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In the spotlight at VA Charleston

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System named the only 5-star medical facility in the state for customer satisfaction

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System was recently named the only 5-star medical facility in the state of South Carolina for patient satisfaction by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System was recently named the only 5-star medical facility in the state of South Carolina for patient satisfaction by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In the spotlight at VA Charleston

Chaplain John Painter promoted to Brig. Gen. in U.S. Air Force Reserve

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System is proud to announce one of their very own employees was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Chaplain John Painter.

Promotion ceremony for Brig. Gen. John Painter

VISN7 Research Symposium held at Charleston VAMC

The second annual VISN7 Research Symposium hosted by Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in Charleston, SC on Nov. 1 brought together approximately 80 investigators and senior leaders to collaborate on ways to move evidence-based treatments quickly from the bench to the bedside.

VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks Dr. Carolyn Clancy addresses the second annual VISN7 Research Symposium. During her presentation, Dr. Clancy praised the event as a

2018 Charleston Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal

There are many Veterans with a unique and colorful story that come through the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center each day, but not many can top the effervescent charm of Al “Hollywood” Meggett, the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Charleston Veterans Day Parade.

Al

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dana Elkins and her family pose at her son's graduation. Elkins is currently battling Breast Cancer while working as a Physical Therapist Assistant at the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic.

Supporting recovery through shared experiences

Opening up about challenges you’re facing in life can be difficult. One of the tools in mental health recovery that is being used both inside and outside of VA are peer support specialists—someone with a mental health disorder who is actively engaged in his/her own recovery.

Stand Down for Homeless Vets

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, along with community partners Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection, will host the 19th Annual Stand Down Against Veteran Homelessness this Friday, Oct. 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Dozens of VA services, including Charleston VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program, will be available to offer support to homeless or at-risk Veterans at the 2018 Stand Down Against Veteran Homeless on Oct. 19.

Charleston VA's Community Care Liaisons

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Community Care team has a simple, but complex, goal - to let no one fall through the cracks.

Charleston VA celebrates LGBT Veterans

For the sixth year, members of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Diversity Committee and other staff celebrated the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by participating in Charleston’s annual Pride Parade on Sept. 22.

One is too many

September is recognized as Suicide Prevention month—a dedicated time aimed at educating clinicians, health care staff and the general public about suicide prevention and potential warning signs.

Veterans in need can access the Veterans Crisis Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help is just a phone call away.

Call operators assist Veterans as “Voice of the VA

Answering the phone with a smile, listening to a Veteran’s need and accurately transferring that caller to the appropriate office may seem like a simple task but try completing that action upwards of 500 times during a bustling day shift at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Charleston VAMC’s dedicated call operators often serve as a Veteran’s friendly first contact with VA. Photo by James Arrowood.

Trident VA Clinic hosts Veteran Health Fair

On Sept. 25, The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Trident Clinic in North Charleston will host its second Veteran Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9237 University Blvd.

Charleston VAMC's Trident Clinic will host a Veteran Health Fair on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9237 University Blvd in North Charleston.