BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- St. Vincent's Medical Center has formed a partnership to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the opportunity to receive care at St. Vincent's locations throughout Connecticut.
Qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA or have to travel more than 40 miles from their home can receive care from St. Vincent's doctors. As part of Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit health care system and the world's largest Catholic health system, St. Vincent's Medical Center joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and our communities by serving as an official provider of Veteran Care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"St. Vincent's is proud to provide high quality, compassionate, personalized care to eligible veterans in Connecticut through our participation in the Veterans Choice program," said Stuart Marcus, president and CEO of St. Vincent's Medical Center. "It's always a great day when we can offer services to more patients in need. When it comes to caring for those who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedom - our veterans - that is especially true."
Through the partnership, St. Vincent's physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care and mental health care for eligible veterans outside of the VA.
"This program is personal for so many of us, either because we served or we have a family member who is a veteran," said Christopher Willey, Veterans Choice Program administrator at St. Vincent's Medical Center. "As a veteran myself, it's important to me to carry on the mission that I started as a Navy Corpsman and care for my fellow service members any time they are in need."
Ascension has established a national provider registration with Health Net Federal Services LLC, which is a federal health benefit administrator to the VA. Nearly nine million veterans received the Veterans Choice Card. Use of the card is strictly voluntary; veterans who qualify for VA health care can continue to receive care at a VA medical facility as they have in the past.
Veterans can determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program by going here or by calling the number on their Choice Card, 1-866-606-8198. They also can contact the Ascension National Veterans Call Center at 1-844-623-3003 for more information.
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