Veterans Pleased With Veteran's Choice: CEO

Apr 27, 2016

Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni(left) talking with WXPR News Director Ken Krall
Credit Bill Kapinski

Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in RhinelanderĀ  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...

"'s the first(facility) within Ascension that is treating the Veteran's Choice Program. What I wanted to do today is come and meet with some veterans and caregivers and find out what is working and what's not working so as we have constant interaction with the Veteran's Administration we can make this program better...."

Tersigni says the veterans he spoke with say the program is working...

".....My concerns obviously are how are we treating them. Ascension prides itself on personalized care, treating the whole person. One of my questions is, 'are we fulfilling that commitment to you?', and I'm happy to say those veterans I met with are very grateful for the service that the servers here at St. Mary's are giving....."

More information on the program is available online through the Veteran's Administration or local County Veteran's Service offices. Ascension and Ministry Health Care agreed to join in 2012.