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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

Karen Edington checks the blood pressure of her husband, Ray Edington, a Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, at their home in Woonsocket, R.I.

Karen Edington checks the blood pressure of her husband, Ray Edington, a Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, at their home in Woonsocket, R.I., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Ray had an infection that would normally have required a hospital stay for treatment, but he and Karen were offered an alternative through the Hospital-in-Home program. (Providence VA Medical Center photo by Winfield Danielson)

Hospital-in-Home Alternative to Hospital Stay

Ray Edington, a Woonsocket, R.I., resident and Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, had an infection that required intravenous antibiotics. This kind of treatment would normally mean a hospital stay, but he and his wife, Karen Edington, were offered an alternative.

They asked me, 'How would you like to get treatment at home?'" Ray recalled.

One of seven Veterans Health Administration facilities participating in the new program, the Providence VA Medical Center launched an innovative treatment option in August for Veterans like Ray, who are medically stable, but traditionally would have been admitted as inpatients. The Hospital-in-Home program provides hospital-level care in the Veteran's home.  Read more...


Southeast

The new expansion of the Ambulatory Care Center created a separate room for female Veterans to increase privacy for this fast growing portion of Veterans served by Charleston VA.

The new expansion of the Ambulatory Care Center created a separate room for female Veterans to increase privacy for this fast growing portion of Veterans served by Charleston VA.

Personalized health care for Female Veterans

"Women Veterans are the fastest growing segment of our patients at the VA," said Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Chief of Surgical Service Mark Lockett, M.D.  "The VA is becoming increasingly more sophisticated to accommodate female Veterans and they are surprised at the capabilities we have to manage women's health issues."

In 2015, Charleston VA reached a total of 7,233 female Veterans, bringing the number of women Veterans served to more than one tenth of the total patients at the medical center.  Read more...


Midwest

Lovell Federal Health Care Center Simulation Training Specialist Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Garret Bergstrom prepares a trauma manikin by filling it with simulated blood. It can take from a half-hour to three hours to prepare manikins, depending on the level of makeup applied. (Photo by Jayna Legg)

Lovell Federal Health Care Center Simulation Training Specialist Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Garret Bergstrom prepares a trauma manikin by filling it with simulated blood. It can take from a half-hour to three hours to prepare manikins, depending on the level of makeup applied. (Photo by Jayna Legg)

FHCC Simulation Center team branches out

Word is getting out that Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) has high-tech manikins and a team of civilian and military experts who will travel to provide experienced, quality trauma training.

“They are in demand,” said Lisa Baker, program director for the FHCC Simulation Center, about the Sim Center team. In addition to running a hot-ticket Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course every two weeks, the team also hits the road to assist outside agencies, including private hospitals and municipal first-responders.

“We have resources these places don’t have,” said Baker, who noted that increasingly Chicago-based federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement , are requesting trauma-related training from the FHCC Sim Center team. Read more...


Northwest

The new 26,000 square foot Fairview Clinic is located at 1800 NE Market Drive, Fairview, OR 97024.

The new 26,000 square foot Fairview Clinic is located at 1800 NE Market Drive, Fairview, OR 97024. 

New Fairview Clinic Ribbon Cutting March 3, 2016

The brand new Fairview Clinic Ribbon Cutting & Open House is scheduled for March 3, 2016, at 10:30 am. Please join us for this celebration!

The 26,000 square foot Fairview Clinic is replacing the East CBOC with nearly four times the space.  The new facility will have Primary Care services as well as comprehensive Mental Health services, Community Reintegration Program services, enrollment, and pharmacy consultation services. Read more...


Southwest

“Adults with diabetes need to take special care of their feet. They are at risk for foot injuries due to numbness caused by nerve damage and low blood flow to the legs and feet,” said Dr. Elizabeth George-Ninan, examining Army Veteran Walter R. Brown’s feet for complications from diabetes.

“Adults with diabetes need to take special care of their feet. They are at risk for foot injuries due to numbness caused by nerve damage and low blood flow to the legs and feet,” said Dr. Elizabeth George-Ninan, examining Army Veteran Walter R. Brown’s feet for complications from diabetes.

Don’t Tiptoe around Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not effectively use sugar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Of those, more than 8 million have not yet been diagnosed.

Diabetes occurs when you have too much glucose, or sugar, in your blood. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With Type 1 diabetes, your body does not make sufficient insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. Read more...