HILL COUNTRY VETERANS COUNCIL
KERRVILLE, TX 78028
A meeting of the Texas Hill Country
Veterans Council was held on December 17, 2013
at the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce. Attending the meeting were:
Vicki Marsh, President
Bill Bacon, First Vice President
David Rittenhouse, Second Vice President
Members Alan Hill, Sam Barker, Bill Cantrell, Gary Noller
Guest Jamaine Washington, Peer Support Group
Paul Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer Kerrville VA
The meeting was called to order at 0900 by President Marsh.
Gary Noller met with the VA
Engineer Mike Bowlby who said that the utility program for Freedom’s
Path is in place.
Jamaine Washington said that the Peer Support Group is a resource
In the next segment of the meeting, Mr. Paul Gregory, Administrative
Director of the Kerrville VA Hospital, answered questions that had
been prepared, written and sent to Mr. Gregory prior to the meeting.
1: Mental staffing: Paul Gregory said that the VA is using a
specialty recruiter for Psychiatrists, but, so far, are unable to
find the right fit. Paul is putting together a packet that includes
the benefits of living in the Texas Hill Country to perhaps help the
2: Pharm D teleconferencing: Paul Gregory said we will have a full
time person for teleconferencing but not on the KVA site.
& Paul also mentioned that the VA had tried to recruit part-time and
former VA Psychiatrists but could not find anyone who was
3: An ultrasound clerk started the prior week so thyroid exams could
be done in Kerrville, but Audie Murphy received blurred images, so
no tech is coming yet.
& Paul mentioned that enrollment at KVA from ’12 to ’13 is up be 600
veterans which is the highest increase by per cent in STVAHCS.
Back to #3, Paul said they are developing plans to attend to adverse
reactions to contrast imaging in the CT scan which will require
training for the Primary Care physicians.
4: TeleHealth for the sleep clinic is being worked on.
5: Col. Marsh ask for the status of the cataract pre-op evaluations.
No notes taken for an answer. But a full time dental hygienist will
be hired soon.
6: Non-VA Emergency Care: they are increasing communications between
the VA and the local civilian hospitals so that the presentation of
a VA card will trigger a call from the hospital to the VA.
7: Audie Murphy personnel are working on recruiting and staffing the
Del Rio clinic.
8: The Engineering Department is working to take over the contract
for the first floor constructions. The finances are done, but they
are still 12 months behind.
Vicki Mentioned the Stakeholders meeting and that we need to be
She also said Gene Higgins had resigned from the Council due to his
relocation away from the Hill Country.
Taken by Bill Bacon
Comments to us or the V. A. would be greatly appreciated.