Hospice Veterans Partnership Program

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Celtic Healthcare is proud to be part of the Veteran-Community Partnerships Program in “serving those who served for us.”

The Veteran-Community Partnership (VCP) initiative’s goal is to foster seamless access to, and transitions among, the full continuum of non-institutional extended care and support services in VA and the community. Veterans deserve ready access and choice of the widest range of services available. Most Veterans are not enrolled in VA, and exclusively access community resources for their health and support care needs. Additionally, Veterans who do receive VA health services also access non-VA services. Therefore, it is imperative that VA and community agencies establish and nurture these partnerships. VCP provides a mechanism to integrate knowledge and action for the combined mutual benefit of all those involved, and for those for whom they care.

Why VCP?

  • Veterans are accessing community resources and services for their health care needs
  • Veterans have unique needs related to their military service
  • VA has identified the need to support caregivers as a vital component to support Veterans
  • VCP is consistent with Secretary Shinseki’s agenda to: improve the quality and accessibility of health care, benefits, and memorial services while optimizing value; and increase Veteran client satisfaction with health, education, training, counseling, financial, and burial benefits and services.

What is VCP?

Partnership between VA and state/regional/local organizations in an effort to:

  • Enhance and improve the quality of care for Veterans
  • Identify programs and services to support family caregivers
  • Promote seamless transitions within the continuum of care
  • Increase awareness in the community re: the unique needs of Veterans, VA benefits and programs
  • Educate VA on programs and services in the community
  • Strengthen VA and community relationships

What activities can a VCP do?

  • Conduct assessments to determine the unique needs of Veterans within communities
  • Exchange information between VA and community agencies in an effort to keep both informed of local and VA resources, strengths, and potential growth areas
  • Educate community agencies about specific Veteran-related issues and benefits
  • Provide community outreach educational programs for Veterans’ groups/community agencies to provide information on the VA continuum of care, available resources, and options
  • Hold educational events for both community and VA stakeholders to provide information on the continuum of care options and VA healthcare system
  • Create educational tools and resources that partners can access for the most current and complete information on resources for Veterans, in VA and in the community

For more information about Celtic’s participation with VCP, please contact Celtic at 800.355.8894 or via email at info@celtichealthcare.com.

You can also contact the Pittsburgh VA VCP Palliative Care Coordinator, Deborah Goral directly at 412.360-1984 or via email at deborah.goral@va.gov.

You can also learn more at this website.