The Aiken, S.C. VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic on 951 Millbrook Avenue will delay opening Monday, Sept. 17.
Employees will report for duty by 10 a.m. The clinic will open for patients at noon.
All other VA Augusta hospital and clinic operations are normal.
The Director activated the incident management team (IMT) Sept. 13, and we are monitoring the hurricane and its impact in our region.
Regular updates will be provided to staff and Veterans throughout the storm on our Facebook page and our webpage at https://www.augusta.va.gov/ .
CURRENT CBOC STATUS FOR Friday, Sept. 14 - Monday, Sept. 17:
PATIENT STATUS: With the exception noted at the Aiken clinic, all outpatient appointments and procedures will continue as planned; patients should report for their appointment as usual. If a Veteran wishes to cancel an appointment, the Veteran should call the clinic so the clinic staff knows the Veteran is safe. The VA medical center’s inpatient care units and the emergency department are open and operational. We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and update closures as needed.
EMPLOYEE STATUS: Employees should review facility and service line emergency management plans and make plans to ensure the safety of their families. Guidance on status for the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and all facilities will be updated as more information and updated storm projections become available. Questions regarding work status should be addressed to your supervisor.
PATIENT PRESCRIPTION REFILLS: If a traveling Veteran (displaced by hurricane evacuation) runs out of medication(s) and needs a renewal, you can visit the pharmacy during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, Ga., or 950 15th Street, Augusta, Ga.
The Heritage Disaster Network Plan Process for Hurricane Florence has been activated effectively now until Monday, 9/17/18 for our Athens CBOC.
SECURE MESSAGING: If power or internet connections are affected, secure messages may not be checked. If you are having a medical emergency dial 911. If you have an urgent need, please call 706-733-0188 then press 4 to reach our call center.
SHELTERING IN PLACE, LINENS & MEALS: Some employees may be requested to shelter in place at the medical center to provide care coverage. More information regarding sheltering in place will be provided as needed, or contact your supervisor with questions.
LOCAL SHELTER INFORMATION: Contact the American Red Cross at 1 (800) 733-2767 to be connected to a local chapter.
DAV TRANSPORTATION: Veterans with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) transportation should contact your DAV point of contact. If the weather is severe, DAV transportation may not run for safety reasons.
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers may contact voluntary services at 706-733-0188 ext. 5959 or 3020.
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