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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

L. Gale Bell, RN, Women Veterans Program Manager

L. Gale Bell, RN, Women Veterans Program Manager

Women's Health Pavilion


Women are the fastest growing group of Veterans and more than 14,000 women are currently enrolled for health care at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The staff of the newly-renovated Women’s Health Suite provides compassionate and comprehensive health care in a welcoming environment. The Women’s Health Suite also offers state-of-the-art technology and complementary treatments like 3-D mammography, acupuncture, meditation  and a variety of support groups.

To schedule an appointment with the Women’s Health Suite, call our Patient Service Center, 202-745-8577.  

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Southeast

About 15 Veterans participate in a monthly Amputee Support Group meeting at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's Community Living Center located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.

About 15 Veterans participate in a monthly Amputee Support Group meeting at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's Community Living Center located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.

Amputee Support Group Brings Hope, Enhances Life

Ten fingers, ten toes, two arms and two legs are physical attributes of the human body that most people take for granted. Whether walking up and down stairs, taking a light morning jog, typing on a keyboard or simply getting out of bed and walking to the kitchen, these daily functions, for most people, are seamless.

Meet the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Amputee Support group – a small, family-like assemblage of Veterans who meet in a small rehab wing located in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.

The Veterans who currently attend the monthly meetings have single or double leg amputations – some above the knee and some below. The group’s focus is not to talk about their physical abilities that many of the members enjoyed in the past; rather they share experiences, explore resources and learn how to make the best of their lives today and in the future. The group’s activities are not limited to the CLC. Routinely members of the group participate in recovery-based recreational activities hosted by VA and community partners like fishing, sailing, adaptive sports and more.  Read more...


Midwest

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New ENT Procedures

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) now offers several new minimally-invasive procedures to help treat blocked sinuses in Veterans who suffer from chronic Sinusitis.

Each year, millions of Americans suffer from at least one episode of acute Sinusitis, making it one of the most common health conditions in the nation. Sinusitis can cause symptoms such as loss of smell and taste, difficulty sleeping and breathing, runny nose and infections.

Historically, patients with acute or chronic Sinusitis would often undergo painful surgeries requiring anesthesia, and performed in an operating room.  However, thanks to the adoption of new techniques and technologies, ICVAHCS recently introduced several procedures that can be performed in a physician’s office under local anesthesia, including: use of a Microdebrider, Balloon Sinuplasty, and steroid-releasing implants.  Read more...


Northwest

Veterans take a break after planting, watering, and harvesting at the Veterans' Community Garden.

Veterans take a break after planting, watering, and harvesting at the Veterans' Community Garden. Would you like to experience a calm, healing space and spend a little time in the great outdoors helping plants to grow? To learn more, call Bill Clift at (415) 221-4810, ext. 4922.

Vets ‘Reap What They Sow’ at VA Community Garden

Artichokes, strawberries, roses and more—they’re growing for our Veterans at the Veterans' Community Garden at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Veterans who volunteer harvest what they plant and spend time in a healing environment.

For nine years now, SFVAMC has hosted an onsite Veterans' Community Garden. Not only does it offer a variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, Veteran patients who volunteer in the garden say they also reap another benefit—a sense of peace and healing.

“The Veterans’ Garden is a place where our Veterans can find a sense of purpose, work with their hands, connect with other Veterans and reap the benefits of their hard work,” says mental health therapist Bill Clift. “The garden has a calming affect for Veterans in our substance abuse treatment program, for Veterans who have post traumatic stress, and for Veterans who may be experiencing other mental health issues. It’s an educational experience that encourages Veterans to apply what they do here to their personal lives to embrace a healthier lifestyle.”  Read more...


Southwest

A nurse checks a woman Veteran’s blood pressure.

A nurse checks a woman Veteran’s blood pressure.

Meeting the Needs of Women Veterans

The Women Veterans Health Program within the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) ensures all women Veterans experience timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care in a sensitive and safe environment.  With the recent lifting of the ban on women in military combat roles, the variety of potential battlefield injuries and the volume of women Veterans will undoubtedly continue to expand.  Maintaining a high standard of quality care means increasing services to keep up with a growing number of female patients.

The Women Veterans Health Program provides primary care for both chronic and acute illnesses.  General health programs are also provided.  These general health programs include birth control, gynecological care, maternity care, cancer screenings, mammograms, a “stop smoking” program, comprehensive primary care, wellness and healthy living, infertility evaluation and treatment, menopause evaluation and treatment, osteoporosis screening and treatment, and nutrition and weight management.    Read more...