St. Vincent‘s Medical Center announced Friday a new partnership to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the opportunity to receive care at St. Vincent’s locations throughout the state.
The medical center said qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA or have to travel farther than 40 miles from their home, can receive care from St. Vincent’s doctors.
“St. Vincent’s is proud to provide high quality, compassionate, personalized care to eligible veterans in Connecticut through our participation in the Veterans Choice program,” Dr. Stuart G. Marcus, president and CEO, St. Vincent’s Medical Center said in a release. “It’s always a great day when we can offer services to more patients in need. When it comes to caring for those who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedom – our veterans – that is especially true.”
The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 established funding to pay for healthcare services provided to veterans by private healthcare providers. Through the partnership, St. Vincent’s physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care for eligible veterans outside of VA.
“This program is personal for so many of us, either because we served or we have a family member who is a veteran,” saidChristopher Willey, Veterans Choice Program Administrator, St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “As a veteran myself, it’s important to me to carry on the mission that I started as a Navy Corpsman and care for my fellow service members any time they are in need.” Willey, a resident of Milford, served in the United States Navy.
St. Vincent’s will work with Health Net, which is designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to implement the Veterans Choice Program and provide eligible veterans access to care in their community when the local VA facility cannot readily provide care.