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Reduced VA emergency room hours now in effect

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Effective December 1, 2014, the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (VAMC) will initiate temporary changes in the operations of the Emergency Department (ED). The changes will remain in effect until further notice. Effective December 1, 2014, the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (VAMC) will initiate temporary changes in the operations of the Emergency Department (ED). The changes will remain in effect until further notice.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - In November, the Spokane Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced they would be cutting emergency room operating hours in half. On Monday, those reduced hours of operation took effect. 

The urgent care will now be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and during those hours, the VA Medical Center will not accept Veteran patients via ambulance. The hospital says Veterans with physical or mental emergencies should call 9-1-1. 

The VA says depending on the Veteran's individual eligibility, the VA may provide reimbursement for medical care and/or ambulance transport to a local hospital. If the Veteran accesses care at a non-VA facility, the Veteran and/or community hospital staff must contact the VA within 72 hours of care by calling (509) 434-7010.

Citing staffing issues as the reason for the change, the hospital said the new hours of operation are in effect until further notice. 

KHQ contacted Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Monday and received this statement from her office:

“When it comes to caring for our veterans, their safety and well-being must be the top priority. That's why I am deeply concerned by the reduced hours at the Spokane VA – because we should be showing our gratitude to the men and women who served our nation so dutifully, not restricting their access to treatment and care. Eastern Washington veterans deserve better – which is why I wrote to VA Secretary McDonald urging for an explanation behind these reduced hours. I continue my unwavering commitment to ensuring our heroes receive the treatment they have earned, and continue to work every day as their voice in Congress.”



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