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Tomah VA Medical Center

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VA is available for virtual video/telephone care and limited in-person appointments. Contact your clinic with any questions. You must wear a mask while in the facility More Details

Coronavirus

For VA-specific information: Read our coronavirus FAQs and public health response, or use our coronavirus chatbot.

Prepare for a visit: Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory: we encourage you to bring your own, or you can use one we provide. Please contact us first before going to any of our locations. For some needs, you may be able to get care at home by phone or video.

For the latest coronavirus information: Visit the CDC website.

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Grant A Wish!


 
 

 

Thursday afternoon, the Tomah VA Veterans enjoyed one of their favorite games, BINGO, but using different equipment. Staff organized a BINGO using VA’s TV channel-Vets TV and Veterans were able to view it from the safety of their room or dayrooms while practicing social distancing. Recreation Therapy, Social Service Assistants and Nursing staff all helped the Veterans successfully engage in this new version. Veterans were appreciative of the opportunity and received a variety of prizes donated by Volunteer groups.


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On 406B, Recreation Therapy Staff put together a fun activity called: Grant a Wish!
Brittany and Mary went around to their Veterans and let them know about the one thing that is hard to purchase during the COVID-19 Pandemic is Toilet Paper! The Veterans all laughed and couldn’t believe it. They then asked each Veteran, “Since Toilet paper is a hot commodity these days, If you had a roll of toilet paper, what would you trade it for?” You can see their responses in the photos

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call us at 1-888-598-7793
before visiting us.  For other concerns, you may be able to access VA care from home by phone or using VA virtual care options.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 17, 2020

Tomah VA Medical Center programs awarded three-year CARF accreditationTomah, WI – The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center was recognized for the outstanding service provided to our Veterans.  On April 15, 2020, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International announced a full three-year accreditation status for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health Intensive Case Management and Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs. The notification extends Tomah VA’s accreditation status through March 31, 2023.

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

The three-year accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. To receive a three-year accreditation, an organization must put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrate to a team of on-site surveyors that its programs and services are of the highest quality, have measurable outcomes and show accountability.

This accreditation achievement is evidence of the Tomah VA’s commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our nation’s Veterans while upholding its mission to provide “Quality, Compassionate Care, Every Veteran, Every Day.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 2, 2020

Wisconsin Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic Move Complete

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – The Tomah VA Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Rapids Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) has relocated to a larger location.  As of May 26, 2020, phased reopening of primary care services is being provided at the new CBOC located at 700 Hale Street in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54495.

“The new CBOC location is part of the continuing effort to provide world-class health care to our Veterans,” said, Karen Long, Tomah VA Acting Medical Center Director. “Due to COVID-19, we will continue a phased expansion of services at the Wisconsin Rapids location with the safety of both Veterans and staff at the forefront. We are excited to begin seeing Veterans in the beautiful new space, and we are committed to creating a healing environment with the services that our Veterans have earned and deserve, in a location close to home.”

Through phased opening of services, the new clinic location will offer a wide range of services including: Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Complimentary Integrated Health (CIH) services, Women’s Health services, Clinical Nutrition, Optometry, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Laboratory services, and Telehealth services.  Urgent prescription needs can be addressed through the clinic’s new InstyMed delivery system.

“Tomah VA Medical Center and our outpatient clinics are committed to VHA’s mission to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves health and well-being,” said Long. “This state-of-the-art facility will help us to achieve this mission.”###

                                                
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2020

Tomah VA Medical Center selected as a lead facility to reintroduce VA health care services

while ensuring safe environment

Tomah, WI — Tomah VA Medical Center is working on a plan to reintroduce health care services as Wisconsin starts reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns.

The Tomah campus Red and Blue Team Clinics and Wisconsin Rapids Outpatient Clinic will begin expanding face to face access to primary care services to include referral services such as imaging and laboratory services on May 26, 2020. The medical center and clinics’ “No Visitor” policy remains in effect.  

Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) selects facilities as Lead Sites to be the first to implement a phased approach to reintroducing health care services while ensuring a safe environment. Tomah is selected as a lead site for the Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN 12) which includes eight medical centers in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“The safety of Veterans and staff is our highest priority,” Karen Long, Acting Medical Center Director said. “VA and the Tomah VA Medical Center will take into account guidance from various agencies including federal, state and local government as we gradually reintroduce health care services. As a high reliability organization, safety is always paramount and will continue to guide our decision making.  We will be closely monitoring as we move forward to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our Veterans and staff.”

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a risk-based framework to prioritize non-urgent procedures, in addition to the urgent procedures currently being performed.  Evaluation of factors such as patient health, staff safety and resource considerations will guide expansions and scheduling decisions. Rigorous safety measures including employee and Veteran COVID-19 screening, physical distancing and appropriate personal protective attire such as face coverings and frequent disinfection of high-touch services will remain in place at all VHA facilities.

Tomah VA Medical Center and its outpatient clinics will continue to maximize personalized virtual care options like telehealth, phone consults and wellness checks, as we know these services have been a valuable link to our Veterans during this challenging time. As additional facilities reintroduce services across the country, Tomah VA will share best practices learned with all facilities across the country.

Veterans should contact the medical center or their provider for information about the expansion of services. For more information,                          call 1-800-872-8662 Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.  ###



Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          Contact: (608)372-1191

Safe Mental Health Care During the COVID-19 Outbreak

VA Encourages Veterans to Access VA Mental Health Support from Home

Tomah, WI (April 28, 2020)– May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Now, more than ever, the Tomah VA Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality mental health care while keeping Veterans safe from exposure to the coronavirus.

To help reduce the risk of infection at the facility, the medical center asks that Veterans use VA’s online resources for routine or non-urgent mental health care and questions. This will help protect Veterans from contracting COVID-19 while enabling providers at Tomah and our community outpatient clinics to focus on care for Veterans with the most acute needs.

“We take the health and safety of our Veterans and staff very seriously. Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, we are following current physical distancing guidelines,” said Dr. Gregg Meekins, Chief of Staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center. “Through VA’s virtual care tools, we are able to leverage available technology to make sure that our patients and staff are as safe as possible during this time.”

VA offers Veterans a variety of at-home resources, including the following: Telephone or Video Appointments – Veterans should maintain their existing mental health appointments — and may receive care at home — using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. To set up telephone or video appointments, Veterans can send their health care provider a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting myhealth.va.gov. Veterans can learn more about VA Video Connect at mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect.

Prescription Refills and Safety – Veterans should continue taking all medications as prescribed and talk to their mental health provider if they have any concerns. Veterans may request prescription refills and order shipments of medications to their homes using My HealtheVet or the Rx Refill mobile app, which can be downloaded at mobile.va.gov/app/rx-refill. VA’s Safe Home Environment handout provides information on safely storing medications in the home. Mental Health Information and Resources – VA provides information on ways for Veterans and their families to maintain and enhance their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information about managing stress and anxiety, as well as mental health resources, are available at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus/resources.

Text Message Reminders – Veterans can use Annie’s Coronavirus Precautions protocol to send automated text messages with information about COVID-19. This application helps Veterans monitor their symptoms and can assist those who need to contact their VA facility for care. Veterans may enroll in the app at mobile.va.gov/annie.

Mental Health Month This May, VA is observing Mental Health Month by emphasizing that “Now Is the Time.” Even during the coronavirus outbreak, Veterans can still prioritize their mental health. Veterans and their families can visit www.MakeTheConnection.net/MHM to learn more about mental health resources and hear stories of recovery from other Veterans.

We are continuing to offer Mental Health services at the Tomah VA Medical Center that span the continuum of care and provide evidence-based, recovery-oriented programming. From our acute mental health unit, to the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP), to outpatient mental health services, our providers are working diligently to ensure continued access to quality care.

The RRTP is providing care through their new Virtual Day Program available seven days a week. In this way, Veterans are still able to participate in intensive recovery programming while limiting potential exposure. Veterans interested in learning more are encouraged to contact the RRTP Admissions Coordinator at 608-372-3971 ext. 61758.

