Manchester VA Calendar

Good Afternoon,

I am trying to keep my promise and letting as many of you know about our upcoming events, this is just a tentative list, there are always more things being added:

1.     4/30/12 – Town Hall/Outreach Event at the Portsmouth CBOC. This is open to ALL enrolled Veterans in the Portsmouth area OR any Veteran (from an era) that is interested in the VA Healthcare system. Tentative time is 10:00A – 12:00P. There will representatives from our Outreach Staff, MyHealtheVet and an Enrollment/Eligibility Coordinator available for all those who have questions.

2.     6/8/12 – VFW Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

3.     6/9/12 – Fisher Cats Game – we will have representatives available.

4.     6/22/12 – American Legion Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

5.     6/30 – 7/1 – Portsmouth Airshow – we will have a tent and the Mobile Vet Center available.

6.     7/8/12 – Welcome Home Parade, Portsmouth, NH. We have been invited to set-up a tent to answer questions regarding VA health care and enrolling/eligibility.

7.     8/23/12 – Outdoor Band Concert/Welcome Home Event – this event is still being planned and organized, so stay tuned but definitely Save The Date!!

8.     8/30 – 9/3/12 – Hopkinton State Fair (tentative)

9.     9/7 – 9/9/12 – Seafood Festival, Hampton, NH (tentative

10.  9/15/12 – Seacoast Veterans Conference

In between these events, we would still like to visit different Posts throughout New Hampshire, so if you’d like us to come to any local event that your Post might be having, please let me know!!!

This list is subject to change but as you can see, we have a busy and active Outreach calendar! As you know, word of mouth is the best form of communication, please let friends/family/colleagues know about these events – I cannot stress enough…these events are not just for enrolled Veterans, they are for ANY Veteran who has questions or wants to know more about the VA health care system and especially the Manchester VAMC.

Please contact me with any questions…I am here to SERVE you!

Stell

Stella M. Lareau

Public Affairs Officer

Manchester VA Medical Center

718 Smyth Road, Room E-134

Manchester, NH 03104

Email: Stella.Lareau@va.gov

Phone: 603-624-4366 X6779

Cell: 603-703-1131

VA Outreach Programs

1.     4/30/12 – Town Hall/Outreach Event at the Portsmouth CBOC. This is open to ALL enrolled Veterans in the Portsmouth area OR any Veteran (from an era) that is interested in the VA Healthcare system. Tentative time is 10:00A – 12:00P. There will representatives from our Outreach Staff, MyHealtheVet and an Enrollment/Eligibility Coordinator available for all those who have questions.

 

2.     6/8/12 – VFW Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

 

3.     6/9/12 – Fisher Cats Game – we will have representatives available.

 

4.     6/22/12 – American Legion Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

 

5.     6/30 – 7/1 – Portsmouth Airshow – we will have a tent and the Mobile Vet Center available.

 

6.     7/8/12 – Welcome Home Parade, Portsmouth, NH. We have been invited to set-up a tent to answer questions regarding VA health care and enrolling/eligibility.

 

7. NASCAR 7/13 – 7/15/12 and the Mobile Vet Center will also be available! 

 

8.     8/23/12 – Outdoor Band Concert/Welcome Home Event – this event is still being planned and organized, so stay tuned but definitely Save The Date!!

 

9.     8/30 – 9/3/12 – Hopkinton State Fair (tentative)

 

10.     9/7 – 9/9/12 – Seafood Festival, Hampton, NH (tentative)

 

11.  9/15/12 – Seacoast Veterans Conference

 

In between these events, we would still like to visit different Posts throughout New Hampshire, so if you’d like us to come to any local event that your Post might be having, please let me know!!!

 

This list is subject to change but as you can see, we have a busy and active Outreach calendar! As you know, word of mouth is the best form of communication, please let friends/family/colleagues know about these events – I cannot stress enough…these events are not just for enrolled Veterans, they are for ANY Veteran who has questions or wants to know more about the VA health care system and especially the Manchester VAMC.

 

Please contact me with any questions…I am here to SERVE you!

 

Stell

 

Stella M. Lareau

Public Affairs Officer

Manchester VA Medical Center

718 Smyth Road, Room E-134

Manchester, NH 03104

Email: Stella.Lareau@va.gov

Phone: 603-624-4366 X6779

Cell: 603-703-1131

 

 

Manchester VA Contact Information

Manchester VA Medical Center
718 Smyth Road
Manchester, NH  03104
Telephone:  (603) 624-4366 or toll free 1-800-892-8384

Email:  Complete form.  At 2. *Select a Topic, click the black arrow and highlight Medical Care Issues at Specific Facilities.  Send Secure Email.

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

 

For More Information about the VA Hospital Visit http://www.manchester.va.gov/index.asp

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER AND DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL

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.

Manchester VAVS Volunteer Priorities and Opportunties

 

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.

Pharmacy Volunteer

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.

Escort Support

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.”