Local Veterans have a new Primary Care Physician

Community Based Veterans in the North Country, will be receiving a letter from Linda Weiss, Director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center announcing they’ve hired a New Primary Care Doctor, The Veteran’s Outpatient Clinics in Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake  Will be increasing hours of operation to 5 days/week and announcing an increase in the use of Telehealth…

Dr. Thomas Socash will serve as the Primary Care Physician for Westport and Saranac Lake.  Dr. Socash has over 20-years of private practice experience in the Old Forge area and has served as Preceptor of Family Medicine Residents from St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  He also served as an American Board of Family Medicine Diplomat.  His experience and area history is a great addition to the Stratton VA and we look forward to his ability to serve your needs.

Second, it’s my distinct pleasure to be able to announce that our Westport and Saranac Lake CBOCs will now be open 5-days/week.  Additionally, VA has been able to enhance health care access by utilizing advanced technologies such as Telemedicine, allowing VA to provide the highest quality of care available despite geographic location or local provider availability.  Telemedicine uses high definition cameras, secured transmission lines and technically advanced equipment to improve Veteran health care.  This technology, combined with increased hours of operation and staff dedicated to each site, enables us to provide Veterans with greater accessibility to our highly skilled and trained medical staff in the delivery of both regular and specialty health care.  It is important to note that Telemedicine will not replace face-to-face appointment accessibility.  It only serves to enhance provider availability while utilizing staff in the most effective, efficient and beneficial way possible.



Please join us in welcoming Dr. Socash to our staff as we look forward to continuing to serve your needs, and the needs of Veterans of theNorth Countrythrough services provided 5-days a week and the use of Telehealth.  TheWestportand Saranac Lake CBOC PACT Teams, along with the entire Stratton VA Medical Center staff, will continue to provide you the very best in health care, utilizing every tool available to ensure you the highest standard in health care.  Exceptional customer service and excellent care are VA cornerstones and remain among our top priorities.  If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your CBOC PACT Team.  Thank you.


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