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July 2, 2014

DCH to help with VA overload

Daviess Community Hospital saw a need to provide healthcare services to our service men and women so CEO David Bixler made some phone calls to what could be done. As it turns out, the Indianapolis, Marion, Illinois and Louisville VA hospitals were all on board and now through a referral from a VA physician, area service men and women can come to DCH to have common tests and procedures completed in a more timely manner.

"The veterans still need to see their physician at the VA to get a referral to come here," said Bixler. "But we can get the patients in faster for routine procedures such as colonoscopies and other common procedures."

Some of the other procedures and services include preventative health screenings,sleep disorder studies. imaging services, general surgery and urology as well as orthopedics.

Bixler said that DCH should be able to schedule most veterans for the services within a matter of days whereas sometimes months pass before procedures can be done at the VA hospitals. Veterans will not pay any more to receive services at DCH than they would to get those same services at the VA.

"Whatever the person would pay for the procedure at the VA is what they will pay here at DCH for the procedure," said Bixler. "They won't have to drive all the way to out of town to get a screening or general procedure done."

Tuesday Bixler met with members of the local American Legion and will meet with VFW members on Monday to see what kinds of needs and services the hospital can help provide. Bixler also said he had spoken with Veterans Affairs as well as other veteran organizations so he could learn more about the issues service men and women were facing. So far the response has been positive.

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