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Riverside Health System signs agreement with VA

Riverside Health System has joined forces with the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center through signing of a provider agreement with the Veterans Choice Program, which VA spokesperson Sheila Bailey said will ensure that military veterans receive access to timely and high quality care within the region.

The agreement is important, a release said, because Hampton Roads boasts one of the fastest growing veteran populations in the nation. Hampton VA Medical Center has seen veteran growth of 21.5 percent over the past five years, which is more than three times higher than the national average.

The Veterans Choice Program allows veterans to use community providers when VA services are unavailable in a timely manner or are more than 40 miles from the veteran’s home, Bailey said.

“It is not only our duty to care for our veterans in need of health care,” said W. William Austin Jr., senior vice president/chief financial officer of Riverside Health System, “it...

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