Military veterans living in southern Hillsborough County will soon get respite from driving all the way to north Tampa for their medical care.
The 50,000-square-foot community-based outpatient facility will provide primary and specialty care, preventative care, and mental health and telemedicine services. It will offer audiology, MRIs, X-rays, CAT scans, ultrasound, physical therapy and labs, plus on-site prescription service. For urgent care, veterans must continue going to the VA hospital or another area hospital.
The community-based outpatient clinic will feature two modules of patient-aligned care teams (PACT), a group of healthcare professionals working together on behalf of each veteran. They look at all aspects of a veteran’s health and offer a coordinated, team-based approach in providing the best possible care.
The PACTs include a registered nurse who coordinates care and provides follow-up; a primary care provider who leads the team and determines the best course of action for a patient’s condition; clerical associate; clinical associate (licensed practical nurse, medical assistant or health technician); social worker; psychologist; pharmacist; and dietitian. Each veteran who receives care from the VA gets an extensive list of the services each PACT member provides.
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