AUGUSTA – Tracye Davis is officially the new Medical Center Director for the VA Maine Healthcare System, and had her Assumption of Duties Ceremony Friday in Augusta.
Davis was appointed to the position in April, but Friday’s ceremony gave staff of the Togus VA Medical Center a chance to see their new leader.
She said first she wants to expand telehealth.
David said she wants to make sure, “there is that kind of broadband coverage throughout the state and so veterans can actually choose what modality of care they would like to use to access VA services.”
Those who use services in Augusta, and help other Maine vets do so, said they want to see improvements to the mental health facilities at Togus.
“Right now they have to sometimes go out of state in order to receive mental health care so I’m hoping that’s going to improve over time,” said Amedeo Lauria from American Legion.
The Maine VA said 43,000 veterans are enrolled in the health care system Davis now oversees.
“When we do get good doctors we take good care of them…I think the biggest problem we have is getting good doctors to come here to the state of Maine,” said Richard Fournier, who works with Disabled American Veterans.
The veterans we spoke with said Togus and the people who work there are excellent.
Togus opened more than 150 years ago as the first national home for disabled soldiers.
Davis said while she could have taken the director job in other states, she wanted to come back to Maine, where she was previously the associate director.
“We are the oldest VA healthcare system in the country, and to know that I am part of that long legacy here it’s pretty remarkable,” said Davis.