News Release, VA Maryland Healthcare System
(Baltimore, MD) – The VA Maryland Health Care System, which includes the Baltimore, Loch Raven and Perry Point VA Medical Centers and five community based outpatient clinics located throughout state, is introducing its Moving Forward Plan to safely expand the availability of health care services to veterans in a phased approach as Maryland continues reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The priority remains maintaining a safe environment for all veterans and employees.
Effective June 22, 2020, the health care system will begin Phase 1 of the Moving Forward Plan by offering the following limited face-to-face services:
- Baltimore VA Medical Center: Dermatology, Imaging, Medical Specialty Care, Mental Health (Telehealth Focused), Pharmacy (Mail Only), Phlebotomy, Primary Care, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Care and Women’s Health
- Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic: Mental Health (Telehealth & Face-to-Face), Primary Care and Women’s Health
- Perry Point VA Medical Center: Imaging, Mental Health (Telehealth Focused) and Pharmacy (Mail Only)
“The safety of our veteran patients and staff is the highest priority when deciding how we provide health care services and procedures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “We will consider guidance from 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.”
The 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 patient 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 VA Maryland Health Care System facilities.
As we move forward, the VA Maryland Health Care System will continue to maximize personalized virtual care options like telehealth, video appointments, phone consults and wellness checks, as we know these services have been a valuable resource to our veteran patients during this challenging time. Veteran patients are reminded that the Emergency Department at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the Urgent Care Clinic at the Perry Point VA Medical Center continue to remain open and are a safe option for urgent health care needs.
For more information about the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Moving Forward Plan, please visit www.maryland.va.gov. As a reminder, veterans needing medical advice can contact the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Telephone Care Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-865-2441, and veterans in crisis can speak with a specially trained responder 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-273-8255, press 1.