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VA MidSouth Healthcare Network


Feature Article - Convenient and accessible health care

Veterans Health WatchJohn Dandridge Jr.

Dear Veteran: 

Cold winter weather did not chill the warmth of the medical centers and clinics in the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network (VISN 9).

One of the highlights this winter was a visit by Secretary Eric Shinseki to the Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the Veterans Center in Charleston, W.Va. The Secretary spent a considerable amount of time speaking with Veterans at both of these locations. Roundtable discussions were closed to the news media so the Secretary could talk privately with Veterans about their health and their health care experiences.

Secretary Shinseki is helping Veterans realize that today’s VA is indeed a national treasure. VISN 9 remains true to Abraham Lincoln’s promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle ...”

As winter turns to spring, we’re certain that you will notice positive improvements in programs and services at each of our medical sites. We understand that the practice of medicine is complex and we’re working to make your care experience as convenient as possible— visiting a VA facility should be the least of your worries.

VISN 9 health care providers and staff strive to make sure you’re getting all the health-related services you need and finding solutions to any physical or mental health issues. We’re always exploring ways to make your care easy to access and treatment plans simple to follow.

John Dandridge Jr.
Network Director




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This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, which should be obtained from your doctor.