HILL COUNTRY VETERANS COUNCIL
KERRVILLE, TX 78028
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
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
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
213 Del Rio patients have been moved back to Audie Murphy.
Comments to us or the V. A. would be greatly appreciated.