April 21 2015



A meeting of the Texas Hill Country Veterans Council was held on April 21, 2015 at the Administrative Conference Room at Kerrville VA. Attending the meeting were:

Vicki Marsh, President
Bill Bacon, First Vice President
David Rittenhouse, Second Vice President
Members Bill Cantrell, Emilio Rendon, Maggie Baker
VA Administrative Officer Jason Fisher
Guests Susan Junkers, Mike Cagle, Gary Powers, Nick Oprea

The meeting was called to order at 0900 by President Marsh.

Leading off, Vicki Marsh welcomed first time guest Nick Oprea. Mr. Oprea had recently relocated to Kerrville from Denton County. He had served as a Combat medic in the Army during the Vietnam era.

Jason Fisher began the meeting with bullet points related to the agenda. There are currently two openings for PACT Doctors. One is being replaced by a locum tenant who will fill in for the Blue team for 90 days. Patients from the Green Team are being seen by doctors from the other teams.

There has been no luck locating a neurologist. Their new strategy is to post a job opening for Kerrville and use them part time for AMVAMC to see if that will change the that might find someone from the Hill Country.

Richard Sloss has been hired as the Nurse Executive. He is on board now. His last experience was as a Nurse Executive at Peterson Hospital.

A new person is in the works to be the Dental Hygienist.

The Speech Pathologist is on board as of 20 April.

The telehealth sleep clinic is headed by Rick. Classes are currently at Audie Murphy and transmitted to Kerrville. Classes are 2 hours per session and are very successful. No answer received about follow-up individual appointments. Do area vets go to Audie or are they seen via telehealth.

In other issues, a question was raised concerning the work load for Dr. Shaw. He may have added more geriatric care.

Questions were raised by several persons concerning the Agent Orange registry. Jason Fisher said he would clarify the issues the next MAC meeting.

There is no electronic wait list for Kerrville. Veterans enrolled include 8,600 of which 6,500 are active. The former have chosen KVA as their preferred/primary site for healthcare.

All veterans have received their Choice Cards. The primary issue is the need to interface with Triwest. 330 vets have successfully used Choice for appointments. Continuity of care and records have two full time employees who monitor Triwest portal. The new rules are if the responses are not done, then Triwest does not receive compensation.

213 Del Rio patients have been moved back to Audie Murphy.

Taking Notes,

Bill Bacon


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