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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

In late 2012, Eric began treatment at VA Butler Healthcare for PTSD and alcohol/substance abuse.

In late 2012, Eric began treatment at VA Butler Healthcare for PTSD and alcohol/substance abuse. He completed 12 weeks of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). “To this day it is one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done for myself," he said.

Overcoming Mental Health Challenges

If you or a Veteran you know is dealing with the challenges of a mental health disorder such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance abuse, there are a wide variety of treatment options available at VA Butler Healthcare. One of those options is Evidence Based Treatments (EBT).

Evidence Based Treatments are specific behavioral health treatments that have been shown to be effective in research trials. EBTs are usually short term, somewhat structured, and involve active participation by the Veteran (including doing short homework assignments) in order to obtain the greatest benefit. However, this does not mean that standard or alternative treatments not listed as an “Evidence Based Treatment” are not effective; it simply means that an Evidence Based Treatment has substantial research support for any one particular mental health psychiatric diagnosis.  Read more...

 


Southeast

staff members Michael T. Hopkins, M.D., medical oncologist and certified Nuclear Medicine technologists Sherry Dunn and Javanika Shah

Xofigo was introduced at Hampton VAMC by Dr. Tapan K. Chaudhuri, clinical director of Nuclear Medicine at Hampton VAMC in collaboration with staff members Michael T. Hopkins, M.D., medical oncologist and certified Nuclear Medicine technologists Sherry Dunn and Javanika Shah.

Hampton First in VISN to Use New Cancer Treatment

Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) became the first medical center in VISN 6 to use a newly-approved medical treatment for bone cancer and pain caused by prostate cancer.  Xofigo was introduced at Hampton VAMC by Dr. Tapan K. Chaudhuri, clinical director of Nuclear Medicine at Hampton VAMC in collaboration with staff members Michael  T. Hopkins, M.D., medical oncologist and certified Nuclear Medicine technologists  Sherry Dunn and Javanika Shah.

Xofigo is a radiation treatment that targets the tumors in bone.   Xofigo (or radium Ra 223 dichloride) was approved by the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in May 2013 based on the results of a study of 809 men with advanced prostate cancer.  “Xofigo binds with minerals in the bone to deliver radiation directly to bone tumors, limiting the damage to the surrounding normal tissues,” said Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Read more...


Midwest

VA St Louis Health Care System has been recognized as a Joint Commission 2013 Top Performer!

VA St Louis Health Care System has been recognized as a Joint Commission 2013 Top Performer!

VA St Louis Health Care System Recognized

VA St Louis Health Care System, has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. VA St. Louis Health Care System was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions including heart attack; heart failure; pneumonia; surgical care; children’s asthma; stroke; venous thromboembolism; and inpatient psychiatric services.   Read more...

 


Northwest

new state-of-the-art Mental Health Center.

 

Celebrating Expansion

November 7, 2014 is a day to celebrate a milestone in healthcare excellence.

VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) unveils a new state-of-the-art Mental Health Center.

Veterans will benefit from a streamlined treatment setting for Intensive Outpatient and Substance Use Disorder Programs, Group and Recreational Therapies and the Buprenorphine Treatment, currently offered on the seventh floor of the Fresno VA Medical Center.

The new 13,507 square feet facility offers two conference, two group and 24 individual rooms. In addition, the development will integrate the surrounding rural communities, through collaboration with the Merced, Oakhurst and Tulare clinics. Read more...


Southwest

Licensed Vocational Nurses Daisy Gonzalez and Kristie Bailey work with advancing technologies to get Veterans the best care

Licensed Vocational Nurses Daisy Gonzalez and Kristie Bailey work with advancing technologies to get Veterans the best care

Health Tech

It has been said that time is money.  The price for most things in this world seems to be both—time and money.  When it comes to health care, the Amarillo VA wants to make sure Veterans are benefitting from the latest technology to save.

Telehealth is real-time video monitors which feature attachments like stethoscopes, otoscopes, and Doppler devices to allow Veterans to be seen by specialists miles away from where they are standing.  This means that Veterans who get their health care at the Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Dalhart, Texas can have visits with primary care physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, and even cardiologists. Read more...