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Bay Pines VA Expands Service to Unhoused Veterans

The dawn of a new year often brings with it a desire to evolve, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is no exception to that sentiment. On Jan. 4, 2024, the Bay Pines VA’s Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) brought the organization’s Mobile Medical Unit to the community for the first time.

A group of medical providers stand outside and speak to an unhoused Veteran.

Bay Pines VA Volunteers Contribute Greatly to Positive Care Outcomes

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System needs volunteers to fill many rolls across our healthcare system. No one understands the importance of this role better than Center for Development and Civic Engagement Specialist Edgardo Solivan.

Three people, two men and one woman, stand smiling outside next to the trunk of a car which is filled with donated items.

Undeniable Love Offers Respite for Couple Celebrating Last New Year’s Eve Together at Bay Pines VA

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Roy Prince and his wife, Ginger, have spent the last 14 years celebrating the start of a new year with a kiss. However, the couple’s New Year’s Eve tradition had extra significance as they embraced at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2023.

Photo of Roy and Ginger Prince at bay Pines VA Healthcare

Bay Pines VA Nurse Promotes Giving, Cheer During Holiday Season

A gathering of volunteers, a cluster of bikes, an oversized teddy bear, and a sea of gift sacks was the view encountered at a loading dock on the C.W.Y. VA Medical Center campus on the morning of Dec. 16, 2023.

A young family of four smile for a picture in front of a pile of holiday presents.

Leadership Applauds Bay Pines VA Police’s Leadership, Quick Response During Suspicious Package/IED Threat

Their mission is to protect those who served, and that’s exactly what the Bay Pines VA police service did following the report of a suspicious package at C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, December 12.

Bay Pines VA Leadership

Bay Pines VA Veteran Reminds Other Veterans That You Are Not Alone

Norman Wooten, a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and patient at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System believes raising awareness for suicide prevention is a never-ending labor of love.

Mr. Wooten

Bay Pines VA RN, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Exhibits Gratitude with Delivery of Patriot Award

Sherrie Sanders wears many hats; wife, mother, and eldest child to name a few. At the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, she serves as a registered nurse and care manager within the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) team.

Four women, one in military uniform, stand together smiling after an award presentation.

Once Homeless and Battling Addiction, Bay Pines VA Leader Reaches New Heights as National Trainer of the Year Honoree

Eugene Hairston has spent nearly 25 years working to make amends with himself and others in his life to become the man his Aunt Lena knew he could be.

A man stands outside, smiling, during the daytime with a blazer and his hands clasped casually in front of him.

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, St. Matthews partner to provide Thanksgiving meals to 200 Veterans

Two hundred Florida Veterans and their families will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings this year, thanks to the generosity of St. Matthews House, a Florida-based nonprofit who has been supporting residents in south Florida for 30 years.

Bay Pines VA Social work and HUD-VASH Team

Bay Pines VA Completes 80K Toxic Exposure Screenings Over the Past Year

The rollout of the PACT Act in 2022 created a red-carpet experience for nearly 80 percent of the Veterans enrolled across Bay Pines VA Healthcare System to receive a Toxic Exposure Screening over the past year.

Toxic Exposure Screening