of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson Friday announced additional actions to
improve Veterans' access to care at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical
"No Veteran should have to wait
for the care and services that they have earned and deserve," said Acting
Secretary Gibson. "The audit and the data we released last week showed the
extent of the problems we face here in Jackson and across the country. We are
fully committed to fixing these problems and must restore the public's trust in
the VA. More importantly, we must restore the trust of our Veterans who depend
on us for care."
In addition to the system-wide actions taken in response to the audit
findings and data, Gibson outlined actions taken to accelerate access to care
for Veterans in G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center:
Reaching out to
all Veterans identified as waiting for care to get them off of wait lists and
into clinics for medical appointments – As of July 2, the facility has reached
more than 230 Veterans.
the University of Mississippi Medical Center to accelerate access to care.
4 specialty providers and 8 personnel to facilitate access to community-based
hours and increasing the use of overtime, adding evening and weekend hours to
Creating additional clinic slots in Urology,
Ophthalmology, and Pulmonary with one Saturday clinic per month.
Health Administration (VHA) is ensuring that almost $4 million from within VA's
budget specifically to accelerate access to care be made available to the G. V.
(Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.
At the direction
of Acting Secretary Gibson, G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is increasing the use of
established contracts with community partners to schedule Veterans waiting to
be seen by a doctor.
Gibson's visit to the G. V.
(Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is part of his continuing site visits to
VA facilities across the country where he is hearing directly from Veterans and
employees about obstacles to providing timely, quality care, and how VA can
immediately address them.
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