As VA hospitals struggle to meet rising demands, the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General have found a way to shore up care for local vets.
Seven physicians, three psychologists, four outreach coordinators, and one social worker, all working for MGH or its parent company, Partners HealthCare, will treat patients by appointment. Tom Werner’s hope is that other cities will use Home Base as a template for creating their own programs to help veterans. "Caring for vets is something we all have to do," he says.
Already, he and other Home Base founders anticipate the need to raise more money before the pilot program ends in 2012. The demand is there. So is the need.
Ask Evan Smith, who, after enrolling in Home Base this past spring, is finally getting the one-on-one counseling he said he needed all along. His father says, "I’m relieved."