Doctors at Iowa Veterans Home
The Iowa Veterans Home employs full-time staff primary care physicians. Each resident has a Doctor who is responsible for medical care. The Doctors have assistants called Physician Assistants (or PAs), and Nurse Practitioners who carry out many routine medical duties. Patients' Doctors order the necessary medications, order diets, and special services such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc. The Doctor will send patients to a hospital (for example, VA or University Hospitals) for more difficult problems that need more study or if the patient needs surgery or hospital care. Additional Doctors are discussed below.