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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Compensation and Pension

C&P clinic - Goose Creek
By By Kevin S. Abel, Social Media Manager
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Charleston VAMC opened a new Compensation and Pension clinic at Joint Base Charleston- Weapons on Aug. 22 to better meet the needs of Lowcountry Veterans fill­ing disability claims with VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration.

The C&P clinic, located at Building 754, Pulaski Street, is just down the street from the VA/DoD Optometry Clinic. The site will serve to meet the growing demand for C&P medical ex­amination appointments in an area where many Veterans live and work.

“The C&P Program has a mandated 30 day turnaround time for each (medi­cal examination) request received and with the number of staff we had on board, the program was unable to keep up,” said Donna Nash, C&P Coordina­tor. But this move will allow that situa­tion to dramatically improve.

The clinic will operate with C&P clerks, a C&P Coordinator, three mid-level examiners, a psychologist, and a chief medical examiner to oversee the program. In addition two health techs are being recruited to draw labs and perform EKGs on-site the same day as the appointment.

Two additional mid-level providers are currently being credentialed for the C&P Program for VAMC Com­munity Based Outpatient Clinics.

“Housing an examiner at the Myrtle Beach Primary Care Clinic and one at the Savannah Clinic will be a great benefit for the Veterans living in those areas,” said Nash. Adding “It will pro­vide a quicker turnaround time which means the Veteran should receive his/ her benefits that they so deserve faster.”

The new C&P clinic occupies a va­cated Navy building leased as part of Charleston VAMC and Naval Health Clinic Charleston’s close partner­ship. Renovation and construction inside the C&P clinic was completed by the VAMC’s in-house construc­tion crew saving time and money.


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