In an effort to continually improve services to military veterans in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) and the USVI Office of Veterans Affairs have announced the inclusion of AeroMD in the authorized list of air ambulance providers of the VACHS. This effort expands alternatives for veterans of the Virgin Islands in need of air ambulance services.
“Thanks to the leadership of Mr. Patrick Farell, USVI state director of veterans’ affairs, the VACHS was able to enter in this collaboration with AeroMD for the benefit of all veterans living in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Antonio Sanchez, acting director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.
AeroMD, a veteran run company, is an air ambulance service based on St. Thomas that provides high acuity critical care patient transports from the Caribbean.
For veterans eligible for VA health care, VA’s goal is to provide them with the care they need at the right time, at the right place, from the right provider. In some cases, veterans may need to receive care from a community care provider, coordinated by VA.
By collaborating with community providers such as AeroMD, VACHS can have alternatives to better serve veterans. “For the veterans of the Virgin Islands, this is a win-win situation. I am happy that we have brought this to fruition. This is a life saving and quality of life issue,” said Farrell.