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Possible Data Breach Prompts Veteran Notification
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center has contacted approximately 3,200 Veterans by mail, indicating there may have been a compromise in their personally identifiable information as a result of a missing laptop that interfaces with a laboratory analyzer owned by a VA vendor. The direct mailing to Veterans is informing them of MGVAMC’s precautionary measure to allow potentially-impacted Veterans an opportunity to have free credit monitoring to protect them from any fraudulent attempts of identity theft. For more information, please see this Press Release announcing further information for Veterans and how MGVAMC leadership is taking corrective action.
Veterans Town Hall meeting – September 28th in Wenatchee, WA!
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, along with our dedicated VA employees serving at the VA’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Wenatchee, WA invite Veterans from the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington to a Veterans Town Hall meeting at the American Legion Post #10 in downtown Wenatchee from 1:00-2:30p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 Flyer. This meeting is an open opportunity for Veterans, families, and stakeholders to address clinic and medical center leadership. We are thankful that American Legion Post #10 is allowing VA to host our meeting.
Wildfire Smoke forces cancellation and postponement of annual event!
Precautionary concerns for negative health impacts due to hazardous air quality in the region has prompted AIVAC and VA officials to cancel the Sept. 9th honoring event – and the new date for the 8th Annual American Indian Veterans Advisory Council’s Memorial & Honoring Ceremony is now October 14, 2017 at the VA medical center in Spokane. The event, held outdoors, behind the main hospital building in the shaded picnic area, is an annual tribute showcasing Native American customs, regalia, and traditions – coupled with military honors during this cultural and military event honoring Veterans and their families. The ceremony will include a Grand Entry, prayer, warrior drums, and recognition of all military men and women and the branches they served. Click here to download the poster announcing the event – which is free and open to all military Veterans and their families.
Service dogs welcome at Mann-Grandstaff VAMC facilities
For the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and legitimate service animals, PLEASE leave all other animals at home when visiting any Mann-Grandstaff VAMC facility. In accordance with VHA Directive 1188, dated August 26, 2015, MGVAMC permits service animals to accompany individuals with a disability to all areas of MGVAMC property, grounds, and/or vehicles, with a few exceptions, while maintaining a safe environment for Veterans, staff, visitors, and the service animal. Non-service animals are not permitted to access MGVAMC property. The term “service animal” is a dog that is specially trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability who cannot perform the work or task dependent of the dog, e.g., guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. The work or tasks performed by the service dog must be directly related to the individuals’ disability and the service provided by the dog must compensate or offset the disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. It is important to know that ALL other species of animals, therapy animals, companion animals, emotional support animals, pets, and service dogs in training are not considered service animals. All animals, including service animals, are restricted from, but not limited to, a number of places including dental exam rooms, operating rooms / surgical suites, intensive care units, dialysis & chemotherapy areas, and a few others. Please coordinate in advance of your visit for someone to watch your service dog in case you need to be separated; VA staff are NOT ALLOWED to care for your dog. If you have any questions about this, contact your provider before your appointment. All the details are available here in this flyer. Thank you for your support in keeping everyone and all service animals safe while visiting at MGVAMC.
2017 Veterans Stand Downs
Mann-Grandstaff VAMC and its dedicated group of employees are proud to serve alongside VA community partners who help organize and host annual Veterans Stand Down events. The first in our region is taking place Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho starting with opening ceremonies at 8:00a.m. For a complete list of Stand Downs supported by Spokane’s VA, please click here.
VA Choice Program
Many Veterans now have the option to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. On November 5, 2014, the new Choice Program began to cover non-VA care for eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans are eligible if any of these situations apply to you: Learn more. New video posted on YouTube for the Choice Program. Non-VA Care has a new phone number: 509-484-7969