HILL COUNTRY VETERANS COUNCIL
KERRVILLE, TX 78028
A meeting of the Texas Hill Country Veterans Council was held on
October 21, 2014 at the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce. Attending the
Vicki Marsh, President
Bill Bacon, First Vice President
David Rittenhouse, Second Vice President
Members Bill Cantrell, Emilio Rendon, Dan Bacon, Gary Noller
Paul Gregory, Chief Administrative Officer Kerrville VA
Guests Susan Junker and Mike Cagle
The meeting was called to order at 0905 by President Marsh.
Vicki Marsh opened the meeting by saying she
had heard that the Head nurse was leaving. Paul Gregory responded in
the affirmative and remarked that they already had a candidate to
Audiology: Current audiology tech is leaving. Paul Gregory mentioned
that he is seeking support from Audie Murphy and that TeleHealth was
also useful in filling the gap.
Paul Gregory said they did have approval for an overhire for Dr.
Shomatsu who is retiring in May. The position has not been posted
yet, but they have 2 MDs providing support along with 2 Nurse
6A Short Term Care: There will be an increase in short term stay
beds from 15 to 20 immediately and going to a maximum of 25 in the
very near future. The total current population is 78-84 in Long Term
A new speech pathologist is being interviewed.
PC3: Paul Gregory will get a list of the PC3 providers. The Peterson
Group is not involved which is their own decision.
Ultrasound: The Ultrasound Tech will come from Audie and new
equipment will be operating by December.
Dental: services in South Texas are up 17% over 5 years. Assistance
and cooperation are coming from UTHSC and SAMCC (for surgery). KVA’s
dentist is referring those needing cleaning to private providers.
STVHCS is 2nd highest nationally for dental- Unique Patients: A
Veteran patient is counted as a unique in each division from which
they receive care. For example, if a patient receives Primary Care
at one VA facility and specialty care from another VA facility,
he/she will be counted as a unique patient in each division. Source:
Neurology: there is no update on a doctor. Patients are being
referred locally or sent to Audie Murphy.
New VA identification cards are being mailed through November. If
veterans have NOT received them by the end of November, veterans
should go the admissions office.
Pharmacy: New federal rules from the Drug Enforcement Agency have
mandated that that VA prescriptions for hydrocodone (Vicodin) will
be limited to a 30-day supply with NO refills. Rather veterans must
request a new prescription each month from their doctor. Veterans
can no longer use the automated refill hotline for this medication.
Sleep Clinic via telehelath: all providers are in place. Date to
implement is unknown.
Mental Health: appointment reminder cards are being sent out.
Get Well Network: an in patient program for education, food
Notes Taken by Bill Bacon
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