VA Hospital’s Director Montoya heading to CT, interim director to be named

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Alfred Montoya Jr., center, inside an elevator at the VA Hospital in Manchester during a tour in March of 2019. Photo/Carol Robidoux

BEDFORD, MA. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfred A. Montoya Jr., as the new director of VA Connecticut Healthcare System (HCS). Montoya will oversee the delivery of health care to approximately 59,000 Veterans throughout Connecticut and southern New England.

“We are excited to have Mr. Montoya on board as the new director of VA Connecticut,” said Ryan Lilly, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 Director. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will continue to be valuable assets for the network, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve.  He is currently serving as Manchester (N.H.) VA’s medical center director and has served in leadership positions at VA Connecticut previously, so our Veterans throughout the region will benefit from his experience.”

Montoya is expected to begin work in Connecticut on October 13.  A national search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately, and VA New England Healthcare System will name an Interim Director to serve effective October 13, according to Maureen Heard, public information officer for the VA New England Healthcare System.

Montoya received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society program, and the Leadership Veterans Affairs (LVA) program.

Montoya joined the VA in 2009 and served in various leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Director, VA Connecticut HCS; Director, White River Junction VA Medical Center, and Manchester VA Medical Center. Montoya is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995 with the integration of the VA medical centers in West Haven and Newington. The West Haven campus is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level One Facility. The Newington campus is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted.