One of the main goals of the Hospital Liaison Program is to maintain a working relationship with VA hospitals in Oregon and Washington, private hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In doing so, Oregon PVA helps facilitate the re-entry of spinal cord and/or neurologically impaired persons and their families into society through personal contacts, technical assistance and education. In 1994, Oregon PVA established the Health Care Policy Review Program to monitor the needs of the mobility impaired veteran and provide information on healthcare reform.
The Oregon chapter is committed to maintaining involvement on a personal level at the areas VA facilities. Once a month visits are made to the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at VAMC Seattle. Our main goal is to assist in any way possible the adjustment to a new and very different life of injured servicemen and women.
Prosthetic Medical Equipment Purchase and Repairs
As Hospital Liaison for Paralyzed Veterans of America Oregon Chapter, one of the most common issues members contact me about are delays obtaining new prosthetic equipment and repairs to prosthetic equipment issued through the VA. Many of our members endure long waits not only for customized wheelchairs, patient lifts, and other high-dollar prosthetic equipment, but lower cost non-customized prosthetic equipment as well. How does the prosthetic purchasing and equipment repair process work, how long should I wait before contacting prosthetic and who do I contact?
My goal is to try and answer some of those questions.