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Published on May 09, 2016

St. Vincent's new partnership to offer extended coverage to veterans

By Alexa Epitropoulos, Jacksonville Business Journal

St. Vincent's HealthCare is partnering to offer area veterans care at its locations in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

St. Vincent's which has locations in Riverside, the Southside and Clay County, will provide veterans with care through the Veterans Choice Program.

The partnership will allow veterans to receive care outside of VAs, which are limited in the area and often have extended wait times. The closest VAs to Jacksonville are outpatient clinics in St. Augustine and St. Marys, Georgia.

"The Veterans Choice program fits perfectly with our Mission to provide personalized, compassionate care to those who are struggling the most,” Dr. Huson Gilberstadt, chief clinical officer, Jacksonville Ministry Market, said in a statement. “Our goal is to meet people where they are, at any stage of their life, and we are thrilled to be able to improve access for our local veterans.”

The Veterans Choice Program is part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which allocated funding for private healthcare organizations to provide care for veterans. Veterans are able to access the program through a Veterans Choice Card. The program is expected to run until August 7, 2017 or until the $10 billion in funding has been used.

St. Vincent's has about 50 sites of care across the region and is part of Ascension, a Catholic and nonprofit health care system.

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