AARP VI Member Appointed to St. Croix Hospital Board

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Two St. Croix residents: Kimberly Jones and Troy deChabert-Schuster, who were recently nominated by Governor John P. DeJongh to serve on the Governor Juan F. Luis (JFL) Hospital Board have sailed through a Rules and Judiciary Legislative confirmation hearing in early August. Their confirmation to the Board will give the hospital the ability to conduct its own business. The hospital lost that ability last year due to some political controversies that resulted in unexpected resignations. The Board, by law, has …

AARP Virgin Islands Partners with VI SHIP on Medicare Training Program

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing St. Croix Virgin Islands seniors on Medicare will soon have a volunteer body of trained Medicare/Medicaid counselors to help them navigate the ever-growing maze of Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance options and issues. St. Croix Volunteers began classes under the tutelage of the Virgin Islands State Health Insurance Program (VISHIP). The new Counselors began their training in late May and completed their intensive training program in late June. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, …

St. Croix Hospital Re-Establishes Patient-Family Council

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   AARP VI State Director, Denyce E. Singleton, joined twenty (20) St. Croix community members and Dr. Kendall Griffith, Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Juan F. Luis Hospital, to serve as a Patient-Family Council (PFC) Ambassador for the hospital’s newly re-established volunteer group focusing on improvement to all hospital programs and services. The Council’s goal, according to Dr. Griffith is to serve as a positive catalyst between the hospital’s patients, their family and the community by ensuring that the …

Sharing Health Data Can Help in Emergency

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Whether you live in the Virgin Islands or just vacation there, sharing information with doctors in the territory just got easier. The Virgin Islands has launched its health information exchange ahead of schedule. The secure electronic network allows doctors, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other providers to share information if they have the patient’s consent. Sharing records electronically can avert duplicate testing and could save time in an emergency. AARP helped plan the program, which may prove especially useful to Virgin …

Loneliness, Does More than Just Make You Sad

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Each of us has experienced the feeling of being alone at some time or another. However, loneliness is the prolonged state of feeling all the negative sensations that go along with the feeling of being persistently alone. Ironically, many people who feel loneliness aren’t actually alone. Instead even though they may be in a crowd, they have allowed themselves to develop the belief that they are social outcasts or losers and that’s why they feel alone. A recent six-year study …

Single-Payer Health Care System?

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Lacking a health insurance marketplace, the U.S. Virgin Islands is considering a legislative proposal to create a single-payer health care system. Nearly 30 percent of Virgin Islanders are uninsured, putting local hospitals under financial strain and leading many individuals to forgo preventive care. The proposal calls for creating a $400 million VI HealthCare program to cover all residents. Proponents say it could be financed with a 5 percent retail sales tax, a 5 percent employee income tax and a 10 …