DALLAS - With the grand opening of a new suite at Dallas VA Medical Center comes an enhanced system of care for North Texas Veterans with polytrauma. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening and provided an inside look at what polytrauma is and what services are available for Veterans.
Polytrauma is multiple complex injuries that cause physical, cognitive, psychological and social impairments and functional disabilities. Common injuries in blast-related polytrauma include open wounds, traumatic amputations, spinal injuries, eye conditions, musculoskeletal system disorders, psychiatric problems and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans with polytrauma can now benefit from the full spectrum of care offered at VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), in a patient-centered environment.
“It’s always exciting when we are able to increase access and enhance services for our Veterans,” said Jeffery Milligan, director of VANTHCS. “Our patient population continues to grow and we stand ready to meet their needs.”
The polytrauma team provides a full range of medical and support services, and is interdisciplinary consisting of physicians, social workers, neuropsychologists, nurse case manager, blind rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, recreational therapist, prosthetist, and other disciplines. Other services include neuro rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, state-of-the-art prosthetics, visual rehabilitation, psychological services, physical and vocational rehabilitation, recreational therapy, and on-going case management.
“We’ve had capabilities to provide high quality care for Veterans with Polytrauma and TBI,” said Richard Robinson, MD, Medical Director of TBI/Polytrauma. “With the opening of the new suite, our efforts have ramped up to provide that care in a more patient-centered atmosphere to enhance the treatment and recovery process.”
Some features of the new suite include:
Physical and occupational therapy assessment and training for amputees Vision and balance assessment and treatment Separate treatment room for biofeedback and relaxation training TBI day program and support group Clinical video telehealth services for Veterans in rural areas Same day assessments for Veterans from the post-deployment clinic
Polytrauma treatment and recovery is serious business, but adding fun elements to the space was an important component of the new design. Fresh colors, upscale furnishings and custom contemporary artwork were selected for a modern appeal. Local companies and artists contributed giant photographic murals and sculptures. Artwork can be seen throughout the suite that reflects historical and iconic Dallas landmarks. Public areas of the suite include a coffee bar, internet access and a play area for Veterans with children.
All these features combined make for a patient and family friendly suite where Veterans can feel safe and comfortable. All of which are vital to the treatment and recovery process.
VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 113,000 Veterans and delivers over 1.4 million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma.