PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence VA Medical Center has named a top official from Boston's Veterans Affairs health care system as its new director.

The Providence Journal reports that Susan MacKenzie will oversee the Providence-based system that provides care to about 35,000 veterans in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

MacKenzie has served as deputy director of the VA Boston Healthcare System since 2004, overseeing the financial and day-to-day operations of three campuses. She served previously as deputy network director of the VA New England Healthcare System.

MacKenzie holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston.