House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee members tour health care center
NORTH CHICAGO, IL - Members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, along with Department of the Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, toured the North Chicago VA Medical Center and the Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes Jan. 4 to learn more about the progress of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
The group was led by Chairman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN), both from the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations. Rear Adm. William R. Kiser, Commander, Navy Medicine East, Assistant Secretary Joan Evans, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and Assistant Secretary Roger Baker, Office of Information Technology, were the ranking Department of the Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs members.
“This was an opportunity for us to show our political officials and department oversight members the progress we have made with our complex integration,” said Patrick L. Sullivan, North Chicago VA Medical Center Director. “Not only did it give them an ability to see the progress of what will be our combined mission, but it allowed them an avenue to ask questions from our subject-matter experts.”
The group made their first stop in North Chicago as part of a 3-day oversight tour through Illinois and California. The visit included an update of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, a first-of-its-kind integration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and familiarization tours of the Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes and North Chicago VA Medical Center.
On Oct. 1, 2010, the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center will be the nation’s first partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, integrating all medical care into a fully integrated federal health care system with a combined VA and Navy mission.
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