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“We want to help them get back on their feet so they think, ‘Gosh, I’m not on my own,’ ” Sharp said.

Improving the Medicare rating, reversing the decline in population, reducing staff turnover and meeting the needs of younger veterans are all challenges Sharp faces as she starts her first year - and she’s embraced them.

“This is the place to be.”

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