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Healthcare in Our Community
Veterans’ healthcare nowadays requires a community-wide investment and commitment to meet their needs. Sometimes these needs are unique. Sometimes they sustain long-term illnesses or life-threatening injuries. As a result, LVMAC, since 2011, has sought to work in a collaborative manner to assist the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and any other other governmental health care agencies, inclusive of state and local, towards accomplishing their missions of providing first-class care to military service members, military veterans and their families.
Our aim is that Lehigh Valley’s military service members, veterans and their families receive accessible and integrated health care services of the highest quality along the full continuum of care, including specialized services unique to their needs, no matter the source. In reality, the vast majority of veterans and their families living here depend upon community hospital networks when they seek care. Indeed, less than 20% of veterans in the Lehigh Valley derive any form of healthcare from the VA. Though that percentage could be higher for various reasons, ultimately most would are ineligible -- a little known fact and one not fully appreciated by the the general public.
Since LVMAC tries to deal with realities, it consequently believes proactive awareness by and education of the local, professional medical establishment is necessary.
One result has been the formation of an active alliance called the Healthcare in Our Community Task Force or Alliance. All the hospital networks in the area and then some are involved: Coordinated Health, Easton Hospital, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Luke’s University Health Network and its newest partners: Grand View Health, Lancaster General Health, and Pocono Medical Center. Heartland Hospice, Treatment Trends Inc., New Vitae Wellness and Recovery and Victory House of the Lehigh Valley also participate in the effort to provide expert advice in some particular speciality areas.
Most of the work involves medical professional education and changes to operating protocols -- all largely unseen or unnoticed to the patient. Recently, the alliance has begun a health information exchange initiative between the hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
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To learn more about our efforts, visit our blogsite and Pressroom (on this site). Occasionally we post news of significant events that have occurred.