allows VA providers to practice at New Hampshire hospitals without having to go through the state licensing process.

Last summer, the VAMC began sending physicians, nurses and patients to CMC’s endoscopy suite for procedures after a building flood damaged one of its operating rooms.

Since then, CMC has placed a care coordinator at the VAMC to help expedite referrals for other services such as surgery, cardiology and radiology.

“The department has taken account of what was an astonishingly swift response to an emergency situation, and to what has become the new normal for New Hampshire. This becomes the model from which everything else will follow,” said Clancy. “New Hampshire clearly is the first-in-the-nation to partner in this nature. This is most certainly because of the terrific leadership at the governor’s office, within the Legislature, at CMC, and, importantly, our staff at the Medical Center led by Mr. Montoya.”

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