Shea-Porter Statement on Final Manchester Vision 2025 Task Force Report
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement on the Manchester Vision 2025 Task Force Report:
“Every year since 2008, I have introduced legislation to require the VA to either establish a full service hospital in New Hampshire or contract for in-state care to provide the full range of health care services. While I am disappointed that the task force did not recommend a full-service hospital, I believe that the findings, if fully and promptly implemented, will lead to improved access, greatly expanded services, and better quality health care for our veterans. Our nation’s veterans served to defend our values and to protect us, and we owe them access to the best quality health care.
“The task force findings include a number of proposals that I strongly support: improved infrastructure, more community living beds, and intensive residential mental health care. It proposes a comprehensive and advanced ambulatory surgical center in Manchester, which would greatly expand the types of procedures the medical center’s surgery service line can offer. Under the plan, the VA would offer specialty care, lab work, imaging, and rehabilitation therapy in its community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), bringing all those services closer to home for many veterans and improving access. New academic affiliations would lead to more providers working in VA facilities in New Hampshire and improve access further. Primary care would be expanded, and the Manchester VAMC would establish a Regional Amputation Center of Excellence, taking advantage of established partnerships and local innovations in prosthetics to provide new medical technologies to veterans.
“I look forward to seeing these findings come to life with new construction, innovative partnerships, and capital investments in the Manchester VAMC and CBOCs. The VA must promptly follow through on these findings. I strongly urge the VA to propose an implementation plan, for which they can be held accountable, so that these projects get completed in a timely manner. I hope that the administration will use all the tools it has, specifically its expedited project approval process, to get this work done as quickly as possible. Granite State veterans deserve no less.”