New projects improve medical services for veterans

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two new projects at the Naval Health Clinic Charleston will provide veterans with physical therapy and dermatology services.

The Lowcountry Federal Healthcare Alliance announced the $807,000 project will be paid for through the Federal government's Joint Incentive Fund (JIF).

Physical therapy and dermatology services will be available for veterans, active duty service members and Department of Defense beneficiaries along with new equipment.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and NHCC will share the clinic at NHCC located on the Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station.{}

The clinic will be staffed by two VA physical therapists, two physical therapy assistants and a medical services assistant.

"This funding approval from the Health Executive Council will provide much-needed specialty care for all of our beneficiaries and will serve to strengthen the partnership between VA and DoD," said Naval Health Clinic Charleston Commanding Officer CAPT Marvin L. Jones.

A shared VA-DoD dermatology clinic is also approved for Naval Hospital Beaufort and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Until now, all Beaufort dermatology patients were referred to other doctors in the community or had to travel{} to Charleston.

The clinic, which will be located at the Naval Hospital, will be staffed by a VA dermatologist, licensed practical nurse and administrative specialist.{}

{}"The addition of dermatology services means patients who would have been sent to another clinic will now be able to receive that specialty care in the same location where they receive other medical services," said Naval Hospital Beaufort Commanding Officer CAPT Anne M. Lear.

{}"Our VA-DoD partnership benefits Veteran and DoD patients in so many ways," added Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Director Carolyn L. Adams.{} "Working together we are able to provide the specialty care they need closer to home while saving taxpayer dollars, improving continuity of patient and family centered care and easing the transition from active duty to Veteran status.{} We are incredibly proud of our track record for successful collaborations which has been recognized by both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.{} And we are especially proud to be serving our heroes who have sacrificed so much for our freedom."

The LFHA is a VA-DoD partnership between Naval Health Clinic Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, the Air Force's 628th Medical Group and Naval Hospital Beaufort that was established in 2006.{}


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