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VA listening session scheduled

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center announced that it will hold a virtual listening session with stakeholders at 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET on Monday to hear from veterans and the communities the VA serves.

This is one of 50 public virtual listening sessions across the country from March through June to hear from veterans “on how to design a health care system of the future and grow services for veterans in a way that reinforces VA’s role as a leader in the U.S. health care system,” officials said in a news release.

“We want to hear from veterans and other stakeholders in the communities VA serves and understand their vision for VA health care,” said Jim Rice, medical center director, in the news release. “VA’s goal is to collaborate closely with veterans and other stakeholders to build the best VA health care system that meets the needs of veterans today and for generations to come.”

These listening sessions represent an opportunity for veterans to “help VA reimagine how VA delivers care in an equitable, high quality, veteran-centered manner and develop a plan for investing in VA’s aging infrastructure,” officials said.

The feedback will be used to develop the recommendations VA submits to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission in January. The AIR Commission will also conduct public hearings as part of its review of VA’s recommendations before submitting its recommendations to the president and Congress for review and approval in 2023. To register for Oscar G. Johnson VA’s listening session, visit https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPOLICYPLANNING/listening.asp and look for VISN 12: Great Lakes Health Care System.

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