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VAAAHS Research Service Joins Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Research Service recently became VA’s newest Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites, or NODES, joining nearly 2 dozen other VA Medical Centers (VAMC) across the country.

VAAAHS Research Service

VAAAHS Announces 2021 and 2022 Roger J. Grekin Research Awards

Eve Kerr, MD, MPH, MACP, and Nithya Ramnath, MBBS, to Receive the 2021 and 2022 VAAAHS Roger J. Grekin Research Awards

Eve Kerr, MD, MPH, MACP, (left) and Nithya Ramnath, MBBS

LTC Charles S. Kettles VAMC Emergency Department Team Continues to Exceed Expectations During Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses into its third year, the virus is continuing to show its true toll. Maintaining adequate staffing has proved incredibly challenging for health care systems across the country due to spikes in COVID-19 infections and employee burnout.

Anthony Bono

Validity of International Classification of Diseases Diagnostic Codes for Opioid Use, Dependence and Abuse

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated 2 million people aged 12 or older in the United States met criteria for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Opioid Use Disorder is often defined as the problematic use of opioids that causes clinically significant distress or impairment.

Opioid Use Disorder

Fueling Leadership in Yourself

When considering the challenges in modern healthcare, many people think of the cost of healthcare, health care quality, appointment wait times – issues centered around the patient. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the heavy workload and potential burnout that doctors and nurses face daily.

Fueling Leadership In Yourself

The Non-Veteran Experience at VA hospitals

Southeast Michigan was hit particularly hard by the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in March and April of 2020. Private healthcare systems around the area quickly began to fill to capacity as the coronavirus spread.

Fourth Mission Patient Feedback

Reduce BZD prescriptions from community providers

VA wants to reduce the number of benzodiazepines (BZDs) prescriptions from community providers to Veterans, especially seniors aged 65 older.

Older Veterans are more likely to receive their BZD’s through Part D than from VA.

Diabetes Shared Medical Appointments Show Promise Lowering A1c, other key diabetic markers.

Short-term Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) within routine clinical care demonstrated improved A1c in Veterans with Type-2 diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Diabetes and A1C

Flint Veterans Earns Honorary Doctorate from Tougaloo College

A Flint, Michigan Air-Force Veteran earned an Honorary Doctorate from Tougaloo College May 2nd. Alfred Cook was recognized with eight other colleagues for their life-long commitment to racial equality in the United States.

Alfred Cook

VA mother-daughter nurse team save a life in their neighborhood

It was a fairly typical evening for Linda Longshaw and her daughter Heather Longshaw. The two nurses from the LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center were on their way to dinner. As they turned a corner in the road, they were suddenly flagged down by a group of frantic people in the street.

Linda (left) and Heather Longshaw