HILL COUNTRY VETERANS COUNCIL
KERRVILLE, TX 78028
A meeting of the Texas Hill Country Veterans Council was held on
January 20, 2015 at the Administrative Conference Room at Kerrville
VA. Attending the meeting were:
Vicki Marsh, President
Bill Bacon, First Vice President
Members Bill Cantrell, Emilio Rendon, Gary Noller, Maggie Baker
Paul Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer Kerrville VA
Guests Susan Junker, Cord Switzer, Dennis Birchall, Gary Powers
The meeting was called to
order at 0900 by President Marsh.
Vicki Marsh mentioned the Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) as
pertains to emergency or urgent care for veterans since KVA no
longer has such facilities on a 24 hour basis. Paul Gregory asked
that facts and details be obtained from PRMC such as claims denied,
Other issues discussed included the commitment to hire a Doctor for
the Green Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) with the understanding
that the deadline for the search is March 2015. As concerns a
Neurologist, Audie Murphy is also short. The problem is the
disparity between VA salaries and civilian salaries.
A new Dental Hygienist has accepted the position at KVA as has a
Speech Pathologist. The boarding process has begun for the
hygienist. A Speech Therapist has been identified. An Audiology
technician has been identified for a permanent position. An
Optometrist is coming on staff in July 2015 and an Optometrist from
Audie Murphy’s Data Point Clinic is coming to Kerrville to see
patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Drs. Howell and Shomatsu’s replacements are on board in the
Geriatric Extended Care Medicine Clinic. An Executive Nurse has been
identified but has not made a decision to accept the position.
Panels (patient loads) for the PACT’s average 1,163. The new ceiling
for the PACT’s is 1400. Paul Gregory was unaware that one PACT had
1308 in December 2014.
Del Rio-area patients have a choice between using VA facilities in
San Antonio or Kerrville or using the Choice Card.
A lengthy discussion was held concerning the "Choice" legislation.
Every facility has a "Choice Champion" assigned to assist veterans
with using the Choice Card. The Choice Champions at KVA are Paul
Gregory and Terry Garza . They are also patient advocates.
Comments to us or the V. A. would be greatly appreciated.