WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – the lead Republican for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – released the following statement regarding Kansas VA hospitals assuming their Fourth Mission role of providing back-up care to Kansas hospitals that need additional support to care for COVID-19 patients:
“The VA plays an integral role in our nation’s health care safety net through its Fourth Mission to support local hospitals and make sure patients have access to the critical care they need. Throughout the pandemic, I have worked to make certain VA has the resources needed to support our health care system. Thank you to the Kansas VA hospitals and VA health care personnel who are assisting medical facilities across the state and to all of our health care workers who continue to care for Kansans while experiencing bed and staff shortages.
“Additionally, 80 members of the Kansas National Guard have been activated to provide state-wide COVID-19 relief efforts. Their dedicated service will help support Kansas’ health care workers who are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic.”
Kansas hospitals in need of beds for non-veteran COVID patients can submit a patient transfer request through Kansas Mission Control. Mission Control and the VA will then work to identify the best potential receiving facility for the patient.
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