VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
VA Ann Arbor to Accept Non-Veteran Transfers
In a historic move, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System began accepting non-Veteran patient transfers from overburdened area hospitals last Sunday, April 5th, a first in its 67-year history.
Joined by John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, the two health care systems activated their response to VA’s “Fourth Mission,” which is to improve the Nation’s preparedness for response to national emergencies and to support local critical needs to non-Veterans in times of crisis.
“We’re well-positioned to deliver humanitarian assistance to our community by receiving non-Veteran patients from area hospitals,” said Ann Arbor Medical Center Director, Dr. Ginny Creasman. “Our colleagues at other health care systems are in desperate need of relief and we’re able to help, while still preserving a vast majority of our inpatient beds for our Veterans.”
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has been in COVID-19 preparations for months, reallocating resources and personnel and converting inpatient and intensive care units to accept patients who have contracted the disease. We continue to closely track the occurrence of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping our communities, our Veterans, and our staff members safe, healthy, and informed.
To learn more about VA’s Fourth Mission, visit: https://www.va.gov/about_va/