DENVER, COLORADO – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Eastern Colorado Health Care System will host a grand opening ceremony for its new, state-of-the-art Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic (PCTOC) at the Heart of the Rockies Medical Campus, 1000 Rush Drive, Salida, CO on January 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Planning, Ms. Pat Vandenberg will attend and offer remarks.


This Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinic represents the VA’s commitment to moving top-quality health care into rural areas to speed delivery and increase convenience for rural veterans.  This commitment was demonstrated in May 2009 when the VA Office of Rural Health announced a grant award of over $7 million to create ten PCTOCs in VISN 19.  The Salida Clinic is the first of the ten PCTOCs to be opened.


Medical care will be delivered to veterans at the Salida PCTOC using the latest in telehealth technology.  Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Veterans at the Salida clinic will see and be treated by a physician located at the Pueblo, CO VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic via sophisticated videoconferencing equipment.  Medical staff is also on sight to attend to veterans’ needs.


Veterans enrolled and receiving health care through VA may change their preferred facility to Salida. They will be assigned to the primary care provider and issued an appointment if necessary.