It has been noted as one of the top one hundred companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center has a 120 bed Community Living Center; which serves as a long- term placement facility for terminally ill or aging veterans that require around the clock nursing care. This facility also offers a sixty bed Residential Rehab Program referred to as the Domiciliary and serves those veterans needing rehab from drug and alcohol abuse. The Domiciliary helps these veterans get back on their feet after treatment and helps them with living arrangements and job placement to give them a fresh start. The hospital building includes 134 inpatient acute care beds and provides services to veterans such as acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, large multispecialty outpatient clinics including Dentistry, as well as administrative and support services, such as beneficiary travel and benefits enrollment services (Orlando VA Medical Center website, n.d.). The Orlando VA Medical Center has an administrative team that includes the Medical Center Director who is responsible for the overall daily operations of the whole campus, Associate Director who is the
CONSULTATIVE CHANGE RECOMMENDATION 4 main assistant to the Director, Assistant Director, who also provides assistance to the Director, Chief of Staff who serves as the overall Administrator to the physicians, and Associate Director for Patient Services, who oversees the care provided to patients every day. Working under the direction of these administrators, is a Chief for every area, such as Medicine Inpatient Units, Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, Surgery, and Outpatient Clinics. Finally, working under the direction of these Chiefs, are the Department Managers and Nurse Managers at the unit level (Orlando VA Medical Center website, n.d.). Primary Needs of Organization’s Population Many of the veterans that seek medical care at the Orlando VA Medical Center have a long list of chronic conditions, such as Dementia, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Obesity as well as mental health disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some come in with infections that require hospitalization for antibiotics and nursing care. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of patients being diagnosed with Cancer, requiring them to receive treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation. Mental Health Disorders and patients in crisis commonly lead to admissions to the inpatient Mental Health Unit for medical management and safety. Often, veterans are brought to the hospital in search of long-term placement, as their families can’t care for them at home anymore. For some of these veterans, admission to the Community Living Center where around the clock nursing care is provided will be necessary. The number of veterans coming to the hospital to detox from drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Usually in these cases, there is an undetermined need for management of underlying Depression, Anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is common for soldiers returning from their tours to suffer without seeking medical or mental health treatment, because they don’t want to admit they need help.
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