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Access to care improvements announced at Montgomery VA Medical Center

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson Friday announced additional actions to improve Veterans' access to care at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.

"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. 
  • Partnering with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to accelerate access to care.
  • Currently hiring 4 specialty providers and 8 personnel to facilitate access to community-based care.
  • Expanding clinic hours and increasing the use of overtime, adding evening and weekend hours to see patients.
  • Creating additional clinic slots in Urology, Ophthalmology, and Pulmonary with one Saturday clinic per month. The Veterans 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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