November 08, 2017
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Veterans Administration and Cape Regional Health System have entered into an agreement that both organizations hope will enhance access to quality care for veterans. Effective immediately, veterans who are members of the VA's Choice Program can get care at Cape Regional Health System facilities, with approval from the VA.
"The VA is committed to enhancing access to healthcare services in its community-based clinics in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties," said Vincent Kane, medical director, Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital. "Through this local provider agreement, the VA can partner with Cape Regional Health System which has a long history of caring for the community, to increase veterans' access to high-quality healthcare when that care is not available through the VA or when the VA is not able to deliver that care in a timely manner. We have already been making referrals of our veterans for quality healthcare to Cape Regional Health System."
"Cape Regional Health System is committed to proving the highest quality healthcare to our veterans of both those who have served our country and those who are currently serving our country. Working together with the VA, our healthcare providers and support staff, we look forward to providing our veterans with healthcare services close to home and in their own communities," stated Joanne Carrocino, President and CEO, Cape Regional Health System. "All too often our veterans must travel over 100 miles for care or wait too long to receive the care they need."
Under the provider agreement, veterans will still clear non-emergency treatment through the VA before getting it, and notify the VA after getting emergency care. Kane said veterans seeking information should contact their local VA community based outpatient clinic (CBOC), locations and information are on the VA website; or attend VA Town Hall meetings.
"Over the past year in partnership with the VA, we have significantly expanded community-based services available locally for South Jersey veterans," said Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey, United States congressman, 2nd District. "The agreement with Cape Regional Health System will greatly enhance those efforts, offering our veterans outstanding medical care in their home communities. Bringing even more services remains the mission that will not end."
For more information about partnered care, veterans should speak with their primary physician or patient aligned care team (PACT) member through their local community-based outpatient clinic.
About the VA Choice Program
President Donald Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 in August. It was an extension of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, or Veterans Choice Act, President Barack Obama signed in August, 2014, which created the Veterans Choice Program.
About Cape Regional Health System
Cape Regional Health System is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving residents and visitors throughout Cape May County. The system includes Cape Regional Medical Center, its flagship hospital, three urgent care facilities, Cape Regional Physicians Associates with over 55 primary care providers and specialists delivering services in 13 locations, the Thomas and Claire Brodesser, Jr., Cancer Center, the Jane Osborne Center for Women's Health and numerous freestanding outpatient facilities providing wound care, radiology, lab, endoscopy and physical therapy services.
Cape Regional Health System is a Penn Medicine Cancer Network member, and a clinical affiliate of Penn Medicine for Cardiac Care, Orthopaedic Care and Vascular Care. Cape Regional Medical Center is accredited by and received the Gold Seal of approval from The Joint Commission.