Caring for Our Heroes: How Community Care Helps Veterans

Caring for Our Heroes: How Community Care Helps Veterans

Gateway Vista, a Nye Health Services campus, is now a participating facility under the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN) for all eligible Veterans who could benefit from short term rehabilitation services and outpatient therapy services. Both Optum and United Healthcare are collaborating to manage the VA CCN, a national VA initiative.

Gateway Vista’s Executive Director is a 25 year Active Duty and Reserve Officer and has worked in healthcare for over 20 years. Executive Director (Major) Mark Sroczynski knows what it means to serve. Mark states that, “As a 25 year Active and Reserve Duty Officer, I know what it means and how to relate to Veterans, especially during the healing process. One of several duties I was fortunate to complete, was a 12 month tour at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio. There I Commanded the first Warrior Transition Unit and averaged approximately 200 Soldiers, Airman, Navy and Marines who were there to recover from their injuries.”

“The VA Community Care Network allows Veterans who qualify to come to our organization outside of the VA to provide services. All people, including Veterans, should have this choice as to where they want their care to take place. Join us.”

Veterans Affairs provides healthcare for Veterans in your local community. If Veterans Affairs cannot provide the care needed, then the Veteran may be eligible to receive care from a community provider. This is provided on behalf of, and paid for, by Veterans Affairs. Before a Veteran can receive community care from a provider, the VA must first authorize the care. Gateway Vista, one of Nye Health Service’s campuses, is proud to service our nation’s veterans.

Types of Care Available

Veterans Affairs ensures that even after a soldier’s service has ended, the person behind the uniform has the care needed for their entire life. Veterans may be eligible for the following types of care:

  • General Community Care: If you require a specialty service or health care need that is not offered at a VA medical facility, then you may qualify for general community care. For example, maternity care is not offered at VA medical facilities, so a patient could be eligible for general community care. General community care needs to be pre-authorized by Veterans Affairs.
  • Emergency Care: If you’re suffering from a life threatening emergency, call 911 first and go to the nearest emergency room. For emergency care, a prior VA authorization is not necessary, as your immediate health and well-being is a priority. A claim for emergency care will never be denied based solely on VA not receiving notification prior to seeking care.However, you should contact the VA within 72 hours of admittance to help VA staff coordinate discharge or follow-up medical care.
  • Home Health Services and Hospice Care: The VA aims to keep chronically ill or disabled Veterans in their homes as long as possible. Skilled home health care, palliative care, homemaker services, and hospice care are all considered extended care services under the direction of a VA physician.
  • State Veterans Homes: A VA social worker can provide you with additional details about State Veterans Homes. These facilities provide services such as adult day care or nursing home services.

Veterans Affairs provides a wide variety of care options for Veterans throughout their lives.

Cost and Billing Options for Veterans

The VA provides several different billing options for Veterans such as paying online through a secure server, by phone, in person at a VA medical facility, or by mail. Veterans are charged a co-payment for care provided directly by VA,or through a community provider outside of VA. The co-payment amount is based on the type of health care service you receive and your financial situation. For Veterans struggling with co-payments due to loss of job, or a sudden decrease in income, contact the VA to see if you qualify for financial hardship assistance.

Join Mark and other Veterans to see how Gateway Vista provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation services and top-notch care for its senior residents. Contact us to learn how our impeccable senior living campuses maintain the pride fostered by our nation’s Veterans.


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Kathy Kirby named as Executive Director

Kathy Kirby named as Executive Director

Nye Health Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Kirby, occupational therapist, as the Executive Director of Nye Home Health Care.  Kathy has been a part of the Nye Health Services team for 20 years. She started her journey as an occupational therapist with Nye Pointe in 1999, and continued her work at both Nye Legacy and Nye Square.  “The relationships I have had with residents and family members of the Nye Health Services continuum are part of the reason I’m thankful to be a part of this organization. Nye’s commitment to promoting the health of the residents within their communities also excites me and I am thrilled to be a part of their continued growth.”

“We are delighted that Kathy has accepted the position as our Executive Director of Home Health Care and Home Care,” states Kristin Harris, Vice President of Operations. “Her dedication to the well-being of our patients, as well as her passion for helping them achieve their goals are qualities that make her a natural fit for this role.”

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in September of 1999 from Creighton University.  “My passion for identifying the needs of the elders I work with, and assisting them in whatever way I can to be successful in staying active pushes me to strive for new opportunities. I am eager to make it possible for those who want to recover in their homes, safely and successfully, a reality,” states Kirby.

Nye Health Services provides a complete continuum of healthcare services for people seeking independent and assisted living, state-of-the-art rehabilitation, traditional skilled nursing care, and now home health care and home care services.  For more information about any of the services provided by our campuses or to learn more about our employment opportunities, please visit our website at www.nyehealthservices.com.

Work Happy Here – Meet Miekka Zanders

Work Happy Here – Meet Miekka Zanders

As the Executive Director of the Legacy Lodge at Jackson Hole, I try to create a family-like setting for our team. We spend about one-third of our lives at work. Who wants to give that much time to something they don’t love, in an environment that doesn’t feel safe and nurturing? Creating a culture where team members feel supported takes time—often, we are repairing damage and providing assurances to build trust. These days, I walk into the Lodge and can feel the loving energy. It bring so much joy, because I know that the ultimate winners are the residents we serve.

My background includes social work and nursing home administration. I have worked with a diverse population of seniors, including those with advanced dementia. My greatest passion is creating environments focused on quality of life and wellness.

When people move into independent and assisted living, or skilled nursing care, they generally do so because there is a specific need or desire for additional support. Once we meet those needs, our real work begins! We must always strive to help people remain as independent, engaged and connected as possible.

At Legacy Lodge, we are having fun creating that very type of environment. This podcast gave me the opportunity to share a little about my values and leadership style. I hope you enjoy!


We look forward to introducing you to the team of Legacy Lodge. They are a spectacular bunch of compassionate professionals!

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