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What's New at Your VA?

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a new initiative between the Phoenix VA Health Care System, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, that will expand access to high quality and convenient health care services for Veterans in Phoenix and surrounding communities.
Through this initiative, Phoenix VA HCS nurses, when clinically appropriate, will now be able to refer Veterans to MinuteClinic locations for care through the Veterans Choice Program for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

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

Dr. Deborah DiNardo, named 2016 VA Pittsburgh Co-Doctor of the Year, specializes in primary and women’s health care, plus mentors new physicians.Dr. Deborah DiNardo, named 2016 VA Pittsburgh Co-Doctor of the Year, specializes in primary and women’s health care, plus mentors new physicians.

DiNardo VA Pittsburgh 2016 Co-Doctor of the Year

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Primary Care physician Deborah DiNardo splits her time caring for Veterans among many different priorities, but one of her most important is mentoring and coaching future and new VA medical providers.

"Mentorship is one of my favorite parts of what I do," DiNardo said. "We have a number of doctors doing fellowships in the Women's Health Clinic, and serving as a mentor for that group and for four internal medicine residents gives me confidence in the high quality of medical professionals who will be providing care for Veterans for many years to come."   Read more...


Southeast

This digital rendering depicts the prostate (in red) with the radioactive seeds (green) that are implanted to attack the cancerous cells.

This digital rendering depicts the prostate (in red) with the radioactive seeds (green) that are implanted to attack the cancerous cells.

Brachytherapy

Thanks to the nationwide scope of the Veterans Health Administration, a national referral program has allowed Veterans from around the country to descend on the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among American men, who make up the largest population of Veterans. The most common form of treatment in most VA facilities is external beam radiation, a six to nine week process that involves treatments five days a week.   Read more...


Midwest

Dr. Kris Ensrud and her father, E. Richard Ensrud, MD, a Korean War VeteranDr. Kris Ensrud and her father, E. Richard Ensrud, MD, a Korean War Veteran

Dr. Ensrud Named To Prestigious Physicians Group

Kristine Ensrud, MD, MPH, a Minneapolis VA and University of Minnesota physician/researcher, was inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians at its annual meeting April 23 in Chicago.

Dr. Ensrud is a Core Investigator, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research; a Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA Health Care System; a Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.  Read more...


Northwest

You can quickly find where to get help for PTSD with the mobile PTSD Coach app.You can quickly find where to get help for PTSD with the mobile PTSD Coach app.

PTSD Coach App Shows Success

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has affected many of our brothers and sisters in uniform. Unfortunately, for many Veterans, PTSD often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Many Veterans perceive that society attaches a stigma to mental illness and that perception results in an unwillingness or inability of the Veteran to share their mental struggles and get assistance.

Several years ago, a group of gifted staff from the VA Palo Alto campus, including Dr. Eric Kuhn, a clinical psychologist, created a way for potential PTSD sufferers to receive assistance in the privacy of their home. They developed an iPhone or Android application (app) called PTSD Coach. Simply put, its purpose was to help Veterans understand and manage their PTSD symptoms.  Read more...


Southwest

Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Phoenix VA Chief of Staff, speaks to event attendees and the media about the new program. She is surrounded by (from left) Dr. Tobias Barker, CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer; U.S. Senator John McCain; David McIntyre, CEO of Triwest Healthcare Alliance; and Reggie Yates, direcdtor of Unified Arizona Veterans.Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Phoenix VA Chief of Staff, speaks to event attendees and the media about the new program. She is surrounded by (from left) Dr. Tobias Barker, CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer; U.S. Senator John McCain; David McIntyre, CEO of Triwest Healthcare Alliance; and Reggie Yates, direcdtor of Unified Arizona Veterans.

Phoenix VA, CVS, Triwest expand Veteran care

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a new initiative between the Phoenix VA Health Care System, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, that will expand access to high quality and convenient health care services for Veterans in Phoenix and surrounding communities.

Through this initiative, Phoenix VA HCS nurses, when clinically appropriate, will now be able to refer Veterans to MinuteClinic locations for care through the Veterans Choice Program for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.  Read more...