Roseburg VA and Cow Creek Tribe strike a deal on vet services

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Cow Creek Tribe made a services agreement with the Veterans Affairs Roseburg Healthcare System Monday, who will reimburse the Cow Creek Wellness Center on healthcare giiven to veterans in the tribe.

Sharon Stanphill, the health director for the Cow Creek Tribe, said the wellness center is now the 39th tribal clinic in the western region to sign a direct health care agreement with the VA.

"This is going to increase access for our tribal veterans here in Douglas County, so tribal members from any tribe here in the country, any federally recognized tribe including of course our own cow creek tribal members will be able to come and get into the clinic at what we hope will be a nice, expedient way," Stanphill said.

Tribal spokeswoman Susan Ferris said this partnership is almost four years in the making.

"This agreement puts reimbursement in place, that increases revenue," said Susan Ferris, a spokeswoman for the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe. "And increased revenue always means that you can do a little more, or maybe a lot more."