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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

Stem cells within the limbus of the human eye

Stem cells within the limbus of the human eye can now be purified with the help of an antibody.

Stem Cells that Enhance Corneal Growth

A Boston-based scientific collaborative, led by Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers, has discovered a way to collect the best cell type for regenerating a damaged cornea—the clear membrane that covers the pupil and directs light into the back of the eye. The investigators report in the journal Nature that purified human stem cells can be used to improve long-term vision in mice. The team is now pursuing FDA-approval for the technique before moving on to clinical trials.

The study, lead by co-senior investigators Natasha Frank, MD, and Markus Frank, MD, was a highly collaborative effort, with work done at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. Read more...


Southeast

Reggie Oandasan, Richmond VA Medical Center dialysis nurse completes the dialysis treatment process Aug. 6 by verifying blood data as Veteran dialysis patient Norble Hatcher relaxes. Hatcher receives his treatments on the second shift.

Reggie Oandasan, Richmond VA Medical Center dialysis nurse completes the dialysis treatment process Aug. 6 by verifying blood data as Veteran dialysis patient Norble Hatcher relaxes. Hatcher receives his treatments on the second shift. The dialysis unit expansion will add 17 additional chairs (Veterans Affairs photo by Steve Goetsch/Released)

Richmond holds dialysis groundbreaking

Construction on the dialysis unit expansion at Richmond VA Medical Center is set to begin later this month. The center held a ground breaking Aug. 1 to inform and showcase the project to patients and staff.

The biggest change Veterans will see is an improvement in dialysis chair availability. After phase two is complete, the dialysis unit will increase the number of chronic dialysis outpatients it treats from 45 to approximately 85. That sits well with patient and Army Veteran Rochester Wise who has been receiving dialysis at Richmond for the last two years. “I get care here and at an offsite unit because I like to go to Atlantic City,” Wise said. “The transition between the VA and offsite is smooth and they treat me well here.” Read more...

 


Midwest

Veteran Bruce Welsch is checking out the new check in kiosks!

Veteran Bruce Welsch is checking out the new check in kiosks!

Check Out the Check In Kiosks!

The Kansas City VAMC has installed 18 kiosks throughout the medical center and Honor Annex.  These kiosks will help reduce the Veteran's wait time and allow the Veteran to get to their appointment faster. Veterans can check in for their appointments, update their demographics and view and print future appointments by using the kiosk.  In the future we will be adding an option for them to make Release of Information requests, Pharmacy Refill requests, and Beneficial Travel requests. Read more...

 


Northwest

Community Garden volunteers

Those who volunteer harvest what they grow and spend time in a healing environment. Pictured from left: Michael, Mike, therapist Bill Clift, and Mike.

Veterans' Community Garden – A Place to Heal

For 8 years now the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has hosted a Veterans' Community Garden on site. Not only does it offer a variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, Veteran patients who volunteer working in the garden say they also reap a another benefit—a sense of peace and healing.

“We broke ground in 2006, and since then this garden has given our Veterans a place to plant, care for what they plant, and a purpose,” says Bill Clift, mental health therapist at SFVAMC. Read more...

 


Southwest

Veteran Harold Shaver is examined by Sarah Seyfer, M.D.

Veteran Harold Shaver is examined by Sarah Seyfer, M.D. Photo By: Tami Schutter, Public Affairs Trainee

New Dermatology Clinic Open to Veterans

Veterans coming to Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) for Dermatology treatment will now receive their care in a spacious, modern new clinic on the second floor of the Medical Center.  Earlier this month MEDVAMC opened a new state-of-the-art Dermatology Clinic to offer expanded services to area Veterans seeking care for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

“We are so proud to be able to serve our Veterans in this beautiful new clinic,” said Ted Rosen, MD, Chief of Dermatology Service.  “We are able to offer more space, with better flow, which allows us to work more efficiently.  With an increased number of Veterans seeking Dermatology care, this new clinic will allow us to provide them with top quality healthcare in a timely manner.” Read more...