Summit Healthcare and the Show Low VA Clinic headed by Dr. Jeffrey Reres, Medical Director, began negotiations in January of this year to offer local Veterans the opportunity to receive simple x-ray and lab services closer to home. In June, the Pilot Program launched in Show Low, Ariz., and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has approved continuance of this program for the immediate future.
The Pilot Program offers veterans who are seen at the Show Low VA Clinic the ability to receive simple X-rays and labs the same day as their VA appointment. With Veterans able to get the care they need close to home, veterans can get the care they need sooner and also eliminates making a trip to Phoenix for tests or X-rays.
“Our Veterans deserve to receive their healthcare here at home and the Pilot Program offers another service that Summit Healthcare can provide to our local communities,” says Ron McArthur, CEO of Summit Healthcare.
Since its start in early June, this Pilot Program has seen many patients who did not have to leave town for their tests. “It can be a challenge for some Veterans to make the three-hour trip to Phoenix, and this program help Veterans get the care they need right here at home,” says Dr. Jeffrey Reres, Medical Director, Show Low Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).
A top priority for VA is making sure that Veterans have access to high quality care when and where they need it. One way VA accomplishes this priority is by using VA’s community care network.
“The primary question at the forefront of all the decisions we make at the Phoenix VA is, ‘What is best in the eyes of the Veteran?’” said Rima Nelson, PVAHCS Director. “We are focused on modernizing and streamlining processes to improve care for the Veterans we serve. This is a great convenience for the Veterans in the Show Low area. They get care quicker and closer to home, and that means test results come back sooner and ongoing treatment can resume sooner.”
Working with TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Phoenix VA Health Care System (to which the Show Low VA Clinic is a part) to obtain authorization, Veterans receive can their services and results the same day.
“It is our privilege at TriWest to participate in this pilot program to ensure timely and convenient health care services to Veterans who call Show Low and the surrounding area home,” said Dave McIntyre, President and CEO, TriWest Healthcare Alliance. “TriWest truly values partnerships with our community providers who share our commitment to provide Veterans the care they have earned, and so rightfully deserve.”
• About Summit Healthcare
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit organization in the beautiful White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona. Summit responds to the health care needs of more than 90,000 permanent and seasonal residents living in a 3,000 square mile area. Our goal is quite simple—to provide patients with state-of-the-art health care close to home.
• About the Phoenix VA Health Care System
The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a complexity level 1b tertiary care hospital, and community clinics providing services to over 91,000 Arizona Veterans. The hospital has an annual operating budget of more than $750 million and employs more than 3,400 full time staff. PVAHCS operates healthcare clinics in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Surprise, Payson (Contract), Show Low, Globe-Miami, Southwest Phoenix, and two clinics in Central Phoenix.
• About TriWest Healthcare Alliance
TriWest Healthcare Alliance serves our nation’s heroes as the partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs in administering the Patient-Centered Community Care and Veterans Choice Programs. TriWest has been On a Mission to Serve® America’s military families and Veterans since 1996 delivering award-winning customer service and providing access to high-quality healthcare. The company’s official website is www.triwest.com.