Created: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:37:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:43:15 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Recent nationwide data show that patient wait time for the Grand Junction VA Medical Center has improved.
The average wait time is now 50 days or less and there are now zero people waiting more than 60 days for a first appointment. In addition, the initial audit showed 115 patients were still waiting for a first appointment. That number is now down to 23.
This bimonthly report from the Department of Veterans was prompted by the nationwide VA scandal. Now, all affiliated VA hospitals will be required for these progress reports.
Officials with the Grand Junction VA Medical Center have implemented new methods that are helping in the progress.
"I think one of the big things we're doing is really monitoring cancellations. You have to have two cancellations of a regular appointment for a new appointment because they take twice as long, so the person doing that really has a job on their hands," said Paul Sweeney, Public Relations Officer, VA Medical Center.
Some of the other improvements VA officials have made are opening the medicine intake clinic, to help assist patients when the hospital is backed up. They’re also hiring new providers and re-assigning provider duties.
These reports are available online for anyone to view and come out in the middle and end of each month. http://www.va.gov/