Let me begin by saying “Thank You.” As Melinda shared in the last edition of The Spirit, Fiscal Year 2018 has been a success for VCU Health on a number of counts, which was made possible by your hard work and dedication. There have been several events in just the last month that highlight the momentum we have built:
- VCU received a $21.5 million National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. This is an excellent example of how VCU and VCU Health are working together to put cutting-edge research and innovation into the hands of clinicians today, and into the classroom for the clinicians of tomorrow.
- Virginia Premier officially filed to offer insurance plans on the ACA Exchange next year in partnership with Bon Secours. Working with Virginia Premier to offer insurance products on the ACA exchange and a care network with Bon Secours opens the door for thousands of Virginians to get high-quality coverage and care that otherwise may seem unattainable. At the same time, it raises the bar for Virginia Premier as top performing insurer.
- We broke ground in Goochland County on a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital that we are opening in a joint venture with Sheltering Arms. This collaboration pools the strengths of our two organizations. Now patients will have a unique and dedicated space that is fully equipped to meet the growing and complex needs of rehabilitation, and the combined expertise of two of the best rehabilitation care teams in the Commonwealth.
All three of these events represent projects that build on the early work of Vision by Design and push our momentum forward as we sharpen our strategic focus.
As Vision by Design moves us onward, I hope you are excited about our progress and the future of VCU Health. Later this month we will break ground on our new $349.2 million outpatient facility on the site of the old VTCC building. This new state-of-the-art facility will change the ways in which we deliver outpatient care. We are intentionally designing this facility with the patient experience in mind, and with the knowledge that both patients and staff benefit most when we start with a focus on beautiful, functional space that ignites true multidisciplinary collaboration.
Fiscal Year 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year. I look forward to seeing where Vision by Design takes us, as we will continue strengthening the mission of VCU Health and designing healthier futures for the people we serve. Thank you for your relentless commitment to our mission.
VCU Health System is an urban, comprehensive academic medical center in central Virginia established to preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cause and cure of disease through innovative research, and to educate those who serve humanity.
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award after a recent survey. VCU Health CMH has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization and by the American Heart Association since 2016.
This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
“We’re proud to achieve these distinctions because it sends a key message to people throughout the region; all stroke care is not equal,” stated Vickey Morgan, Stroke Program Coordinator at VCU Health CMH. “The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association only recognize hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients.”
“These prestigious designations signal to South Hill and surrounding communities that we have the physicians, nurses and clinical protocols in place to respond quickly and intervene when stroke occurs,” said David Brown, MD, Director of Emergency Services at VCU Health CMH. “We applaud the excellent teamwork and coordination required within the hospital to achieve such a designation.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Through Vision by Design, we develop services and patient experiences that meet the needs of our communities. Our valued team members help us every step of the way.
Under Vision by Design, we create the best experience by listening and learning from what others tell us.
Vision by Design calls on us to inspire our students and residents, just as they inspire us. Mission. Accomplished.
While you’re packing your bags, be sure to bring contact information for VCUHS’s travel assistance program through Unum/Assist America. This free resource is available to team members and their families when traveling at least 100 miles from home. This program can help with:
- Replacing lost documents, like prescriptions or passports
- Getting connected with English-speaking medical providers
- Finding referrals for legal professionals and interpreters
- Coordinating emergency medical evacuations
Unum/Assist America’s contact information:
- 800-872-1414 (domestic), 609-986-1234 (international)
- Reference number 01-AA-UN-762490
A primary tenet of Vision by Design is our responsibility to care for each other and nurture our talent, energy and commitment.
VCU Health, Virginia Premier and Bon Secours recently jointly announced their partnership to offer individual and family health care coverage on the Virginia Exchange. If approved by the Bureau of Insurance and CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), central Virginians in nine counties and cities will be able to enroll this fall with coverage beginning in 2019.
This new partnership aligns with VCU Health’s strategic framework, Vision by Design pathways and strategic imperatives, including:
- Grow our sphere of impact
- Expand access of health services by leveraging insurance and care delivery capabilities
“Care for the Commonwealth is fundamental to our mission across the VCU Health System enterprise, including our Virginia Premier health plan,” noted Deborah Davis, CEO of VCU Health Hospitals and Clinics.
Linda Hines, CEO of Virginia Premier, added, “Virginia Premier is excited about entering this market, as it fits well with our mission of providing affordable, yet high quality, health care for Virginians.”
Virginia Premier has been growing significantly in recent years, now covering about 220,000 people throughout Virginia. Our managed care organization has been awarded a contract to provide Medicaid coverage through Medallion 4.0, with enrollment beginning this summer, and we continue rolling out our Medicare products as well.
“You should be seeing commercials airing for Virginia Premier’s Medicare Advantage product,” shared Hines, “Slowly but surely, we are on our way to being able to provide affordable health care to those in need, during all phases of life. We believe everyone should be able to access good health care within their financial means.”
Our mission and our vision are directly supported by our unwavering commitment to achieving the highest standards of safety, quality and service.