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Keesler Medical Center Clinic to See Female VA Patients
From: 81st Medical Group Public Affairs Office         Filed 2/16/07  GCN

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – As the result of a recent resource sharing agreement between the 81st Medical Group and the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Keesler Medical Center’s Women’s Health Clinic will soon begin seeing VA patients.

According to Lt. Col Richard Rowe, deputy director and chief of federal integration with the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market Office at Keesler AFB, “Because Keesler Medical Center has the specialty providers and sees a wider spectrum of female patients, the local VA recognizes KMC as a ‘Center of Excellence’ in this area.  This will be the first Keesler clinic to see VA patients on a consistent basis and in larger numbers.”                                                                                                                                                                           

Keesler’s Women's Health Clinic will see all non-routine gynecological VA patients, including patients needing surgery.  All routine VA patients will continue to be seen at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi.  The Keesler clinic will also take care of VA pregnant patients.  People don’t think of veterans as getting pregnant, but there are a few.  As more and more women join the military, there are more women in the VA system.

 “There are a lot of details that KMC and the VA are finalizing, such as access, prescriptions, patient record information, referrals and billing,” Colonel Rowe said.  “Perfecting these procedures will serve as a benchmark for wider Air Force/VA collaboration that will be coming in the near future.”

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