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Durham VA Medical Center


Secretary Shulkin visits Durham VA

Secretary Shulkin visits Durham

Secretary David Shulkin receives a construction update regarding expansion of the medical center’s Hospice unit from Durham VA Health Care System Director DeAnne Seekins during his April 28 visit. The renovations will improve patient experience by allowing for more single occupancy rooms.

By Sharonda Pearson, PAO
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

VA’s ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, visited the Durham VA April 28 to highlight the progress made for Veterans during President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

“While many challenges remain, and we have a lot of work to do in the next 100 days, thanks to the President’s leadership, and bipartisan support in Congress, we have made significant progress on a number of important fronts for Veterans in the last three months,” VA’s top leader said during his press conference.

Changes in the last three months that were highlighted by Shulkin included reauthorization of the Choice Act, employee accountability legislation, the agency’s new easy-to-use Access and Quality of care public website, a new predictive modeling tool to reach Veterans at the highest risk for suicide, and providing mental health services to former service members with other than honorable discharges.

Shulkin said the team would be working even harder over the next 100 days to pass legislation that provides Veterans more option for care, and Accountability Legislation and Appeals Reform, expanding same day services in primary care and mental health to all Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and launching Getting to Zero—a new suicide prevention initiative.

In addition to providing an update, Shulkin also met with Durham VA leadership and staff to discuss medical center best practices and any issues hindering the staff from providing the highest quality care to Veterans who receive care across Durham VA Health Care System. During his remarks, Shulkin thanked the Durham team for their “extraordinary steps to best serve the Veterans in North Carolina and their commitment to honoring President Lincoln’s vision.”

Shulkin’s visit also included tours of the Hospice Unit construction site and Radiology/Oncology Unit, as well as the MICU, Catheterization Lab, 1-F Primary Care Unit, and Emergency Department.


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