The Veterans Affairs Department has named Dr. Tracy Gaudet of Duke University Medical Center to direct the department's new Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which will be responsible for demonstrating and deploying new models of care for U.S. veterans.
New VA office names director
According to the VA, the department plans to redefine medical care for veterans by adopting a new approach called a Patient Aligned Care Team that adapts the patient-centered medical home model to provide continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's life.
“Each visit, every interaction at our medical centers gives us another chance to show our veterans how much they mean to us,” Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA's undersecretary for health, said in a news release about Gaudet's appointment. “Dr. Gaudet will be an exceptional asset in our efforts to show veterans we appreciate their services even while we aim to perfect ours,” Petzel added.
Gaudet has served as the executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine since 2001.
The new Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation will begin at four VA medical centers in Birmingham, Ala.; East Orange, N.J.; Dallas; and Los Angeles, according to the release.
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