Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Two years ago I entered Grangeville Veterans Clinic to get a flu shot. At that time the clinic was not my primary VA care facility. The friendly, but serious nurse Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Marek said “I don’t like the look of that spot just above your T-shirt collar.” I documented Liz’s opinion at my primary care location, but it received little attention. Later, in a Grangeville shop, “Liz” asked, “did you get that looked at?”
After a year the VA got around to excising a significant section of melanoma from the “spot” that Liz didn’t like. Five months after, with no VA scheduled follow-up to that procedure, I decided to visit the Grangeville VA clinic instead. A new nurse practitioner, Beth Monsebrotan, had arrived. Her examination was thorough. Beth felt a “palpable node” where it shouldn’t be, and adjacent to the previous melanoma site. Beth made arrangements for me to be at the Boise VA immediately. There are great docs at the Boise VA.
After expensive tests and procedures, all has gone well for me, but allow me to turn your attention to this contracted Grangeville medical model that treats my fellow veterans at our local Syringa Hospital in a manner consistent with their military experiences and honorable discharges.
At Syringa’s VA clinic, medicine remains an art and science, not an industry.
Aside from no drama, the Syringa VA clinic medical professionals seamlessly work with comparable administrative support. The VA clinic at Syringa operates under contractual agreement with the VA.
What is dramatically evident is their combined broad approach to efficiency within the art of actual hands-on medicine.
For the benefit of my brother and sister veterans, allow me to announce that Syringa’s Veterans Clinic has at least two medical professionals, “Sisters” Nurse Practitioner Beth Monsebrotan, and Nurse Liz Marek, who absolutely “Walk the Talk.”