BEDFORD -- The longtime acting director of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital was appointed this week to be the facility's permanent director, overseeing a $180 million operation that cares for about 18,500 veterans in eastern Massachusetts.

Christine Croteau has been acting director of the medical center for about three years, according to a spokesperson.

Croteau has a bachelor of science in medical technology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a masters in business administration from Providence College.

She has more than 15 years of experience in health care, and has previously worked as business office manager and assistant director of the VA Boston Healthcare System, according to a prepared statement.

"Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will continue to be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and for the veterans we are honored to serve," said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network.

Mayo-Smith said Croteau served as acting director during a period in which the medical center was ranked as the best medical center in the region in population health quality and patience experience. Those rankings are based on voting by veterans.

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