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VA Pittsburgh Serving Veterans

Editor, News-Register:

I am proud to report VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is the provider of choice for more than 63,000 veterans in our region, which includes southwestern Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Our top providers and staff work hard to maintain veterans’ trust, using advanced technology to deliver the best care, often with shorter wait times than veterans see in the private sector.

To best meet veterans’ health care needs, we provide a wide array of health care services and specialties at our two medical centers and five outpatient clinics. In fiscal year 2020, we served 72,647 unique Veterans, with 11,830 admissions and 675,675 outpatient visits. As one of the first health care entities in the region to adopt telehealth — long before the private sector followed suit in earnest in response to the pandemic — we saw a 42% increase from 2019 in the number of telehealth visits provided.

Behind the scenes, many of our doctors, nurses and support staff train to respond to natural and community disasters through VA’s Voluntary Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System. That training proved invaluable during the pandemic, with 51 employees deploying in the past year to hotspots across the country to assist communities grappling with the pandemic.

Closer to home, we continue to provide veterans access to the COVID-19 vaccine quickly and efficiently, including through five mass walk-in and 10 appointment-only off-site clinics. As of March 18, we had given more than 33,000 doses to veterans who receive health care with us. Of those, more than 14,500 are already fully inoculated. More than 3,200 employees are fully vaccinated.

On March 19, we celebrated the administration of our 40,000th dose!

All 4,000-plus VA Pittsburgh employees are proud to serve our region’s veterans. Veterans have earned the very best our nation can provide, and we at VA Pittsburgh are honored to provide them with the care they deserve.

Donald E. Koenig

Director

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

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