- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s veterans hospital has launched a new partnership with a Seacoast hospital to provide gastrointestinal procedures to veterans.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says the VA Medical Center’s partnership with Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester is an important interim step toward ensuring that all New Hampshire veterans can get needed care locally.

She says access to VA services at Frisbie will help the nearly 16,000 veterans residing in Carroll and Strafford counties access care close to home.

The partnership comes after Shea-Porter, a Democrat, recommended the VA consider expanding its public-private model to the Seacoast and North Country regions. The VA started its first such New Hampshire partnership with Manchester’s Catholic Medical Center in August.

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