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September 18, 2012
Providence VA Medical Center Awards New Contract to Provide Basic Medical Services to Veterans on Martha’s Vineyard
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence VA Medical Center has awarded a contract to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to provide basic medical services to eligible Veterans on Martha’s Vineyard. The new contract will enhance care to eligible Veterans on the Island to include basic lab work and diagnostic imaging on the island without the need for pre-approval. “All of these services have been consolidated into one contract,” says Vincent Ng, Providence VA Medical Center Director. “More importantly, this contract includes provisions to ensure better continuity of care
as well as assurances that our Veterans on the Island are receiving safe, high quality care. It also includes criteria to ensure patient confidentiality.”
Veterans will still have to come to the Providence VA Medical Center (or the Boston Health Care System) for specialty care and services in most cases. However, the Providence VAMC continues to expand its Telehealth capability at its three Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). As such, Veterans on the Island will be able to receive additional specialty care at any of the three CBOCs, consistent with this technology.
Timothy J. Walsh, President and CEO of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, is pleased that a new contract is now in place. “We can now provide our Veterans on the Island with the care they need without them having to go too far from home. It is an honor to be able to serve those who have served us.”
The official ‘kick-off’ day for the new contract is October 3. Several members from the Providence VA Medical Center will visit Martha’s Vineyard on that day to meet with hospital leadership and staff. They will also conduct a town hall meeting with Veterans and key stakeholders on the Island. Exact time and location of the town hall meeting will be available prior to the visit.
For more information about the new contract or the Providence VA Medical Center, please contact Tom Antonaccio at (401) 457-3369, or visit www.providence.va.gov.
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