VA And DoD Integrated Health Care One Step Closer

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have been working on a fully collaborative effort in designing a first ever, fully-integrated health care network.

Right now, the focus is on a fully integrated health care center. The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center couples resources from the North Chicago VA Medical Center and the Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes. Both military family members, retirees, and veterans will be able to receive health care alongside active duty soldiers and Naval recruits going through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Station.

This health center is unique in that DoD and VA medical facilities have always separated their chains of command and their funding sources. The new Lovell Center, however, will operate with a single chain of command. According to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act mandates, it will also have a single funding source.

The Lovell Center is going to stand as a lighthouse for collaborative efforts between the VA and the DoD. It will be the type of model for others to emulate and will provide state-of-the-art health care to those deserving the best possible care the military can offer, according to VA Sec. Eric Shinseki.

This new facility is very much a one-stop shopping  health care clinic, except the building is spread over several different buildings and is split into two separate campuses. In the end, joined resources and couple capabilities save taxpayer money and allow for more convenient and capable services.

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