Battle Creek VA Medical Center
What to Expect as Battle Creek VA Moves Forward
The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is working on a plan to expand health care services as Michigan starts reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns. The facility will begin expanding some services June 15, 2020. “The safety of Veterans and staff is the highest priority when we consider how we provide health care services and procedures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Michelle Martin, Acting Medical Center Director said. “VA will take into account guidance from various agencies including federal, state and local government as we gradually expand health care services. As a high reliability organization, safety is always paramount and will continue to guide our decision making.”
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a risk-based framework to prioritize non-urgent procedures, in addition to the urgent procedures currently being performed. Evaluation of factors such as patient health, staff safety and resource considerations will guide expansions and scheduling decisions. Rigorous safety measures including employee and Veteran COVID-19 screening, physical distancing and appropriate personal protective attire such as face coverings and frequent disinfection of high-touch services will remain in place at all VHA facilities.
Battle Creek VA Medical Center will continue to maximize personalized virtual care options like telehealth, phone consults and wellness checks, as we know these services have been a valuable link to our Veterans during this challenging time.