ATLANTA, GA— September 22, 2016 — DeKalb Medical, Health Net Federal Services LLC (HNFS) and Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) have partnered to begin offering mobile mammograms to veterans.
This newly-formed program will expedite veteran care through the Veterans Choice program by providing mammograms at DeKalb Medical’s Mobile Mammogram vehicle parked weekly at the Atlanta VA Clinic at 250 North Arcadia Boulevard, Decatur, GA on most Mondays. The mobile center will be able to offer between 25 and 40 mammogram appointments each week.
“DeKalb Medical is honored to partner with the VA in providing mammogram screenings to qualified veterans. Through this collaboration, we offer convenient, preventive screenings on our Mobile Mammogram Van as well as required follow-up care. Early detection and treatment are the best ways we can help save lives,” said Cynthia Holbrook, Interim Executive Director of WorksWell at DeKalb Medical.
The on-site service supports and extends the care offered through the Atlanta VAMC in Decatur, Georgia, taking its first 31 confirmed appointments on Monday, September 19, 2016.
“Through VA’s partnership with HNFS and their network of health care providers, the Choice Program will provide access to state-of-the-art mammogram screenings at the Atlanta VA. Continued access to timely and appropriate community care through public-private partnerships like the Choice Program ensures better health care services and outcomes for our Veterans,” said Atlanta VAMC Director Annette P. Walker.
“This innovative public-private partnership allows HNFS to support the Atlanta VAMC by offering additional capacity for this preventative service as an extension of VA care. It also provides expedited access to local veterans in need of these services. This Mobile Mammograms program offers an exciting path to similar partnerships with VAMCs nationwide and it could not be possible without the tenacity of DeKalb Medical, VA and the HNFS team,” said Billy Maynard, president and CEO of Health Net Federal Services.
The weekly mammogram program commences on Monday, September 19, 2016 in the parking lot of the Atlanta VA Clinic at 250 North Arcadia Boulevard, Decatur, GA 30030. Veterans can access this service by referral from the Atlanta VAMC.
About DeKalb Medical
DeKalb Medical offers more than 700 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties. The not-for-profit health care system consists of three campuses — DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical LTAC at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale—as well as the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group with 115 providers in more than 50 locations in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Founded in DeKalb County in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an established and active member of the community, offering a variety of award-winning, accessible services, including joint replacement, long-term acute care, surgical weight loss, mammography, heartburn solutions and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. The Cancer Center has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.
About Health Net Federal Services
Health Net Federal Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. As the managed care support contractor for the TRICARE North Region, HNFS provides health care services to approximately 2.9 million uniformed services beneficiaries, active and retired, and their families. In addition, HNFS provides quality behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit www.hnfs.com for more information.
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD),Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as “Part D”), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.