Mental Health services at the Tomah facility and surrounding clinics continue to be offered as they were before, but through the virtual modalities described above. This includes individual therapy, group therapy, as well as medication management. Specialty outpatient programming for addiction services continues to be offered including available evening hours. The Tomah Mental Health Outpatient clinic is also offering a virtual Covid-19 support group on Tuesdays and Thursdays in order to provide an opportunity for Veterans to come together to learn more about resources, receive support, community, and engagement. Interested Veterans are invited to call 608-372-1761 to learn more.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services continue to be offered via virtual modalities. Veterans looking to learn more about vocational work restoration services can call 608-372-1687.

Whether you are new to Mental Health services, wishing to re-engage, or continue your care, “Now Is the Time” to call and get connected to services today!

For more information on ways for Veterans to maintain and enhance their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus

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Contact: (608)372-1191

VA Medical Center Announces Campus, Clinic Access Updates
TOMAH, Wis. (March 31, 2020) – For the safety of Veterans and staff, the Tomah VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) continue to make adjustments to medical center and clinic operations to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

Outpatient clinics and Urgent Care remain open. VA is encouraging phone or video visits instead of in-person visits for most routine appointments. You can reduce the spread of illness by using MyHealtheVet for secure messaging and VA Telehealth for remote video visits from your home.

The medical center is suspending all walk-in appointments including but not limited to: Audiology, Optometry, Prosthetics, Community Care, and Rehab. If these services are still needed, Veterans are encouraged to contact the medical center at 1-800-872-8662.  The Patient Advocate office will be available via telephone only, extension 66353 or 67723. The library is closed to outpatients at this time.

Effective March 30, 2020, the Outpatient Pharmacy is providing curbside pickup for urgent prescription needs following VA medical visits or for other urgent medication needs.  The curbside pickup site is in front of building 407.  This service will be provided Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Veterans’ providers will continue to prescribe or refill non-urgent prescriptions to be mailed out.

Veterans should only come to the medical center if necessary and utilize the mail to receive outpatient prescriptions. A pharmacist will be available to assist if there is an urgent need for a prescription that cannot wait for mail delivery.  However, Veterans need to plan ahead to take full advantage of the mail delivery options to minimize potential exposure and spread of COVID-19.

To speak to a pharmacy representative, request a refill, or check the status of prescriptions: please call 1-800-872-8662 or utilize MyHealtheVet.

The Medical Center and CBOCs “No Visitors” policy remains in effect.  Visitors will be prohibited from entering the medical center or clinics unless it is necessary for providing medical care, or visiting under compassionate care circumstances, such as grave illness or imminent death of a family member under care in the facility.  These visits will be limited to one individual at a time and only in the Veteran’s room. No visitors under the age of 18 will permitted on campus or in clinics at any time.
All Veterans and visitors meeting the above criteria for compassionate care who enter the campus will be pre-screened for signs of respiratory illness prior to entry.  Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, patients known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.

Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call us at 1-888-598-7793 before you visit your local medical center or clinic. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or MyHealtheVet Secure Messaging.

Veterans and staff are encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.

For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp.

For CDC updates, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.###


TOMAH, Wis. (March 19, 2020) – For the safety of Veterans and staff, the Tomah VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) continue to make adjustments to medical center and clinic operations to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

The medical center is suspending the Community Care Walk-In Office.  Assistance can still be provided over the telephone from 9:00A.M.-3:30P.M. Monday through Friday by calling 608-374-8182.

The Medical Center and CBOCs “No Visitors” policy remains in effect, Visitors will be prohibited from entering the medical center or clinics unless it is necessary for providing medical care, or visiting under compassionate care circumstances, such as grave illness or imminent death of a family member under care in the facility.  These visits will be limited to one individual at a time and only in the Veteran’s room.  As of 3:00P.M., March 19, 2020, no visitors under the age of 18 will permitted on campus or in clinics at any time.

All Veterans and visitors (meeting the above criteria for compassionate care) entering the campus will be pre-screened for signs of respiratory illness prior to entry.  Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.

Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call us at 1-888-598-7793 before you visit your local medical center or clinic. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging.

Veterans and staff are encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.

For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp.

For CDC updates, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.###

Covid - 19 Information

Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call us at 1-888-598-7793 before you visit your local medical center or clinic. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging. Visitors, if you do not feel well, please postpone your visit. Read VA’s latest information on the new coronavirus at https://www.va.gov/coronavirus/ Learn more »

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