HCVC MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Hill Country Veteran Council Meeting
KVAMC Changes and Upcoming Events
Ms. Hoge highlighted the fact that same-day care is available at KVAMC. The VA standard for same-day care is within 24 hours of patient walking in. There are 28 open positions at KVAMC and HR is actively recruiting for them. STVHCS will hold a job fair at KVAMC in the 1st quarter of calendar year 2017. Veterans can now make audiology appointments directly with the clinic without going through their primary care team. The phone number is 1-800-792-2581. The Veterans Benefit Agency will have a representative in Room 324 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month. This will be a great help for Veterans wanting to check on claim status. The Veterans Land Board is sponsoring a Veterans Benefit Fair in the KVAMC Auditorium on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas Veterans Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs will all have representatives at KVAMC to assist Veterans during the Benefits Fair.
New Hires at KVAMC
Optometry Dr. Dau should be on board on January 9, 2017 for Fee Basis Work. She will work Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. She is considering working Wednesdays, but hasn’t committed yet. The Optometry position was posted and closed the second week of December, but it will be months before we have someone on-board full time.
Radiology Ms. Hoge is working an “over hire” and a “direct hire” position for radiology. An over hire is used when KVAMC knows they are going to lose a person and asks to start the hiring process before the person leaves. Special permissions are required. The over hire will replace Diana Orduna and will be able to do routine radiology (chest X-rays, abdominal X-rays, extremities, etc). The direct hire is for the ultrasound position at ALMD and will allow KVAMC to offer ultrasounds two days a week.
Geriatrician There are two applicants and KVAMC is interviewing both. One will replace Dr. Martin and the other will replace Dr. Shimatsu.
Physical Therapist The candidate has been selected and is in the boarding process with Human Services
Clerk Position for 4th Floor Specialty Clinics Hired
Additional Primary Care Provider On board the end of December and will be located on the 1st floor.
Home Care Team KVAMC was approved for an additional Home Care Team of 6 people. Capable of covering 60-mile radius versus normal 40 mile radius.
Mental Health Mid Level Care Team KVAMC was approved for an additional 2 person Mental Health Mid Level Care Team capable of treating 16 Veterans.
Lab Equipment We learned that it was ready for delivery, but because of holidays, it was postponed until Jan./Feb. and that installation and training will take about 6 weeks. Thus, by March or April, we should be able to resume nearly all lab testing here.
Veteran Enrollment at KVAMC In response to HCVC comments about reduced Veteran enrollment at KVAMC, Ms. Hoge provided the below statistics for Fiscal Years 15. 16 and to date FY17.
Advertising HCVC President Vicki Marsh stressed the need for more advertising of the services available at KVAMC. With 25 specialty clinics from audiology to urology KVAMC is a unique capability that Veterans need to know about and take advantage of.
HCVC President Viki Marsh adjourned the meeting at 10:00 AM December 20, 2016