About Quality of Care
Learn more about all of the resources and information the Quality of Care website has to offer.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want to educate Veterans on the conditions that surround mental health and how to seek help if needed.
Understand Your Condition
The first step in treating any medical issue is to learn about the disease. These online resources can help you understand your condition.
What is Quality Care?
“Quality care” has many definitions, but at VA it means:
• The right type of care for your health condition
• Care that results in the best possible outcome for you
• Care delivered with attention to your concerns, needs, and life goals
• Care that keeps you safe from hazards and harm
VA strives to provide the highest quality care possible every day. This site will tell you how we’re doing! For more details about what this site has to offer, please visit our About Quality of Care page.
From VA’s Blog
This VA doctor pioneered modern heart surgery
Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was one of the most influential and innovative heart doctors in the United States. The man whom the Journal of the American Medical Association once called “the greatest surgeon ever” lived to be 99 years old. In that time, he served his country, saved tens of thousands of lives (including his own), and completely revolutionized the way surgeons work on the human heart.
While a surgeon in World War II, he urged that doctors be moved from hospitals to the front, where medics were usually the only aid available. He created what would become known in the Korean War as the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (or “MASH”) unit. The Army awarded him the Legion of Merit for this innovation. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Click on the region below to find out what's new in that area.