West Texas VA Health Care System
Facility Efforts with Community Partners
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs operates 152 VA Medical Centers and over 2,000 Community Based Outpatient and Outreach Clinics. VA’s mission is to “serve those that have borne the battle.” West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) strives to provide quality care in a timely manner while developing partnerships in our communities to enhance services to Veterans.
We would first like to give a shout out to all the Veteran Service Organizations that provide such generous support through monetary donations as well as activities and events for our residents in the Community Living Center and Domiciliary. On average, these organizations provide bingo about eight times each month; provide monetary support for these residents to go to the movies, bowling, ball games, and other therapeutic activities. If you or a member of your family is a member of the American Legions, AMVETS, Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Disabled American Veterans, MOC (Military Order of the Cooties), Veterans of Foreign War, and/or their Auxiliaries, please share a big “Thank You” for their continued support to Veterans. WE THANK YOU!
Community partnerships are also valued and appreciated. Smaller metropolitan areas are often advantageous when planning community-wide events for Veterans. Not only do they share the use of their facilities for such activities, but they also provide generous donations to support these events. West Texas loves Veterans and the WTVAHCS appreciates the support of the community leaders and businesses within the primary service area served by WTVAHCS.
Rural health care is a bit more challenging in our smaller communities while staff retention continues to be a main focus when providing quality health care. WTVAHCS thanks the community partners that assist with providing quality health care to Veterans when services are not available within the VA. Last year, WTVAHCS’s non-VA budget exceeded $30 million. But we could not be an effective health care team without these partnerships. We want to thank our community partnerships that complement health care services to Veterans.
Volunteers continue to be the heart and soul of VA partnerships at all VA organizations. Many hours of dedication are donated each day to support the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Volunteers come in early and stay late. They answer phones, they serve coffee and refreshments, they drive Veterans to and from medical appointments, they assist with activities, and more importantly they give of themselves without any expectation in return. Not only do we thank our volunteers for their efforts but our Veterans thank them also.
With the combined efforts of partnerships, the VA can better meet the personal needs of our Veterans.