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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Intermediate Surgeries to Resume at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center
December 1, 2016The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is pleased to announce that intermediate surgeries will resume immediately at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee.
Intermediate surgeries were temporarily suspended at the hospital in December 2015 in order to assess our processes and assure Veterans are receiving the highest quality care.
Since that time, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System has worked with the National Surgery Office and VISN 19 review teams to implement recommendations.
This included creating a Preoperative Surgical Review and Second Level Review committee, establishing a robust and active Surgical Workgroup and improving communication between Surgery, Medicine and Nursing staff. Policies have also been updated on Emergency Operating Room procedures and ‘mock’ Code Blues are being conducted quarterly.
“I want to applaud our entire Surgery team for the work they have done to address the recommendations of the review teams,” said Mark E. Morgan, Medical Center Director. “With improved quality oversight programs in place, we will be able to resume intermediate level procedures in-house for our Veterans, which will improve Veteran access to surgical care. I also want to thank our community healthcare partners for bridging our gap in providing care and services to our Veterans during this time.”