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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

Ask a family member or friend to help you and become your advisor or supporter during your hospital visit.

Ask a family member or friend to help you and become your advisor or supporter during your hospital visit.

Be an Active Partner in Your VA Care

The VA Maryland Healthcare System is committed to providing safe, quality and compassionate care for our Veterans. As we strive to make your hospital visit a positive experience, we invite you to become an active participant in your care. Please consider the following measures to help promote patient safety during your hospital visit:The new addition located on the main campus at 718 Smyth Road, in Manchester, NH includes:

• Make sure the treatment you receive is for you. Ask your doctor or nurse about the treatments you receive and why.
• If you do not understand something, do not be afraid to ASK questions.
• Know about your illness and treatment plan. Read more...


Southeast

Capt. Anne Lear, Naval Hospital Beaufort commanding officer; Scott Isaacks, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center director; Jack Lesher, dermatologist; and Charles Sepich, VA Southeast Network director, cut the ribbon to officially open the VA-DoD Dermatology Clinic during a ceremony Feb. 26. The clinic, located at Naval Hospital Beaufort, will serve VA patients as well as active duty service members and their families.

Capt. Anne Lear, Naval Hospital Beaufort commanding officer; Scott Isaacks, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center director; Jack Lesher, dermatologist; and Charles Sepich, VA Southeast Network director, cut the ribbon to officially open the VA-DoD Dermatology Clinic during a ceremony Feb. 26. The clinic, located at Naval Hospital Beaufort, will serve VA patients as well as active duty service members and their families.

Dermatology VA-DoD Clinic Opens at Naval Hospital

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Naval Hospital Beaufort officially opened a shared Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Dermatology Clinic at the Naval Hospital Feb. 26 to serve Veterans, service members and military dependents.

The VA-DoD Dermatology Clinic, which will be staffed by a VA dermatologist, licensed practical nurse and administrative specialist, is funded through the Federal government's Joint Incentive Fund. In 2006, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Naval Hospital Beaufort joined forces with Naval Health Clinic Charleston and the Air Force's 628th Medical Group to form the Lowcountry Federal Healthcare Alliance. Recognized as a VA-DoD Joint Venture site in 2012, this group has partnered to successfully implement approximately 10 shared clinics providing such services as Optometry, Ophthalmology, Mobile MRI, Laboratory, Radiology, and other services to VA and DoD beneficiaries throughout the Lowcountry. Read more...


Midwest

Marine Corps Veteran, Paul Lehr, visits the surgical team one week after undergoing a successful TAVR procedure on Wed, Jan 9, 2015, at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System’s Hybrid Open Heart Surgical Suite/Catheterization Laboratory.

Marine Corps Veteran, Paul Lehr, visits the surgical team one week after undergoing a successful TAVR procedure on Wed, Jan 9, 2015, at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System’s Hybrid Open Heart Surgical Suite/Catheterization Laboratory.

New State-of-the-Art TAVR Procedure a Success

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) discharged its first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) patient only 48 hours after surgery.

Marine Corps Veteran, Paul Lehr, underwent a successful TAVR procedure on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at the Ann Arbor VA’s Hybrid Open Heart Surgical Suite/Catheterization Laboratory.

“I feel great,” said Lehr. “I have no pain.”

The healthcare system’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Eric Young, said TAVR is a minimally invasive, state-of-the-art surgical procedure that replaces a diseased heart valve without removing the old, damaged valve.

According to Dr. Young, a multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, operating room nurses, anesthesiologists, imaging experts and a host of other specialists manipulate catheters to insert a replacement valve into the old valve’s place.  Read more...


Northwest

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Beyond the data are the lives of Soldiers and families these scientists hope to someday touch.

Denver VAMC Announces Groundbreaking Research Initiative

The Denver VA Medical Center has joined forces with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) and Florida State University to develop a strategic suicide prevention research plan, which incorporates efforts from civilian and Department of Defense entities to integrate, synchronize and implement a multidisciplinary research approach to suicide prevention.

USAMRMC awarded $17 million to the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). Internationally recognized researchers Peter Gutierrez, Ph.D. of the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. of Florida State University, will bring their expertise to MSRC as the consortium co-directors.  Each affiliated institution was awarded $8.5 million to address this urgent public health issue across the military and the general population.  Read more...


Southwest

Mr. Chile is a high-fidelity simulator.

Mr. Chile is a high-fidelity simulator.

Training the Next Generation

Nurses at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque are using a high-tech training partner to simulate some very realistic medical situations.  Lying on a hospital bed and wearing a shaggy hair style, “Mr. Chile” looks nearly human.  In reality, Mr. Chile is a high-fidelity simulator.

Simulation allows health care providers to train in a realistic situation without risk to a live patient. A high-fidelity simulator like Mr. Chile is a lifelike mannequin with the ability to speak, sweat, cough, breathe, and even experience seizures or cardiac/respiratory arrest.  When activated, Mr. Chile’s chest naturally moves up and down, just like a real patient.  It also has a pulse, blinks its eyes, and has pupillary responses to light.  A computer connected to the simulator can be programmed for a variety of patient conditions, allowing for a wide range of scenarios when health care providers train with the simulator.  Read more...