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New Hospital Partnership Benefits Veterans

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Updated: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:13:40 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A new partnership between two Grand Valley hospitals will better serve local veterans by offering services not previously available on the Western Slope.

Veterans Affairs doctors started performing surgeries at Community Hospital allowing veterans to stay closer to home for the procedures and recovery.

Officials say due to changes in the standards of care in the past few years veterans have had to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City for the level of care.    

"Over the last number of years we've just really committed to trying to be a partner, we partnered with the school district, we partnered with Mesa County to try to help them improve their health care and so this is just another way that we want to give back to the community, partner with the veterans, and make sure they have services, and it really fits with what we're trying to do at Community Hospital," said Community Hospital CEO Chris Thomas.

"It's just so beneficial and then the veteran is able to recover close to home so friends and family can visit, drop by so I think it's invaluable to offer that to our patients here," said Veterans Affairs surgeon Dr. Amanda McSweeney.

The first surgery was performed last week and the patient is now recovering at home.

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