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Read about what's happening in our VA Bay Pines health care community.

Butterfly Effect Enhances Wellbeing for Bay Pines VA CLC Veterans

A Community Living Center (CLC) is a VA Nursing Home where Veterans may stay for a short time or, in rare instances, for the rest of their life.

Bay Pines VA CLC

Service for Two: Bay Pines VA Employee Delivers on Promise to Assist Expectant Mothers

It was Albert Einstein who once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” At the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, our staff embodies that sentiment, and one of those employees is Maternity Care Coordinator, Charmaine E. Gabino-Crooke.

Two women, one pregnant and with her toddler on her hip, stand smiling in front of the trunk of a car. In the trunk is a baby stroller.

Bay Pines VA Employees Earn Global Award Recognition… Again

Across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, communication is critical to informing, educating, and inspiring employees and Veterans.

Cole and DePass

U.S. Army Veteran Pays Forward Healing, Hope Gained at Bay Pines VA

The year was 1997 and Jeffrey Decresie had recently separated from active duty in the U.S. Army.

A portrait of a man standing out side on a sunny day. Behind him are the buildings that help make up the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Marine Veteran Celebrates Pride in Service, Love, Life, and VA Health Care Support

Marine Corps Veteran Dave Mapp remembers the day he was told he had 18 months to live after being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).

Dave Mapp

Vulnerable Patients High Priority for Bay Pines VA During 2023 Hurricane Season

Nine months removed from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System continues to strengthen its readiness and response efforts to support Veterans as the possibility of inclement weather strengthens for this year’s hurricane season in southwest Florida.

Readiness Exercise

Bay Pines VA Employee, Gold Star Mother Remembers Son as Memorial Day Approaches

Evelyn Brady, a mother of three and retired U.S. Navy Veteran, had her world turned upside down in 2019. She’s now championing efforts to bring awareness to those, like her, who carry the title of Gold Star Family.

Haitham

Bay Pines VA's Team in Blue Wants You

U.S. Air Force Veteran Jesse Gabbert doesn’t pull any punches when you ask him about Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s police service.

Bay Pines VA police officers

From the Front Lines to Nursing at VA’s Bay Pines

Like so many men and women he served with, and those who followed, Eduardo Alegria will never forget his first deployment. It was 2003, and he was smack in the middle of Iraq as part of the surge.

U.S. Army Veteran Eduardo Alegria (left), his wife, Melinda, and Pedro Gomez at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

Bay Pines VA Veteran Experience Officer Reinforces Commitment to Veterans’ Experience

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s Veteran Experience Officer Amy Whitaker understands why her father, a Marine Corps Veteran, never wanted to elaborate on his time in Vietnam. However, as fathers do, Whitaker’s dad did share his thoughts about life.

A woman stands outside in a floral dress, smiling  for her portrait which was taken in front of a building. It is a sunny day.