The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is creating a new office to develop personal, patient-centered models of care for Veterans who receive health care services at VA’s more than 1,000 points of care across the Nation.
“VA has become one of the Nation’s leaders in quality health care and is increasingly cited as the standard to emulate,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel. “However, we must always continue to find ways to deliver more with our systems to the incredible patients we are honored to serve. We need to be data-driven, providing the treatments and therapies with the best clinical evidence, and we need to be patient-centered, never losing sight that we have been given the noble mission to care for our Nation’s Veterans, families and survivors.”
The new VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation began operations on Jan. 17 and is based in Arlington, Va.
The office’s director, Dr. Tracy Williams Gaudet, comes to VA from Duke University Medical Center where she has served as the executive director of Duke Integrated Medicine since 2001. Dr. Gaudet received her Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from Duke University.
Tracy W. Gaudet, MD, is the Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine, and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine has opened a state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration of new models of whole-person health care. Dr. Gaudet also made possible Duke Integrative Medicine’s pioneering work on the development of Personalized Healthcare Planning, as well as initiatives in research and medical student and resident education.
Dr. Gaudet joined the faculty at Duke University in November, 2000 and assumed the position of director of Duke Integrative Medicine in April, 2001. She has led Duke Integrative Medicine to the forefront of the field, helping to co-found the Consortium of Academic Heath Centers for Integrative Medicine and chairing the Membership Committee (2002-2004), as well as serving on the Steering, Executive, Education and Policy Committees. Dr. Gaudet actively leads public discourse with members of both the medical and lay communities, presenting talks on integrative medicine, as well as integrative approaches to menopause and other women’s health issues.
Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Gaudet was the founding executive director of Dr. Andrew Weil’s University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, helping to design the country’s first comprehensive curriculum in this new field and launching a two-year fellowship. The Program’s continuing education program offers educational opportunities for the clinician in practice, and has reached more than 4,500 healthcare professionals to date.
Dr. Gaudet is the author of Consciously Female, a book on integrative medicine and women’s health, which was published by Bantam Books in 2004. Her most recent book, Body, Soul and Baby, was published by Bantam Books in January, 2007.
Dr. Gaudet has been recognzied as a leader in the emerging field of integrative medicine in McCall’s, Natural Health, and New Age magazines, as well as the PBS documentary The New Medicine, ABC News 20/20, Oprah!, Arts and Entertainment, and The People’s Pharmacy, and professional journals including AM News, Unique Opportunities, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. She writes a monthly column for Body + Soul magazine, and has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Integrative Medicine Journal, and Seminars in Integrative Medicine.
“The VA’s vision and commitment to cultural transformation comes at a pivotal moment for health care in this country, and I am deeply honored to be joining VA in this important work,” said Dr. Gaudet. “The Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation will be a living, learning organization in which we will discover and demonstrate new models of care, analyze the results, and then create strategies that allow for their translation and implementation across the VA. VA will continue to be a national leader in innovation, and, in this way, we will provide the future of high-quality health care to our Veterans.”
The VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation will have four regional implementation teams at select VA medical centers across the country: Birmingham, Ala; East Orange, N.J.; Dallas; and Los Angeles.
Each VA medical center was selected for excellence already demonstrated in producing cultures of patient-centered care based on established criteria. These regional teams, comprised of patient-centered care consultants, will be responsible for facilitating the culture change for patient-centered care at all VA facilities.
For more information visit; http://www.va.gov