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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

Veterans Integrated Health Care Addition Opening

Veterans Integrated Health Care Addition Opening

Veterans Integrated Health Care Addition Opening

Manchester VA Medical Center (Manchester VAMC) is proud to announce the opening of a Veterans Integrated Health Care Addition. The new addition is a 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art space dedicated to the delivery of Veteran health care, including Nurse First (expedited care provided by a registered nurse to resolve minor health concerns), Primary Care, and Mental Health services.

The new addition located on the main campus at 718 Smyth Road, in Manchester, NH includes:

• Handicap parking at public entrance with curb side drop off and wheelchair access
• 32 Evaluation Rooms
• Group treatment conference room with telehealth/video capacity
• Secure tele-video conferencing equipment, allowing Veterans to receive care remotely Read more...


Southeast

Orlando VAMC to Open First Lake Nona Campus Clinic Feb. 24

Orlando VAMC to Open First Lake Nona Campus Clinic Feb. 24

First Lake Nona Campus Clinic Opens Feb 24

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando VAMC is moving its Lake Nona Annex to the new Lake Nona Hospital and Clinic Campus Feb. 24, marking the first offering of primary care services to Central Florida’s Veterans on the new campus.

The Lake Nona Annex, located at northeast corner of Narcoossee and Moss Park Road, serves more than 900 Veterans annually. The projected move will place a like number of Veteran patients at the new Hospital and Clinic campus in the clinical section of the new facility.

Construction on the new Orlando VA Medical Center, which began in 2008, is nearing completion and the VA has begun a commissioning process to assure that the physical plant equipment installation is properly completed.  This phase is expected to run approximately 120 days.  Read more...


Midwest

Minneapolis VA-Based Tele-ICU Expands Using Chicago Docs

Minneapolis VA-Based Tele-ICU Expands Using Chicago Docs

Minneapolis VA-Based Tele-ICU Expands

A Tele-Intensive Care Unit (Tele-ICU) based at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is expanding to smaller VA facilities throughout the Midwest thanks to a unique collaboration with the Hines VA in Chicago.

The Tele-ICU is a form of telemedicine in which caregivers, called intensivists, serve as a second set of eyes using technology such as two-way cameras, video monitors, microphones and smart alarms to provide an additional layer of critical care service.

The Minneapolis VA Tele-ICU opened in 2011 serving medical centers in six states. It was the first in the VA system. Since then, service has expanded to 13 medical centers in nine states. But further expansion has been limited because of a scarcity of qualified intensive care unit physicians.  Read more...


Northwest

Dr. Christopher Slatore, MD, MS and Dr. Mark Deffebach, MD stand next to a CT scanner, like those used in their research.

Dr. Christopher Slatore, MD, MS and Dr. Mark Deffebach, MD stand next to a CT scanner, like those used in their research.

Lung Cancer - new research

It has been known for years that smoking causes most lung cancer - after it causes the cancer, smoking blocks your body from fighting it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly nine out of ten men who die from lung cancer are smokers.

Portland is one of eight VA facilities chosen to develop a comprehensive a lung cancer screening system so we can provide high-quality care to high-risk Veterans. In addition to determining how best to care for Portland area Veterans, we will provide information that will help determine the best practices for lung cancer screening that may be used throughout the U.S.

Among middle-aged smokers, lung cancer is the cause of 33 percent of overall mortality.  Veterans have an even higher lung cancer incidence and mortality than the general population, and in 2007, almost 5,000 Veterans were treated for lung cancer in VA facilities.  Read more...


Southwest

Veterans at SAVAHCS participating in Yoga class to improve their health and wellbeing

Veterans at SAVAHCS participating in Yoga class to improve their health and wellbeing

Yoga for Veterans- A Choice to Improve Health

Yoga is an ancient system of physical postures and movement combined with breath, intended to bring peace of mind and well-being. It is not a religion. People of all faiths and beliefs practice yoga to increase health and wellness.

Charis Domador, CYI, a Connected Warriors and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) volunteer, travels to the Tucson campus every Tuesday to lead Veterans who have chosen to practice yoga in order to improve their health.  Veterans register for this class for their own reasons; however, most registers to find ways to manage their pain, stress, or gain flexibility and strength. Veterans can come once weekly, as they choose.   They register for the class through their PACT teams.  Read more...