Hospitals generally function with precision and efficient execution A VA

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Hospitals generally function with precision and efficient execution. A VA hospital functions much the same way, with a director, overseeing the facility. The Director provides leadership for facility and oversees the entire facility. Director sets the strategic vision and provides the resources to ensure the efficient and safe delivery of Veteran-centered care. Under the Director falls the Chief of Staff. The Office of the Chief of Staff provides clinical direction and administrative oversight of the ambulatory care, acute care, long term care and community- based services. As well, the Chief of Staff provides guidance and direction with planning, resource allocation, program analysis, and evaluation of healthcare services. Under the chief of staff, is the Associate Director of Patient Care Services (ADPCS). Several lateral positions fall under the ADPCS including a Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care, a Chief Nurse for Surgery, Special Procedures, and ER, a Chief Nurse for Education and Learning Resources, an Associate
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INNOVATIONS 5 Chief of Nursing Services (ACNS) for In-Patient Services and Mental Health Services. Under those Chiefs exist mid-level management and so forth. For example, the ACNS is over the nursing supervisors (NSOs), the nurse managers for the different units including the Intensive Care (ICU) and Dialysis. Primary Needs of Organization’s Populations The VAMC was constructed as a facility to provide health services to veterans, persons who served or is serving in the military forces and under certain instances, family members of veterans. As previously stated, the facility services 24 counties, spanning into three states. The Huntington VA facility provides services to adults, ranging from their early twenties to 94, the oldest living veteran within the region. Due to the small proportion of race and ethnicities in Huntington, many of the veterans seen at the Huntington VA are Caucasian men, but services are provided to all veterans regardless of sex, race, and/or ethnicity. Huntington’s population is more than 86% white or Caucasian, 1% Hispanic, 7.9% Black or African-American, 0.9% Asian, 3.7% Mixed, and 0.3% other [Rac15] . The hospital provides a range of care services in surgery including bariatric surgery, medicine, mental health, and rehabilitation services. As well, primary care is available. Primary care services are intended to provide long-term, patient-provider relationships, education, coordinate care across a broad-spectrum of health services, and offer disease prevention programs by promoting team based, patient-centered care. The care provided is personalized, integrated, comprehensive, and coordinated to best suit each veteran’s unique needs. As many common disorders and diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, and/or hyperlipidemia are common to the patient population, so are other veteran specific illnesses. Veterans are at a greater risk for homelessness, suicide, mental health issues including PTSD, chemical exposure like Agent Orange, musculoskeletal injuries,
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