Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
Primary Care / Patient Aligned Care Team
About the Program
The Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing the way it delivers healthcare. We started a new team approach for primary care called the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The PACT team is made up of your provider, nurses, and clerk. There are also expanded team members who work with your PACT: social worker, pharmacist, dietitian, and possibly others. You and your healthcare are the focus of the PACT. Your PACT will streamline visits to make appointments more efficient and satisfying.
Your PACT will share health information on preventing or managing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. They will help schedule and organize your follow-up care. There are several ways you will be able to access your team: a clinic visit, same-day appointment, telephone visit, or through your computer. MyHealtheVet is a computer site that allows you to see your lab results or make PACT appointments. If you choose to use these services, we will help you. Remember, you and your team will decide the best way to work together.
In most cases, you will no longer need to use Urgent Care to be seen during normal business hours. You just call your PACT team during working hours and schedule a same-day appointment or get your questions answered on the phone.
Primary Care/PACT offers an extensive range of diagnostic and treatment modalities with emphasis on health care prevention. Veterans are treated for conditions that can be adequately assessed and cared for by a primary care provider, and referred to specialists when the need arises. Care for common conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Elevated Cholesterol, COPD (Chronic Lung Diseases) can be delivered by primary care providers.
Specific examples of care in the Primary Care Clinics include:
- cancer screening including colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer screening
- high cholesterol prevention and treatment
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment
- coronary artery disease prevention and management of Veterans whose cardiac conditions are stable
- diabetes prevention and treatment
- high blood pressure prevention and treatment
- obesity prevention and treatment by medical means including dietary advice and other weight-loss programs
- osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment
- prostate disease prevention and treatment
- smoking cessation by utilization of counseling and medications
- anemia diagnosis and management
- common infections management such as uncomplicated urinary infections, respiratory infections, and skin infections
- common gastrointestinal conditions management such as GERD (reflux disease), uncomplicated diarrhea, gall bladder disease, stable uncomplicated liver disease
- depression management when the Veteran's condition is stable and responding to common anti-depressants
- suicide prevention and awareness
- prevention of influenza by provision of influenza vaccination to Veterans
- Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm