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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

Opioid reduction at Charleston VAMC

Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) became the first and only health-care system in the country to publicly post opioid prescribing rates when it launched its new data website.

Text Message Appointment Reminders

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center now offers another convenient option for Veterans to receive appointment reminders – text messages direct to your mobile device for patients who choose this option.

Text messages are a new, convenient way to get appointment reminders at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

USS Ralph Johnson officially joins Navy fleet

As the crew hoisted the American flag on a breezy morning, more than 5,500 attendees cheered as the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the Navy’s 64th Arleigh Burke class destroyer, was commissioned on March 24 at the Columbus Street Pier in Charleston.

Charleston welcomes new Blind Rehab Specialist

In February, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center welcomed a new Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialist (BROS)—Alex Smith.

Charleston VA champions heart health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart Association, but is largely preventable.

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC MOVE! Coordinator Becci Luhrs speaks at the 2017 Charleston VA Go Red Health Fair to educate Veterans on proper nutrition and healthy exercise. Photo by James Arrowood.

Combating food insecurity, one Veteran at a time

Veterans can face an array of challenges when they make the transition from active duty to civilian life.

Getting healthy: setting goals for 2018

As the first of January rolls around, a new year begins and traditionally with that comes resolutions. Frequently these goals revolve around getting fit, losing weight and staying healthy.

Helping Veterans combat lung cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), regular health exams and tests are important to detect problems before they start, or find problems early, when chances for successful treatment and cures are high.