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What's New at Your VA?

VA is constantly working to provide more excellent service and care for Veterans. This includes new programs and initiatives, advanced training, and renovations and improvements to enhance health care facilities. Each VA project is an opportunity to improve the delivery of services to America's heroes. Featured below are some of the exciting improvements in quality of care taking place around the country:  Click on the region below to find out what's new in that area.

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Northeast

A chef prepares a healthy food demonstration in the Medical Center's new Teaching Kitchen.

A chef prepares a healthy food demonstration in the Medical Center's new Teaching Kitchen.

Veterans' Teaching Kitchen

One of the first steps in adopting a healthy lifestyle is learning to plan healthy meals and to cook nutritional foods at home.  This learning process is about to become a lot easier and a lot more fun with the opening of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Teaching Kitchen.

The cooking classes, taught by Registered Dietitians, will feature live cooking demonstrations, hands-on training and food safety tips.  According to Chief, Nutrition and Food Service, Sue- Ann Forde, the classes are going to fulfill a vital need for DC area Veterans.

“A lot of Veterans don’t know how to cook fresh, healthy food. So they turn to processed ready-made meals or fast food restaurants,” said Ms. Forde. The classes at the Teaching Kitchen will help Veterans learn the basics of healthy food preparation. For many Veterans, especially those with diabetes or heart disease, learning to prepare low-fat and nutritious meals at home is a necessity to staying well. Read more...


Southeast

Dorn VAMC Logistic staff photograph. Taken in 2013. By Ken Holt

Dorn VAMC Logistic staff photograph. Taken in 2013. By Ken Holt

Logistics Keeps Care Going at Dorn VAMC

Everything that moves within the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) has had logistics involvement in some fashion and the employees in the Logistic Service truly believe they are the heartbeat of the facility focusing on every Veteran and service line.

This is the daily challenge that faces the Dorn VAMC in Columbia, S.C. To have a successful Logistics Service, it is important to span boundaries, have social awareness, be accommodating, and flexible to lead change that transcends boundaries.

It is a big job to keep a hospital stocked and equipped with the necessary supplies and equipment to provide services to our patients.  Preparing for the unknown takes significant coordination and teamwork. To ensure success, it takes a staff of Logistic Specialists who ensure needs are met, often before it is even realized. Read more...


Midwest

The new C4 Cardiac Telemetry Unit is fully staffed with nurses and nurse assistants.

The new C4 Cardiac Telemetry Unit is fully staffed with nurses and nurse assistants.

New C4 Telemetry Unit Opens at Detroit VA

On December 1st, the Detroit VA Healthcare System took another enormous leap forward in terms of excellence in care for our critical patients, when the C4 Cardiac Telemetry Unit opened. This is a 9-med fully monitored unit for cardiac patients.

A telemetry unit is a unit in a hospital where patients are under continuous electronic monitoring. Telemetry is the practice of sending electronic signals from one place to another and it allows hospital staff to monitor things like heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other things both at the patient’s bedside and in a specially equipped nurse’s station.   Read more...


Northwest

One of the two new DAV vans that were donated to VASLCHCS Veterans Transportation Service

One of the two new DAV vans that were donated to VASLCHCS Veterans Transportation Service

New DAV/VTS Vans for VASLCHCS Veterans

On November 12th, 2014, I had the Honor of handing over the keys to two brand new Ford vehicles to be added to the growing VA Salt Lake City Health Care System fleet used to transport Veterans from the far reaches of Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. As I handed the keys to the Medical Centers Director, Steve Young, I said it was an Honor to once again be adding to the Disabled American Veterans/ Veterans Transportation Service (DAV/VTS), and that it was my fervent wish that this union of resources and needs would continue to flourish long into the future.

The distinctive colors and designs on these new vehicles reflect the ever changing dynamic of VA and DAV in meeting the needs of our new Veterans. The design and colors can be spotted at long distances, and immediately identified as belonging to the VA hospital and representing Americas Veteran population. Read more...


Southwest

Doctors and patient reconnect after successful surgery

Doctors and patient reconnect after successful surgery

First VA in Nation to perform Mitraclip surgery

"I wanted to live, that is what I wanted to do, I wanted to live" says, Morris Edward Baker. Baker, an Army Veteran, has much to be thankful for. He was the first Veteran to undergo MitraClip surgery at the VA North Texas. MitraClip Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair System is the first device available to safely perform percutaneous mitral valve repair.

Baker knew something was wrong when he was having difficulty breathing. "I was having bad shortness of breath. I couldn’t walk further than the front of the VA building to the lab. That’s how I knew that something was wrong," says Baker. He then told his Primary Care doctor of his shortness of breath and was immediately referred to Cardiology where Baker was told about a condition called Mitral Regurgitation. Read more...