Manchester VA Director Departing for Connecticut VA

Sep 23, 2019

Credit Peter Biello / NHPR

The director of the Manchester VA Medical Center is leaving to lead the Connecticut VA Healthcare System.

Al Montoya took the reins at the Manchester VA in July 2017, days after the Boston Globe reported on whistleblower allegations of mismanagement and harm to veterans seeking medical care at New Hampshire's only VA.

He had previously served as the director of the VA in White River Junction, Vermont.

In a statement, VA New England Network Director Ryan Lilly says Montoya's "proven experience will continue to be valuable assets for the network."

He's expected to begin his new position Oct. 13. The Manchester VA is evaluating options for an interim director. A nationwide search for a new permanent director is beginning immediately.