Hickory CBOC Realignment - Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Hickory CBOC Realignment

March 2, 2015

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ASHEVILLE, N.C.—VA’s Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network is realigning responsibility for operational oversight of the Hickory Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) from the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center (VAMC), located in Salisbury, N.C. to the Charles George VAMC in Asheville, N.C. This realignment, along with the projected openings of VA Health Care Centers in Charlotte and Kernersville, will allow VA to be in the best position to serve the growing need for VA health care throughout Western North Carolina.In 2014, the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC served more than 92,000 Veterans in their 24-county Primary Service Area. During the same period, the Charles George VAMC served about 38,000 Veterans residing in their 20-county Primary Service Area. Realigning the Hickory CBOC, from Salisbury to Asheville, helps balance the management and administrative oversight responsibilities between the two level 1-C Medical Centers. “As health care providers, our number one priority is the health and well-being of the Veterans we serve,” said Cynthia Breyfogle, Charles George VAMC’s medical center director. “Our goal is to make the transition of administrative duties between the two medical centers seamless and transparent to our patients.” Under the new alignment, the Charles George VAMC will monitor healthcare to Veterans in the Rutherfordton, Franklin and Hickory CBOCs, while the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC will continue to deliver services to Veterans at the Charlotte and Winston-Salem CBOCs, and the soon to open Health Care Centers in Charlotte and Kernersville.This realignment will not change the relationship between Veterans and their current providers at the clinic.  Additionally, as they do now, Veterans will continue to have access to both medical centers as needed for consults and specialty care. The Hickory CBOC opened in June 2011 in its second and current location at 2440 Century Place, S.E.  The clinic provides primary care, along with mental health, audiology and optometry services to Veterans from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, and Lincoln counties.VA’s Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network provides health care to more than 350,000 Veterans through its eight medical centers and 33 outpatient clinics located throughout North Carolina, Virginia and portions of West Virginia. XXX