Over the years, there’s been plenty said — both good and bad — about the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home. We’ve heard from plenty of veterans who proudly sing its praise. We also hear from veterans who believe the VA is severely lacking in many ways.
Such is life. Nothing is perfect. Few such institutions are able to please everyone they serve, but we believe our VA may come the closest. Certainly, officials with the U.S. Veterans Health Administration think so.
As Press Assistant News Editor Rex Barber reported in Thursday’s paper, the Mountain Home facility has earned one of the VA’s top honors. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs 2012 Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Trophy Award was presented to Mountain Home Director Charlene Ehret on Wednesday morning. Mountain Home is just one of two out of 152 VA hospitals to receive the award this year.
Other past acclamations include the National Center for Patient Safety Gold Medal Award and a Tennessee state quality award.
Johnson City is a medical community and education center. If it wasn’t for the VA at Mountain Home, there wouldn’t be a medical school at East Tennessee State University today.
The VA is an integral part of our health care system. As Barber noted in his story Thursday, students from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine train at Mountain Home in an environment that instills in them empathy and concern for patients.
This, along with the professionalism and dedication of the VA staff, has helped Mountain Home achieve high marks for patient care. The entire staff of the VA should be commended for winning this well-deserved award.