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Augusta VA hires 10 more mental health professionals

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:45 PM
Last updated Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:33 AM
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The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta has hired 10 new mental health professionals toward the Department of Veterans Affairs goal to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and military families.

The goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals was outlined in a 2012 Executive Order from President Obama.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work my staff has done to bring these new mental health professionals on board within a very short period of time. They will be a welcome addition to our team,” Robert Hamilton, director of the The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, said in a statement. “We will always make filling any mental health vacancies a priority so our Veterans will get the care they need. We encourage all Veterans to sign up and take advantage of the health benefits they have earned by serving our nation.”

As of May 31, 2013, the VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal outlined in the Executive Order. Additionally, VA has hired 2,005 mental health clinical providers to fill existing vacancies.

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fedex227 06/12/13 - 11:17 pm
It's about time ...

the number combat veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is forcing mental health professionals to realize that the effects of combat trauma extends far beyond the traditional and narrow clinical diagnoses of PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

THIS is the legacy of Mr. Bush and Mr Cheney. Well done sirs.

dstewartsr 06/13/13 - 08:06 am
That is less than one-tenth

the number of workers The Obamessiah (Peace be onto Him) hired to find new people to put on His welfare plantation.

Under this administration, nothing is too good for our soldiers (pay cuts, proposals they be forced to pay for their own medical care if wounded, forced reductions, Islamization), and that is precisely what they're getting; nothing.

Fiat_Lux 06/13/13 - 11:07 am
However, something they aren't telling you...

is that almost every psychiatrist who has worked for the Norwood VA over the last decade or two has quit and gone elsewhere because the conditions are so awful and miserable for people who work there. They increase the workload to untenable levels and then load micromanagement and intense scrutiny on top, just for good measure.

Either the plan all along was to move those shrinks out and replace them with Obummerbots or other drones, or these new hires soon will be taking the same actions as all those valuable employees have done over the past couple of years.

There's a lot more to any Obummer-related/induced change that ever gets put out there for public consumption.

And another heads-up for the interested and alert out there: ObummerCare is mandating that medical records be converted to electronic data--as many people already know, but not because it is such a great help to healthcare professionals, as you might have thought. It is how they will keep track of you and your family, just in case you aren't paying your fair share to support the shiftless and dependent reproductive class.

Another little side bennie is that mandate is that it will allow the death panels to decide when you have maxed out your rationed access to the government run medical complex and can be consigned to your dirt nap.

galangal 06/27/13 - 03:44 pm
And what @Fiat_Lux isn't telling you

To state that "almost every psychiatrist who has worked for the Norwood VA over the last decade or two has quit and gone elsewhere because the conditions are so awful and miserable for people who work there" would be quite the distortion. True the department has lost many psychiatrists to retirement (30+ years service) or relocation due to personal reasons. You yourself, Fiat_Lux, didn't want to retire or leave the Norwood VA, you only did so after your request to work part-time was denied. Seems you may have gotten so wrapped up in your own personal anger that you forgot that this article is about providing care for the Veterans and not about you.

Fortunately for current and future Veterans, the department is once again staffed and able to provide quality care to Veterans. Fortunately as well, those with a personal agenda have moved on and the Norwood VA can focus on quality care for Veterans.

mwnewton 11/22/13 - 01:14 am
The whole truth...

The whole truth isn't being told by the VA. I was turned down from a surgical operation based on a factor that had been in my medical records for over 10 years (2 legal boxes full). I got copies of all of my medical records and found that health care people were copying and pasting information from other providers. In other words, they were not doing their own work in assessment. So much misinformation was found in my records that I was stunned. Now, it is up to me to get these errors corrected. Much to ask for a disabled vet.

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