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VA Medical Center Executive Visits Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Walla Walla VA Medical Center Acting Director, DeAnn Dietrich mentioned how technology is strengthening patient care for 65,000 veterans in the tri-state area.

At the Battelle auditorium Wednesday (June 25th) night, Dietrich praised an in-home monitoring program, allowing physicians and nurses to evaluate a patients blood sugar or blood pressure around the clock, determining if they should go to the hospital.

She also says much progress has been made in providing veterans access to primary care.

"We're really making headway and being able to make it easier for our veteran to get that primary care so that they don't wait until their condition is so acute that they have to go into an emergency room," says Dietrich.

Dietrich also wanted feedback about the new community outpatient clinic in Richland.

She says clinics in Washington, Idaho and Oregon are contributing to the VA Medical Center, eventually, becoming a hub for specialty care.