Two VAs


"Dear Congressman Barber:
This is in response to your inquiry dated June 3, 2013, on behalf of Mr. Anthony Miner
O'Connell, who contacted your office regarding his medication renewals from the Southern
Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS). I asked Ms. Bernadette Schaeffer, Outpatient
Pharmacy Program Manager to review your request.
In reviewing Mr. O'Connell's records it was determined that he does not have a telephone. Ms
Schaeffer did contact his daughter Ms. Kate Simmons on June 7, 2013. Ms. Schaeffer confirmed
that, Mr. O'Connell is receiving medications from the Consolidated Medication Outpatient
Pharmacy and/or the SAVAHCS. He is also receiving medication from the Northern VA Health
Care System (NAVAHCS).
Ms Simmons was surprised that her father was still concerned about
his prescriptions, as he had recently told her that he had resolved the issue. Ms. Schaeffer
provided Ms. Simmons with her contact information if any issues with his medication arise.
The SAVAHCS strives to provide quality and compassionate care to all of our Veterans. We are
very concerned with patient care and the satisfaction of the Veterans we serve. If you have any
questions or concerns regarding this letter, please contact Ms. Bernadette Schaeffer at
(520) 792-1450, extension 5394.
Jonathan Gardner, MPA, FACHE
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
(June 13, 2013)

"I do remember her (The woman from the VA-1 think her name was Bernadette ) being concerned you may be receiving meds from Two seperate VAs - she told me that was a concern of hers andd if you got too much you could bleed."
(Daughter to veteran, June 22, 2014)

"Bernadette thought he may be getting too much medication from 2 VA hospitals and could bleed out (To death) if this was the case."
(Daughter to Veteran, June 24, 2014)



I could not request my medicines through the VA web site because the "0 Refills Remaining" status would not allow it. There were no empty boxes to check. And my direct requests to the Director and the Pharmacist did not get a response. Then, without explanation, two VA's sent me medicine.

VA 1

VA 1 (Tucson VA, SAVAHCS) sent me medicine on May 9, 2013.

VA 2

VA 2 (Prescott VA, NAVAHCS) VA2 sent me medicine on May 1, June 17, and June 28, 2013.