Veterans Can Receive Care from Providence Hospital through Veterans Choice Program

March 25, 2016 12:39 pm Published by

Providence Health System today announced a partnership to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the choice to receive care at Providence locations throughout the region.

As part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Providence joins Ascension facilities in 23 other states and the District of Columbia in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and our communities by serving as an official provider of veterans care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA or have to travel farther than 40 miles from their home can receive care from Providence doctors.

“No population is more vulnerable and more deserving of our compassion and support than our nation’s veterans,” said Todd Kennedy, president of Providence Hospital. “The men and women in our community who have sacrificed so much for us deserve access to high quality health care. Working together, we believe our Veterans Choice public-private partnership will advance care for our military veterans.”

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 established funding to pay for healthcare services provided to veterans by private healthcare providers. Through the partnership, Providence physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health for eligible veterans outside of VA.

Ascension has established a contractual agreement with TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a federal contractor to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. TriWest is designated by VA to implement the Veterans Choice Program and provide eligible veterans access to care in their community when the local VA facility cannot readily provide care.

Nearly 9 million veterans received the Veterans Choice Card and use of the card is strictly voluntary. Veterans who qualify for VA healthcare can continue to receive care at a VA medical facility of their choice as they have in the past. The program will end when the allocated funds of $10 billion are used or no later than August 7, 2017. Veterans can determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program at:

Persons interested in learning more about the Veterans Choice Program are encouraged to visit


About Providence Health System

Providence Health System encompasses Providence Hospital and Providence Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician network. A ministry of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and largest private not-for-profit health system, Providence has answered the call to serve, to care and to heal since 1854. Providence Medical Group has thirteen practices and more than 70 physicians offering primary and specialty physician services in south Alabama and southeast Mississippi. Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility, cares for more than 14,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients each year. Specialized services offered at Providence Hospital include open-heart surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, eye surgery, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites.  Providence Hospital received an “A” grade for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group. The grades used in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM program are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using national evidence-based measures of patient safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. For more information, visit

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.