Alfred Montoya appointed Manchester VA Medical Center Director

Appointment ensures continued advances in care, collaboration and services for veterans.

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Gov. Chris Sununu, center, signs an Executive Order in August of 2017, while Al Montoya, left, then Acting Director of the Manchester VA Medical Center, and Dr. Joseph Pepe, President & CEO, Catholic Medical Center, right, look on. File Photo/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Feb. 23 the appointment of U.S. Air Force Veteran,Alfred Montoya Jr., MHA, VHA-CM as director at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

Montoya has served as the acting director at Manchester VA Medical Center since July of 2017 after an organizational crisis brought him to the facility.   His leadership immediately improved care for New Hampshire Veterans, and his response advanced unprecedented community collaboration, innovation and opportunity.

Before arriving at Manchester, Montoya served as Medical Center Director at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.  His proven leadership was applied at the Manchester VA with a focus on partnerships.  “My work has been to bring people together to realize all that is possible for Veterans,” said Montoya.  “I am excited to continue this work, deepen relationships, and enhance collaboration across medical centers in Vermont and New Hampshire. In the last eight months, and with the dedicated staff at Manchester VA, we have made unprecedented change together, and I am humbled and honored to be appointed to be a permanent part of the team.”

At the Manchester VA, Montoya will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a Complexity Level 3 facility that provides care to approximately 33,000 New Hampshire Veterans, with an operating budget of $141+ million.

“The White River Junction VA Medical Center is grateful for the exceptional work Mr. Montoya accomplished during his time here,” said Matthew Mulcahy, acting director, White River Junction VAMC. “It has been my pleasure to have had a chance to serve on Al’s leadership team, and I look forward to continuing to strengthening our collaboration with Manchester VA, and offering the best care for our Veterans.”

Montoya shared his appreciation with the staff at White River Junction.

“Words cannot express how appreciative I am of each and every one of you and what you do for our Veterans.  I am grateful for the time I was able to spend in White River Junction, and I am grateful to continue my mission of caring for our nations heroes,” Montoya said.

Manchester 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. Manchester VA Medical Center is comprised of one main campus located in Manchester, N.H. and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Conway, Portsmouth, Somersworth, and Tilton. The Portsmouth outpatient clinic is located at Pease Air National Guard Base.