VA North Texas Health Care System
SCI Programs and Services
SCI/D Telehealth Program
Traditionally, Veterans seeking health care would travel to a VA Medical Center. For many Veterans with a spinal cord injury, travel to the medical center can sometimes be a strenuous task, particularly if the Veteran lives in a remote or rural area, or even an urban area where congestion and traffic makes travel difficult. In an effort to increase Veterans' access to specialized health care, the SCI/D Center offers Clinical Video Telehealth to Home [CVT to Home] in addition to a conventional clinic visit. This service incorporates secure electronic information and telecommunication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, and care management of a Veteran's health care while the Veteran is at home and the health care provider is at the medical center. CVT to Home sessions provide a modality for improved accessibility and efficiency in delivering quality spinal cord Injury and disease care for Veterans, their families and caretakers. In addition to CVT to Home, the SCI/D Center offers Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) to our spoke sites in Bonham, Fort Worth and Temple.
To provide the right care in the right place at the right time through the effective, cost-effective and appropriate use of health information and telecommunications technologies.
To make the home and local community into the preferred place of care whenever possible and practicable.
SCI Center for Holistic Health
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. As one of the oldest healing methods, practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
The North Texas VA SCI Center has expanded our treatment modalities by incorporating acupuncture as a part of the currently established SCI/D comprehensive health program. We are dedicated to improving health and wellness by implementing acupuncture therapies to help our veterans obtain the best health outcomes possible.
SCI Homecare Program
Monthly in-home visits are provided by the SCI Homecare Team which consists of an attending SCI physician, social worker and SCI nurse. These visits are designed to address spinal cord injury specific needs in an effort to optimize your health and minimize unplanned hospital or ER visits.
SCI Wound Care Clinic
Our wound care nurses are certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (CWOCNCB) which is the gold standard in wound care certifications. Veterans are followed by the same team during their stay in the Spinal Cord Injury Center and the outpatient wound care clinic in order to improve continuity of care. We have a strong partnership with Plastic Surgery that includes weekly rounds at the patient's bedside to assess and develop a plan for our most complex inpatient wound care needs. We work together as part of an interdisciplinary team that is committed to delivering high quality wound care management for our veterans.
SCI Sexual Health Clinic
The SCI Sexual Health Clinic creates a welcoming medical environment to ensure that every Veteran with a spinal cord injury/disorder has access to the care and support they need to reengage in areas of life relating to sexual health and functioning. We aim to offer an environment that is therapeutic and where the staff is trained to meet their sexual health needs by offering the following services: sexual health education, preventative health screening, medication management for erectile disorders and sexual dysfunction, referrals to psychology for individual or couples counseling.
Peer Partner Program
Peer Partners Program will match Veterans who have been living successfully with a spinal cord injury or disorder (like multiple sclerosis) for many years with newly injured Veterans in the SCI/D Rehabilitation Program. Peer Partners can act as a coach or a guide as Veterans go through rehabilitation and prepare for life outside of the hospital. They are available to listen and share their point of view. They do not give advice about medical diagnosis or treatment, but they can serve as a valuable source of information and answer questions about what life is like with a spinal cord injury. Sample discussion topics include the following: hiring and keeping a good caregiver, traveling with a disability, sports and having fun in the community. Peer Partners meet together with selected SCI staff members on the first Friday of every month to discuss topics of interest and answer questions about successfully living with a disability. Patients in rehabilitation are encouraged to attend as part of their rehabilitation program, but all patients are welcome.
Respite care is available in the SCI unit to patients who want to give their caregiver a break for a short time. As the primary caregiver, not only do you deserve the occasional break that respite care provides, but respite care is necessary so you can recharge your physical, spiritual and emotional batteries. It's critical that you take the time to care for yourself - doctor's appointments, regular physical exams, counseling sessions or support group meetings - to ensure you're not getting run down and that you'll be up to the challenges of this daunting responsibility. Contact SCI Social Work for further information on this great service.
VA North Texas Fisher House
Safe housing with all the comforts of home is available for families of veterans who receive health care at VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas. A Fisher House, similar to a Ronald McDonald House, provides free short term lodging. This is "a home away from home" for families of some VA patients receiving treatment. The Fisher House is a 21-suite two story house with a common kitchen, laundry room, large dining room, living room, library, picnic area and toys for children.