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Doctor again needed at VA

The Westport VA clinic.

The Westport VA clinic. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Veterans Association Clinic is again seeking a doctor.

Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee reported at the Dec. 10 Public Service Committee meeting that the doctor who had been hired to provide services for the clinic located at the former New York State Police barracks in Westport and the Saranac Lake satellite office had resigned.

Dr. Thomas Socash had been hired earlier this year to be the full-time doctor staffing the site during a time when the clinic also announced expanded hours for each site in Westport and Saranac Lake.

Ferebee said that, while the VA sought to hire a new doctor, they would be using the services of new technology to give patients a chance to visit with a doctor.

“The doctor that was here in the summer will do the telemedicine program,” Ferebee said. “He has agreed to do that until they are able to hire a new full time doctor. They do have two full time nurses there and the clinic will be staffed.”

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