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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Recognized for Excellence in Sterile Processing

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is the latest recipient of the Ron Hesch Mission First Award.

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Bay Pines VA Reaches Milestone in Support of Million Veteran Program

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has reached its latest achievement, surpassing 23,000 Veterans registered as part of the U.S. Department of Affairs’ Million Veteran Program (MVP).

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Bay Pines VA Honors Women Veterans with New Recognition Wall

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has spent the last nine months raising awareness of women Veterans as part of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ year-long celebration of 100 years of health care to women.

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The standard for 24/7/365 Virtual Urgent Care

The need for health care doesn’t stop just because it’s 5:00 p.m., the weekend, or a holiday. In fact, the busiest time for both urgent care clinics and emergency rooms is early afternoon and evening hours.

VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center hired two nocturnists, or physicians who work overnight, to truly become the 24/7/365 virtual urgent care service leaders aspired it to be.

Bay Pines VA, Sunshine Network, and FDVA Unite to Care for Veterans During Hurricane Idalia

For the second time in 11 months, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System activated emergency operations to prepare for the potential impact and aftermath of a hurricane headed for the western coast of Florida.

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Bay Pines VA Police Strengthen Readiness Through Active Threat Training

To strengthen our readiness, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Police Service is hosting virtual active threat training sessions for all employees. The hour-long sessions provide staff with the tools they need to appropriately respond to an active threat.

A man sits at his computer and facilitates a virtual active threat training session.

Bay Pines VA Police Targeting Trust and Transparency Through Use of Body-worn Cameras

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Police Service has added another element to support their ongoing mission to protect those who served.

Two male police officers from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's Police Service are pictured here with their body cameras. They are standing shoulder to shoulder, in front of a wall in the police station. The gentleman on the left is wearing a dark navy ball cap.

Bay Pines VA CLC, WWII Veteran Celebrates 102 Years of Life

Of the many opinions that exist regarding life’s essence, there remains one indisputable fact; change is inevitable.

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Tropicana Field Hosts 3,500 People for VetFest in Southwest Florida

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) knocked it out of the park during a joint PACT Act event at Tropicana Field, August 5.

Dr. Amin Elamin, Bay Pines VA chief of staff (right), explains details to a Veteran about toxic exposure screening during the joint VetFest event at Tropicana Field, support the PACT Act, Aug. 5. (Photo by Thomas Cole, Bay Pines VA).

Mass-Casualty Exercise Tests Bay Pines VA’s Readiness

The sound of sirens followed by multiple ambulances backing up to the Emergency Department (ED) at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center placed employees on alert, Wednesday morning, August 2.

Bay Pines VA nurses assess the injuries of a victim during the organization’s mass-casualty exercise, at C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, Aug. 2.