Manchester VA Medical Center
718 Smyth Road
Manchester, NH 03104
Telephone: (603) 624-4366 or toll free 1-800-892-8384
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Telephone Advice Program
Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.
(603) 624-4366 ext. 3199 or toll free (800) 892-8384 ext. 3199.
Nights, weekends, holidays: ext. 6263 or ext. 6085.
Call our team of nurses and medical support staff to discuss these issues and others:
- Help decide if you should come to the clinic or hospital immediately
- Suggest things that you may try before coming to the Medical Center
- Relay a message to your primary care provider
- Assist with making, changing, or cancelling appointments
Frequently Called Extensions
|Appointment Scheduling||Ext. 3199|
|Billing Office||Ext. 6020|
|Compensation & Pension Exams||Ext. 6680|
|DAV Transportation||Ext. 6427|
|Eligibility – Medical – New Patients||Ext. 6410|
|Eligibility – Health Benefits/Finance||Ext. 6247|
|Eligibility – OEF/OIF Vets, Persian Gulf, or Agent Orange||Ext. 6799|
|Geriatric and Extended Care||Ext. 6498|
|Human Resources||Ext. 6605|
|Mental Health Services||Ext. 6825|
|Minority Veterans Coordinator||Ext. 6185|
|OEF/OIF Returning Combat Veteran Coordinator||Ext. 6040|
|Patient Advocate||Ext. 6491|
|Pharmacy – Prescription Refills||Ext. 6543|
|Primary Care||Ext. 3199|
|Public Affairs Office||Ext. 6419|
|Social Work Outpatient||Ext. 6672|
|Sensory & Physical Rehabilitative Medicine||Ext. 6268|
|Specialty & Acute Care||Ext. 3199|
|Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Services||Ext. 6054|
|Urgent Care||Ext. 6096|
|Volunteer Services Coordinator||Ext. 6419|
|VA Police||Ext. 6426|
|Women Veterans Coordinator||Ext. 6794|
SHAHEEN, AYOTTE SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER AND DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL
Senators urge VA Secretary to approve affiliation that would improve veteran care and research
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Continuing their efforts to facilitate access and improve care for New Hampshire’s veterans, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today urged the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to approve an application to establish a partnership between the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Manchester and Dartmouth Medical School. In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte expressed support for the affiliation, which would dramatically enhance patient care and research by bringing together VAMC Manchester’s patient care clinics and Dartmouth’s resources as a world-class medical education and research center.
“We believe this agreement would help VAMC Manchester provide even better health care to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country,” the Senators wrote. “An affiliation between the two institutions would increase the depth of staff at VAMC Manchester by adding medical students, fellows and residents. Such an affiliation would also allow VAMC Manchester to increase its research in essential areas such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cardiology, and Oncology.”
Last year, the Senators introduced legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that New Hampshire has a full-service veterans hospital or contract equivalent. Shaheen introduced similar legislation in 2009 with former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as the first piece of legislation she introduced as a United States Senator.
New Hampshire’s per capita veteran population ranks among the highest in the nation. Right now, the state has close to 130,000 veterans, and this number continues to grow as troops return from major deployments — including the largest New Hampshire National Guard deployment since World War II. Yet New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a full-service veterans hospital or a military hospital providing equivalent care to veterans.
The full text of the Senators’ letter is below:
Dear Secretary Shinseki:
We understand that the Veterans Administration (VA) is currently considering an application to establish an affiliation between Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Manchester and Dartmouth Medical School. We write to request the VA’s support for this application.
The VAMC in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been providing exceptional health care and internationally recognized research supporting America’s heroes since 1950. Over 22,000 veterans in the local area rely on VAMC Manchester’s urgent care, primary care, mental health, and four community-based outpatient clinics to improve their health and well-being.
As you know, VA Hospitals often rely on sharing agreements and affiliations to enhance their services and increase capability. Dartmouth Medical School is the nation’s fourth oldest medical school, combining the resources of an Ivy League institution and a world class medical center for education, research and service.
We believe an affiliation between VAMC Manchester and Dartmouth Medical School would provide major benefits to the veterans of New England. An affiliation between the two institutions would increase the depth of the staff at VAMC Manchester by adding medical students, fellows and residents. Such an affiliation would also allow VAMC Manchester to increase its research in essential areas such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cardiology and Oncology.
We appreciate your long service to our nation and your continued leadership at the VA. Thank you for the VA’s recent decision to allow the expansion of acute inpatient contract care at Concord Hospital. We request your support for the application to establish an affiliation agreement between Dartmouth Medical School and VAMC Manchester. We believe this agreement would help VAMC Manchester provide even better health care to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.
More Time for Gulf War Veterans
Week of January 09, 2012
Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an
additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of
Veterans Affairs. For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War Veterans are defined as
those who served on active duty in the Southwest Asia theater during
Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. At
issue is the eligibility of veterans to claim VA disability compensation
based upon those undiagnosed illnesses, and the ability of survivors to
qualify for VA’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. The new change means
any undiagnosed illnesses used to establish eligibility for VA benefits must
become apparent by Dec. 31, 2016. Veterans or survivors who believe they
qualify for these benefits should contact VA at 1-800-827-1000.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the Military.com
Benefits <http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits> Center.
WASHINGTON (January 12, 2012) – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a change in regulations regarding payments for emergency care provided to eligible Veterans in non-VA facilities.
“This provision helps ensure eligible Veterans continue to get the emergency care they need when VA facilities are not available,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The new regulation extends VA’s authority to pay for emergency care provided to eligible Veterans at non-VA facilities until the Veterans can be safely transferred to a VA medical facility.
More than 100,000 Veterans are estimated to be affected by the new rules, at a cost of about $44 million annually.
VA operates 121 emergency departments across the country, which provide resuscitative therapy and stabilization in life-threatening situations. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VA also has 46 urgent care units, which provide care for patients without scheduled appointments who need immediate medical or psychiatric attention.
For more information about emergency care in non-VA facilities, visit www.nonvacare.va.gov.
Debra Krinsky is the Chief of Voluntary Services at the VAMC. She is working hard to build up the Volunteer staff and has created goals for the year 2012.
Support the Secretary’s initiative of eliminating homelessness.
Improve access to care through volunteer transportation network.
Standardize and promote VISN volunteer statistics.
Assist with voter registration for Veteran patients.
Focus on VSS training for VAVS staff.
There are several volunteer positions open.
Veteran Advisor for Full Service Healthcare System Task Force
1) Attend regularly scheduled Task Force Meetings.
2) Contribute to overall mission.
3) Assist in interpretation of data.
This position is expected to last about 6 months. Dates and times of meetings are to be determined but expected to be 2 to 3 meetings a month typically lasting 1 to 1.5 hrs and would be held during normal business hrs of 8 to 4:30 M-F.
1) Delivery of packaged non-hazardous meds to depts
2) Med prepackaging and mail out
3) Filing and stocking shelves
This position is needed for M-F from 8 to 4:30 pm
Homeless Program Volunteer
1) Procure furniture for Veterans via exploring local churches and community agencies as well as donations from furniture stores
2) Help develop a pool of volunteers to help the Veteran with moving – transportation with trucks and actual lifting of items
3) Contact local hotels to see what they do with damaged linens – if a sheet gets a small tear, would they donate it instead of throwing it out?
This is an on going position with no set days or times.
1) Greet patients and provide courteous information.
2) Transport patients in need of assistance by wheelchair to all depts as requested.
3) Provide Currier services between depts
This position is needed for M – F from 8 to 3:00 pm
Please contact Deb Krinsky at 603-624-4366 x 6419 if interested.
“The VA is so much more than Health Care.”