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Commissioners Join VA and Congressman to Officially Cut Ribbon On New Telehealth Clinic

June 29, 2018

Commissioner Martin speaks at the VA Telehealth Clinic Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThe Bucks County Commissioners joined with Daniel Hendee, Director of the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia to officially open the new Bucks County VA Telehealth Clinic at the Lower Bucks County Government Services Center earlier today. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Bucks County Military and Veterans Affairs Director Daniel Fraley were on also hand to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Telehealth clinic, which is a partnership between the county and the US Department of Veterans Affairs is now operational on Wednesdays and Fridays.

“Think about the military today, the technology, and how different it is today, the wars and how they are fought. And yet here we are today being able to use that same technology to benefit the men and women who served our country,” noted Commissioner Robert Loughery. He went on, “I argue that you will probably find no other county, certainly in the commonwealth, maybe in the country, that’s as committed to working with their veterans as Bucks County.”

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the VA Telehealth Clinic in LevittownThe new Telehealth Clinic aids veterans by allowing them to stay close to home for routine office visits. Instead of traveling to meet their primary care provider face-to-face, veterans can now receive health care consultations closer to home, using a video connection that is similar to SKYPE and Facetime.  This clinic will be strictly Telehealth, with patients presenting to the clinic and having a video appointment with their provider. A technician is stationed at the site to facilitate the connection with Primary Care and potential follow up Clinical Video Telehealth visits with VA providers, who are stationed at the Medical Center, or one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

“This Telehealth Clinic is an innovative concept that allows us to handle many routine visits without the Veteran needing to travel to Philadelphia or another outpatient clinic,” stated Hendee. “Telemedicine is the next step in care, allowing a virtual visit, using technology similar to SKYPE, with the patient and the provider in two different locations.  The future is now, and it is right here in Levittown.”

When the Levittown clinic began on June 1st there was a list of Veterans with upcoming appointments. This new initiative now serves veterans in Bucks County who would formally need to travel to the main VAMC, located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia or to one of the smaller outpatient clinics in Horsham for their primary care appointments.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick being introduced to speak at the Ribbon Cutting“I want to compliment the VA for working with Bucks County so well over the years,” said Commissioner Charles Martin. “I know nationally the VA gets a bad rap, but here locally, Dan (Fraley) has had a wonderful relationship with the local VA office, and we appreciate all the things that they have done to be helpful with our veterans.”

The VA Telehealth Clinic is located at 7321 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA 19055. Appointments are required and can be made by calling215-823-5800, extension 7415 or 267-372-1899.