One of VA's ongoing missions is to provide a positive health care experience for all Veterans. That mission includes focusing on Veterans' needs, working with health care providers who want to make a difference, and providing a safe healing environment.
Below are some stories from both Veterans and VA health care providers that illustrate the many ways VA is committed to creating a positive health care experience:
The first Nightingale Award was presented in 1920. It is often referred to as the, “Academy Awards” of nursing by those serving in this challenging career. The award is national and recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence for registered nurses throughout the United States.
Recently, the Louisiana Nurses Foundation hosted the Annual Nightingale Awards Gala. Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) employee Ryan Jacobsen was recognized as the Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year, for the state. The elegant event was attended by 380 nurses from the state of Louisiana. Family members, colleagues and healthcare workers from across the state gathered in support of this special event honoring a group of professionals dedicated to health and life safety.
Don Crowe, Air Force Veteran in the MOVE Program
MOVE Program – Helping Veterans Get Healthy
The MOVE! Weight Management Program has been a part of the VA for over 10 years. The MOVE Program encourages healthy eating, increased activity and improves the lives of our Veterans. It is NOT a diet; it is a lifestyle choice.
Don Crowe, an Air Force Veteran signed up for the MOVE Program in October 2015 and he has already lost over 20 lbs. He went to his Primary Care Provider (PCP) and was informed that he had elevated liver function and he needed to lose weight to improve his health. Don was very skeptical about the MOVE Program because he had tried other programs and diets in the past and none of them worked.