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.
Cumberland County CBOC Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Wilmington VA Medical Center is pleased to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the new location of its Cumberland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Mon., May 9.
The current Cumberland County CBOC is located at 1051 W. Sherman Ave., Bldg. 3, Vineland, N.J. and serves about 2,900 veterans with primary care, behavioral health, social work, telehealth, and specialty services. Read more...
McGuire Physician Leads Lung Cancer Clinical Trial
The Veterans Health Administration approved $25.2 million to fund a lung cancer clinical trial led by Richmond VA Medical Center Radiation Oncologist Dr. Drew Moghanaki.
The study will investigate whether or not a new form of treatment for lung cancer may substitute the need for surgery. The new type of lung cancer treatment is known as stereotactic radiotherapy. Read more...
Meet the Heart Failure Team
Helen Feldker, Nurse Practitioner, knows a thing or two about heart failure. After graduating with her Masters of Science in Nursing in 1993, she began working at Truman VA as an advanced practice nurse. She has been working with heart failure patients since 1994 and helped establish the heart failure clinic at Truman VA in September 2005.
Heart failure is what occurs when the heart cannot pump the amount of blood that the body needs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure in the United States. Read more...
Next Generation of Prostheses for Veteran Amputees
VA Researchers Take the First Step in the Next Generation of Prostheses for Veteran Amputees
Researchers and physicians hold their collective breath as Veteran Ed S. clicks his new prosthetic leg into place and stands on it for the first time.
“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this is day is here, it’s so surreal, I have goosebumps.” Says Dr. Sarina Sinclair, a key researcher on the team.
And then fist pumps all around as Ed jokes about the Hokey Pokey dance being a whole lot easier now. In 2004, Ed’s platoon was ambushed by the enemy while out on patrol in Iraq. Two rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s) penetrated his patrol vehicle. His left leg was so badly damaged it later had to be amputated just above the knee. Read more...
A Focus on Patient Safety
When Veterans check into a VA medical center for their appointments, they should not be worried that they may be mistaken for another patient and receive the wrong surgical procedure. To emphasize the seriousness of that situation, staff at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque recently held a Safety Fair.
Improving the accuracy of patient identification was just one of several National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) focused on during the three-day fair. The NPSGs were developed by the Joint Commission. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Read more...