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VA Secretary visits Miami VA Healthcare System

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, second from right, talks with Dr. Seth Spector, right, chief of surgery, and Dr. Christina Matadial, left, chief of anesthesiology, about operating room processes at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center.

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, second from right, talks with Dr. Seth Spector, right, chief of surgery, and Dr. Christina Matadial, left, chief of anesthesiology, about operating room processes at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin visited the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, parent facility of the Miami VA Healthcare System, Friday, March 10.

During the scheduled stop in Miami, the Secretary talked with VA employees, labor partners, and stakeholders; toured the medical center; and met with local media outlets. The Secretary also met with Miami VA leadership and discussed the health care system’s successes and opportunities.

“We had a very constructive visit with the Secretary and were excited to talk about the great care we are offering America’s Veterans and their families in South Florida,” said Paul Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System. “We look forward to working with him on improving how we care for America’s Veterans.”

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin met with a group of Miami VA employees and stakeholders to discuss and address ways to improve VA services for South Florida Veterans and their families.

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin met with a group of Miami VA employees and stakeholders to discuss and address ways to improve VA services for South Florida Veterans and their families.

Michelle Zielenski, Miami VA women Veterans program manager, was one of the participants in the stakeholder meeting. She talked with the Secretary about the importance of reaching out to women Veterans and said a recent change to VA policy has increased the number of women Veterans seeking health care at the Miami VA.

“Since VA announced eligible service-connected Veterans and spouses can receive in vitro fertilization counseling and treatment at VA facilities, the number of women Veterans calling the Miami VA for care has increased,” she said. “In addition to asking about IVF, they want to know what other services are available to them and if they are eligible for VA care. The more women Veterans in South Florida know about all the services we offer at VA, the better.”

Dr. Seth Spector, third from left, chief of surgery, shows VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin how scheduled surgeries are easily viewed and tracked on the operating room’s scheduling board.

Dr. Seth Spector, third from left, shows VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin how scheduled surgeries are easily viewed and tracked on the operating room’s scheduling board.

During a medical center tour, the Secretary visited the renovated operating room, a renovation site and a primary care clinic. The Secretary’s visit concluded with meetings with academic affiliates and media.

To hear the Secretary talk with the VA Podcast about his commitment to Veterans and vision for VA, visit the VAtange Point blog.

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