Country Veteran Council Meeting
August 16, 2016
Kerrville Chamber of Commerce
HCVC Officers: President Vicki Marsh, SVP Dennis Birchall 2VP Byron
HCVC Members: Maggie Baker, Emilio Rendon, Cord Switzer, David
KVA: Kim Hoge,
Guests: Nick Oprea, Gary Powers
President Vicki Marsh opened the
meeting complimenting the Mental Health Summit Planning Committee on
the excellent job given the constraints of space in VA Auditorium
which limited the number of community partners with tables. There
were two firsts: your getting the KDT to write an article in
advance of the event and Audieís PAO, Lupe Hernandez, notified Hill
Country media (not just those in adjacent counties).
President Marsh noted that this is the first year that Kim Hoge
participated in the Mental Health Summit, but itís the 4th year for
most others. We donít understand why the publicity pieces are still
late. When initial notification and the publicity piece including
posting flyers throughout KVAMF are late, this may discourage
community partners from participating.
Ms. Hoge announced that KVAMF has a new psychiatrist on board
The Wound clinic will get a new Registered Nurse to assess wounds.
KVAMF has funding for this new hire.
Shelly Danley started earlier this month as the new Release of
Information Clerk. Her office is located on the second floor of
A Travel Clerk has been hired and will be located in the second
floor Travel Office.
Ultra-sound services at KVAMF have been reduced to once a week for
the last 6 months due to shortages of ultra-sound technicians at
Audie. Kim followed up on this with radiology(Lee Long, formerly
acting Admin Officer @ KVA) and Vicki. Per Lee, they are actively
seeking more techs. KVAMF has requested, and been granted,
permission for an over-hire when the current X-ray tech retires in
Dec. KVAMF is looking for a technician that can cover all imaging
(X-ray, CT Scan, etc)
Human Resources has identified a candidate for the open Dental
Hygienist position and is waiting on firm offer letter.
Housekeeping has 5 vacancies, Engineering has 7 vacancies, and the
KVAMF has no laundry vacancies. None of these non-medical vacancies
are posted on USAJOBS.
The KVAMF Lab needs a phlebotomist and lab technicians Ė 3 positions
KVAMF has approval to hire two Physical Therapists; one for
in-patients and one for out- patients. KVAMF has no applicants at
Physical Therapistónone on the hook.
The Podiatry Clinic has increased its doctor coverage to five days a
South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is closing its
mail-out prescription capability at Community-Based Out Patient
Facilities and consolidating it at KVAMF. Mail-out prescriptions
will increase from ~700 a month to 10,000 a month.
Changes: Beginning October 1, 2016 all clerks will be
consolidated under Medical Administration Service. This will
standardize training for all clerks.
Relocations: The following office relocations have
already been completed or are in progress.
The old Audiology booth will move to the new Audiology office.
Dental will get 1 resident & 1 fellow
Ophthalmology is expanding.
Mental health is expanding: 3 more Psychology residents for 1year
each, its intensive case mangagement program will expand to KVAMF.
Prosthetics is expanding and will carry more prosthetic supplies.
KVAMF is getting 5,000 doses of flu serum. First shipment
will be between August 15th and September 15th. The second shipment
will be between September 15th and October 15th. KVAMF planning on
three drive throughs. Walgreens will be an option. Veterans should
call their PACT for more information.
Telehealth is expanding at KVAMF. KVAMF is already
providing Telehealth primary care capability for Victoria, TX
patients. KVAMF will be starting a Telehealth Pain Clinic and is
considering a Telehealth Prosthetics Clinic.
Having completed discussion the
agenda, HCVC President Marsh closed the meeting.
Comments to us or the V. A. would be greatly appreciated.