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ECHCS Director Kilmer's Message to Veterans
Veterans - As we face the COVID-19 pandemic together, we understand it is a very concerning time for everyone. As your Director of VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, I'd like to share an important message with you about what we are doing to keep you safe. Stay safe - VA ECHCS Director Michael Kilmer.
VA Video Connect during a Pandemic
VA has a comprehensive plan in place to protect the health of everyone who receives care or works at one of our facilities. Using an abundance of caution, all VA medical facilities are implementing screening measures for signs of respiratory illness and exposure to COVID-19.
This protocol will be in place until further notice. Onsite, we will use standardized screening questions at strategic entry points. As many of you may have experienced, we have largely gone to virtual care. Please use MyHealtheVet for routine matters. Please do not visit any of our sites unless you have a scheduled appointment, your provider specifically asked you to do so, or if you need emergency care from the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.
We have also updated our visitor guidelines and encourage you to become familiar with them prior to visiting any of our sites of care. Visitors are largely unauthorized unless the visitor is considered a medically necessary caregiver as defined by ADA guidelines, end of life considerations and visitation for various inpatient units, please read the full guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. More information.
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care Systems' digital quarterly newsletterIn the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, the 8th edition of The Fourteener highlights the opening of our brand-new Fisher House and recognition of VA ECHCS as 'Most Improved in Patient Experience.' Since the beginning days of the pandemic, VA ECHCS team members have risen to the occasion of meeting a variety of challenges. Read the August 2020 issue.
The Fourteener - Archive Issues
Annual ReportFiscal Year 2019 Annual Report for VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
VA MISSION ACT: Get information here about the legislation and initiatives set forth to better take care of our Veterans.
Public Affairs Guidelines
The following guidelines can assist you in arranging interviews, video sessions, or photo opportunities with ECHCS newsmakers.
- Call the Public Affairs Office to arrange all interviews with any VA staff member. We will respond as quickly as we can. (Patients seeking medical advice should contact their health care provider or dial 911 for medical emergencies.)
- Advance notice of on-site interviews is necessary so staff can arrange locations for media interviews or photo shoots and line up appropriate sources for your story.
- All film crews and photographers must be accompanied while on campus. Our main priority is patient privacy and adherence to HIPPA regulations. We also want to make sure you get the information you are looking for and to coordinate shoot locations and ensure interviews go smoothly.
- If you are a student working on a research paper and looking to interview a veteran about his military experience, we encourage you to contact a Veterans Service Organization for assistance. You can find a comprehensive list at http://www1.va.gov/VSO/. Alternatively, contact the United Veterans committee of Colorado at www.UVCoc.org.