Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Joint Incentive Fund Project - Mobile MRI
Lowcountry VA-DoD Partners receive Two Joint Incentive Funds Awards
Mobile MRI for Beaufort VA and Navy Clinics; Ophthalmology added at Joint Optometry Clinic
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Department of Defense partners will receive $2,274,000 to purchase a mobile MRI to be located at Naval Hospital Beaufort, and $372,000 for a joint venture that adds ophthalmology specialty services at the VA-DoD Optometry Clinic at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons through the federal government’s Joint Incentive Fund (JIF).
The mobile MRI brings this diagnostic capability to Naval Hospital Beaufort and the VA clinic located there for the first time. The addition of this equipment means patients will soon be able to receive state-of-the-art imaging at the same location where they receive their primary care. The unit will be co-operated and co-managed by VA and Naval Hospital Beaufort staff to provide imaging studies for Veterans, active duty service members, and DoD beneficiaries.
The addition of ophthalmology services at the VA-DoD Optometry Clinic means patients who would have been sent to another clinic will now be able to receive that specialty care in the same location where their optometrist is located. The funds will also add new equipment to the clinic which was opened earlier this year on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons as a JIF project between Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, and 628th Medical Group. The clinic, which is staffed by VAMC staff, provides eye services to Veterans, retired, active duty and dependent patients through resource sharing agreements with DoD partners.
“In Beaufort and in Charleston VA enjoys a strong partnership with our DoD health care organizations that benefits our Veterans and service members while providing improved seamless transition from active duty to Veteran status for our patients,” said Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Acting Director Scott Isaacks. “These JIF awards recognize the importance of access for all of our patients to the best imaging tools and eye care, and the strength of our ongoing partnership in this area.”