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The specific medical and mental health needs of veterans are being addressed through a series of programs offered by Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Thanks to the support of the Thomas Glasser Foundation, Inc., Trinitas participates in a special National Hospital and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that offers enhanced patient care and other services to veterans. To address the needs of current veterans and the growing number of veterans in the next 10 to 20 years, the interface with the VA and the NHPCO gives veterans care with the dignity, recognition, and gratitude they deserve.

"The new grant-funded program supports the ongoing measures Trinitas uses each day to meet the health care needs of service men and women while they are under our care," explains Magie Cruz, RN, MSN, Director of Palliative Care. "This program is another way that Trinitas doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals members, as well as our volunteers, respond to the needs of veterans, their families and caregivers. It's a natural complement to our existing Palliative Care program and a fitting way to treat our valued veterans who deserve everyone's respect and gratitude."

Johanna Thomas, Intervention Clinician of Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), at Trinitas works closely with Trinitas staff and volunteers to identify vets when they are admitted for care. "Upon admission to the hospital, we ask patients if they are military veterans and if they'd like information about veterans' benefits. We are also proud to give them a formal acknowledgment
of their service to our country."

The Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Department of Trinitas makes a valuable contribution to the mental health needs of veterans who suffer from a range of mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all of which negatively impact their quality of life. Linda Reynolds, Director of Adult Outpatient Services, explains: "In partnership with the Elizabeth Veterans Administration (VA), Project Pride for Veterans is a counseling and case management program. One of our two licensed social workers is an active reservist and our Advance Practice Nurse is retired from the Air Force. Their common bond with veterans is so important to the positive patient outcomes we strive for in this program. The Project Pride program provides individual, group, and family psychiatric services designed to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Ultimately, in partnership with the VA, we direct our energies toward helping veterans live the life they want and deserve."


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: November 5, 2015

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