Leadership Team - VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire
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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Leadership Team

Kevin M. Forrest, FACHE, Medical Center Director

Kevin M. Forrest, FACHE | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6000

Medical Center Director

Kevin Forrest was appointed as the Medical Center Director effective June 5, 2020. Kevin is a retired Army Veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1986. Upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1989, he received his commission in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and is a graduate of the Department of Veteran Affairs Leadership VA program. Previous positions include: Acting Assistant Director-Brockton/Jamaica Plain Campuses and Health System Specialist, VA Boston Healthcare System; Senior Director of Operations, Wentworth Health Partners, Dover, NH; Deputy Commander for Administration/Chief Operating Officer, Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Executive Officer for Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Chief, Population Health Programs and Data Management, TRICARE Europe; and other Army assignments. Kevin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is married to the former Eileen Margaret Carr. They are proud parents of their daughter Erin (17) and son Johnny (13).


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Robert M. Zwolak, M.D., Ph.D. | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6000

Interim Chief of Staff

Dr. Zwolak is a board-certified vascular surgeon who obtained his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees at the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Michigan and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Zwolak joined the staff at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1987, where he served as an academic vascular surgeon and director of the noninvasive vascular laboratory. He was promoted to Professor of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 1999. In 2002, Dr. Zwolak was invited to implement a vascular surgery program at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. That effort was successful, and he was subsequently appointed Chief of Surgery at White River Junction in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Zwolak accepted a request to serve as acting Chief of Surgery at the Manchester VAMC, and in 2019 that evolved to a full-time position. Dr. Zwolak has served several national appointments within the VA including chair of the VA Vascular Surgery Advisory Board. Dr. Zwolak has been a leader in the regional and national vascular arena. He served as President of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery in 2004-2005. He held many committee assignments in the Society for Vascular Surgery, the largest U.S. vascular professional society, culminating in election as SVS President in 2010-2011. Dr. Zwolak also served two terms as Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and he chaired the New Hampshire ACS Candidate Committee for over a decade. Dr. Zwolak has a longstanding interest in the Medicare resource-based relative value system. In that regard, he was appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ambulatory Payment Category Panel 2005-2009. This interest also led to election as a member of the American Medical Association / Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), where he is currently serving a third term. Dr. Zwolak’s clinical interests include prevention of death from abdominal aortic aneurysm. He chaired the National Aneurysm Alliance, a coalition that successfully convinced the U.S. Congress to pass the SAAAVE Act (Screen Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Very Efficiently), creating a specific Medicare AAA screening benefit. The provisions of the SAAAVE Act became federal law in 2007. Dr. Zwolak’s research career includes publication of 30 academic book chapters and 98 peer-reviewed medical journal articles. Based on his research record and strong advocacy for a patient-centered approach, he was appointed by the GAO as a Governor of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in 2009, and he is now serving a second appointment. PCORI funds comparative effectiveness research with an annual $500 million budget, and Dr. Zwolak just completed a successful term as chair of the PCORI Science Oversight Committee.


Julie Vose, OTR/L, Associate Director

Julie Vose, OTR/L | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6001

Associate Director

Ms. Vose was appointed VA Manchester Healthcare System Associate Director effective December 11, 2020. Since March 2020, Ms. Vose served as the facility's interim Associate Director and Incident Commander, leading the facility response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Under her leadership the facility operationalized COVID-19 safety practices in screening, physical distancing, environmental services and transitioned from primary utilization of face to face healthcare to a virtual platform, ensuring greater safety to Veterans and VA Manchester's workforce. Ms. Vose was instrumental in leading the facility workforce deployment efforts to support VA's 4th Mission response to community Long Term Care facilities and hospitals throughout New England. Ms. Vose graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2000, after completing a student affiliation with VA Manchester Health Care System in her studies of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Vose served as a Staff Occupational Therapist for 10 years, specializing in providing Orthopedic and Neurology Rehabilitation to New Hampshire Veterans, and later accepted a supervisory position within her department in 2010. In 2017, Ms. Vose was appointed Service Line Manager of Sensory and Physical Rehab Services (SPRS). Ms. Vose serves as a critical part of the leadership team and her seasoned experience includes serving as a VA Health Care System Taskforce Subgroup member in 2018. In this role, Ms. Vose worked to identify opportunities to improve care and subsequently spearheaded the facility's efforts to expand the continuum of health care provided to NH Veterans. Under Ms. Vose's leadership, innovative programs were developed that not only support NH Veterans, but also the employees who work at VA Manchester Health Care System. Veterans participating in our Blind Rehab, Recreation Therapy, and Whole Health programming have greatly benefited from these specialized offerings. Ms. Vose served as the VA New England Health Care Systems Chair, Rehab Council providing leadership guidance and support to eight VA Health Care Systems. Ms. Vose designed and executed a proposal to further expand VA Manchester Healthcare System's Whole Health program in 2019. As a result of these efforts, a comprehensive menu of proactive health care approaches is now offered weekly. In 2020, the Whole Health program celebrated an expansion featuring a new gym for Veterans at the Brady Sullivan Tower location on Elm Street in Manchester, N.H. Ms. Vose is committed to cultivating a just culture, and her leadership style prioritizes strong communication and respect.


Jennifer Winslow, MBA, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Jennifer Winslow, MBA, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6009

Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Ms. Winslow was appointed the Associate Director of Patient and Nursing Services/Chief Nurse Executive effective May 12, 2020. Ms. Winslow is a visionary transformational leader with management and operational expertise. Ms. Winslow earned her Masters in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2010 and in 1998 a Master of Science in Family Nursing, with a Clinical Specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to that, Ms. Winslow earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1992. Ms. Winslow is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Family Nurse Practitioner; New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association; and Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. Ms. Winslow's is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and the recipient of the George B. Boland Nurses Scholarship Trust Award; Professional Nurses Traineeship Award; and Zeta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Leadership. Ms. Winslow is lauded for her specialized nursing and provider leader experience with over 28 years of progressive education and exceptional leadership skills including strategic planning, staff development, consensus building, negotiation and program implementation. She is celebrated among her peers and leadership for building and leading diverse teams while consistently achieving strategic and operational goals within nursing, among providers and the administrative chain of command. Ms. Winslow has a strong history of leading change in healthcare organizations, improving patient care and organizational outcomes. Ms. Winslow's prior leadership positions include: Manchester VA Associate Chief Nurse of Ambulatory and Long Term Care Services; Occupational Health Program Manager and the Patient Safety Manager. Prior to her VA career she has vast experience as a lead provider in pain management, occupational health and primary care. Ms. Winslow also served as a traveling nurse across the country early in her career in several different disciplines including long term care to critical care. She is an enthusiastic and passionate nursing leader with personal and professional ties in New Hampshire. Ms. Winslow lives in NH with her husband Brian and her two children, Emma and Brian III who are avid outdoor sports enthusiasts.