Acting director appointed to permanent post at Manchester VA

  • Acting Manchester VA director Alfred Montoya answers questions during an open house on Tuesday night at the Medical Center on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER

Associated Press
Saturday, February 24, 2018

The man appointed to temporarily lead New Hampshire’s only veterans’ hospital after several top officials were removed last summer has been named the facility’s director.

Alfred Montoya had been serving as interim director of the Manchester VA Medical Center since July, when the Boston Globe reported on allegations of substandard care and treatment at the hospital.

He came to New Hampshire from Vermont, where he served as medical director at the White River Junction VA facility. Officials said his leadership in Manchester immediately improved care for New Hampshire veterans and has fostered unprecedented community collaboration.

A federal agency concluded last month that the Manchester facility failed to take whistleblowers seriously when they complained about a fly-infested operating room, surgical instruments that weren’t always sterilized and patients who weren’t treated properly.