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Medal of Honor Forum, Honoring Extraordinary Veterans

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System hosted a Medal of Honor Forum on Monday, March 7, 2024, in celebration of Medal of Honor Day observed on March 25.

MoH

Ralph H. Johnson SIM Lab takes part in JBC MARE

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System recently sent healthcare specialists from their Simulations Laboratory to assist the 628th Air Base Wing Medical Airmen in medical litter training and Dual Use Vehicles (DUV) familiarity.

JBC training

Heroes on the Water Casts a Line for Veteran Healing

Forget the stress of everyday life. Imagine trading it for the gentle splash of a paddle and the camaraderie of fellow Veterans. This isn't a dream, but the reality offered by Heroes on the Water, a non-profit organization using the power of nature to empower Veterans through kayak fishing.

A veteran paddles his kayak while participating in a Heroes on the Water event, Feb. 17, 2024, in Meggett, South Carolina.

Reimagining Rehabilitation: How Recreation Therapy is Transforming Veterans' Lives

At the heart of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System's innovative approach to Veteran health care is Vinny Costagliola, a dedicated Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and Certified Personal Trainer.

Patient working out

From Battlefield to Beach: Warriors Find Solace on the Surfboard

The Warrior Surf Foundation (WSF) isn't your typical veteran support organization. Founded in 2015 by Veterans and surfers from Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Surf

Setting the Pace

State of the art technology keeps any health care system equipped to maintain the highest standards of patient care, and the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Health Care System sets the pace with a novel method of treating irregular heart rhythms.

DualChamberLeadlessPacemaker

VA providers unlock new capabilities in ultrasound care

Providers at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System underwent specialty training that has unlocked new care options for Veterans in the Lowcountry this January.

Sim lab

First Barostim Implant Procedure Successful at Ralph H. Johnson VA HCS

A Surgeon at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Healthcare System in Charleston, South Carolina, recently completed its first Barostim implant, a groundbreaking new heart procedure that is helping Veterans with heart failure live longer and healthier lives.

Dr. Ruddy

VA facility in Becker’s top 34 Innovative Health Programs Nationwide

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System shines as sole VA facility in Becker’s top 34 Innovative Health Programs Nationwide

Healing through Casting Lines: The Story of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

For many Veterans, transitioning back to civilian life after their service can pose significant challenges. Beyond physical and emotional scars, they may grapple with feelings of isolation and a sense of lost purpose.

Walter Shockley, Assistant Program Lead, explains the goals of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program.