Web-based initiative offers online one-stop service to veterans’ job, health, community resources
White Plains, Newburgh, NY (September 25, 2012) – Vet Connect – a web-based initiative to raise awareness about the employment, health, and resource needs of veterans in the Hudson Valley region, particularly returning veterans – went live today. This public awareness initiative is the work of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet) and its member hospitals that are located in Westchester and the six counties that comprise the Hudson Valley region. NorMet is the association that represents these hospitals on a variety of hospital and health care legislative and regulatory issues.
The initiative underscores hospitals’ recognition of the extraordinary service veterans have made to this country and hospitals’ commitment to assisting veterans with their employment and health care needs. Vet Connect is being coordinated by NorMet’s Communications Committee and hospital human resource directors.
Vet Connect can be accessed via NorMet’s home page at www.normet.org. Once users click on the Vet Connect icon, they are brought to interior pages that provide direct links to hospitals’ job banks, military skills translation assistance, and health care career training programs for veterans. The service is also accessible via hospitals’ websites. Look for the Vet Connect logo.
“Our hospitals recognize the extraordinary service our veterans have made to our country,” said Kevin Dahill, president/CEO of NorMet. “All of our hospitals are committed to assisting veterans with their employment and health care needs. Vet Connect is a simple to use, one-stop resource for veterans that puts helpful information at their fingertips.”
Gerry Culliton, director of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, was instrumental in initiating and coordinating this project.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with more than 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.