The Veterans Affairs Department plans to open three new veterans rural-health resource centers on Oct. 1, the department announced.
For our veterans living in rural areas, the nearest medical center can be miles away, VA Secretary James Peake said in a written statement. VAs commitment is to provide the best quality care to veterans regardless of their address. These centers are a major step toward ensuring that commitment is met.
The centers will serve as satellite offices for the VAs Office of Rural Health, with an eastern center located in Vermont at the 60-bed White River Junction VA Medical Center; a central region site at the 93-bed Iowa City (Iowa) VA Medical Center; and a western region site at the 121-bed Salt Lake City VA Medical Center.
Administrative, clinical and research staff at the centers will be charged with identifying disparities in healthcare for rural veterans and developing practices or programs to enhance the delivery of care. -- by Jennifer Lubell