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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

Dr. Alice Beal with patient and students.

Dr. Alice Beal with patient and students.

Awesome

“She’s awesome,” is how Dr. Lorena Layrisse-Lndaeta, a Resident in Clinical Care at SUNY Downstate, describes Dr. Alice Beal, Director of Palliative Care at VANYHHS and Asst. Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY Downstate. “She teaches us more than just palliative care.”

“Asking difficult questions of her patients and families, and answering straightforwardly with great compassion is a key element of Dr. Alice Beal’s remarkable effectiveness as a teacher. Her students, physicians of the future, learn by watching what she does and discussing what they observe. They think about how she is guiding them.  Read more...


Southeast

Navy Veteran Fred Colby talks with hospital staff members Registered Nurse Eyanna Stocking, Assistant Nurse Manager Sonji Blanks and Clinical Nurse Educator Jerell Showers in his room at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Community Living Center.

Navy Veteran Fred Colby talks with hospital staff members Registered Nurse Eyanna Stocking, Assistant Nurse Manager Sonji Blanks and Clinical Nurse Educator Jerell Showers in his room at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Community Living Center.

Veteran loves his care at JAHVH

Navy Veteran Fred Colby doesn’t know what the outcome of his cancer treatment will be, but one thing he’s certain about is that the level of care and commitment he’s receiving at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is top-notch.

The retired senior chief petty officer is currently an inpatient in the hospital’s Community Living Center while he undergoes treatment and physical therapy for cancer that has moved into his spine. He was first diagnosed about 17 years ago but the disease has spread in the last two years.  Read more...


Midwest

Marion VA Veterans and Registered Dietician Melaina Lane get together for at least one hour a week to exercise and talk about nutrition during our Sit N' Fit classes.

Marion VA Veterans and Registered Dietician Melaina Lane get together for at least one hour a week to exercise and talk about nutrition during our Sit N' Fit classes.

Vet loses over 50 pounds with Sit N Fit Classes

Called "Sit N’ Fit" or just plain "chair aerobics," the Marion VA offers classes geared towards Veterans who are at a beginner fitness level or have physical limitations that make traditional exercise difficult.

"A lot of the fitness programs take a big-time commitment or are geared for people who are at advanced fitness levels," explains Melaina Lane, a Registered Dietician who works at the Marion VA Medical Center, “this is an enjoyable program that keeps you moving, motivated and looking forward to the next class. This is something for everyone."   Read more...


Northwest

A new pilot partnership between VAPAHCS and CVS MinuteClinic makes quality care available right in your neighborhood.

A new pilot partnership between VAPAHCS and CVS MinuteClinic makes quality care available right in your neighborhood.

VA Palo Alto Partners with CVS Pharmacies

With a large continuum of care that attributes to high satisfaction scores across the board, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System understands the power behind collaborating with the community to provide better care for Veterans. A new pilot partnership between VAPAHCS and CVS MinuteClinic does just that, making the same quality of care available right in your neighborhood.

The pilot program is a first in VA healthcare, allowing enrolled Veterans to receive a broad range of free services at 14 participating CVS pharmacies within Northern California, even during the evening and on the weekends.    Read more...


Southwest

Deborah Amdur, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, speaks with media at the partnership announcement event.

Deborah Amdur, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, speaks with media at the partnership announcement event.

Phoenix VA, Banner Health become surgical partners

The Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner Health have become partners in surgery through a unique public/private partnership that will help expedite surgical care to Veterans in the Phoenix area.

More than two dozen physicians with the PVAHCS, including surgeons and anesthesiologists, will perform surgeries at the facility. Examples of the types of outpatient surgeries that will be performed include orthopedic surgery, gynecological surgery, podiatric surgery and general surgery procedures.

“We are going to have VA physicians as well as nurse case managers working side by side with the clinical, technical and administrative staff from Banner Health,” said Deborah Amdur, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.  Read more...