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New Program has Served More than 1,360 Veterans

 

On March 1, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) began the Veterans Transportation Service (VTS), which provides transportation for Veterans with special needs and those without transportation to and from outpatient appointments.

Since the program began, VTS has provided transportation for more than 1,360 Veterans, including more than 270 wheelchair bound patients, to appointments at the medical center and Hartshorne, Tulsa and Vinita VA Outpatient Clinics (as of June 22).

VTS is a pilot program which is open to all Veterans enrolled at the medical center, but top priority is given to Veterans with disabilities, wheelchair bound, cancer patients and those who are at a high risk for suicide.  The program strives to improve the continuity of care for Veterans who have difficulty assessing health care services on a regular basis, particularly those who live in remote and rural areas.

Mindy Underwood, Administrative Officer for VTS, said the new program has been well received by Veterans.

“Veterans seem very grateful and appreciative of the program,” said Underwood.  “Some have mentioned it’s the only way they could ever get to their appointments.  It makes you feel good when you know you can help someone out, especially a Veteran who has sacrificed so much.”

Veterans can schedule transportation with VTS through their VA primary care provider or by calling the VTS call center at 918-577-3500 or toll free at 877-905-4538.

JCMVAMC is one of four VA Medical Centers chosen to pilot this new program. An additional 22 VA Medical Centers will offer the program by September 30, 2011 and will be VA-wide by 2014.

For more information about the new program, please visit VA’s VTS website

Research from A.R. Snyder and Co-Researchers in the Area of Sport Rehabilitation Published.

Electronics Newsweekly February 2, 2011 “Electrical stimulation is often used to control edema formation after acute injury. However, it is unknown whether its theoretical benefits translate to benefits in clinical practice,” investigators in the United States report. go to site at still university

The researchers concluded: “These treatment parameters may facilitate future research related to the effects of HVPS on edema formation in humans and guide practical clinical use.” Snyder and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (The Influence of High-Voltage Electrical Stimulation on Edema Formation After Acute Injury: A Systematic Review. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2010;19(4):436-451). this web site at still university

For additional information, contact A.R. Snyder, AT Still University, Postprofess Athlet Training Program, Mesa, AZ, USA.

The publisher of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation can be contacted at: Human Kinetics Publ Inc., 1607 N Market St., PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-2200, USA.

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