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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

Charleston VAMC receives resuscitation gold award

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

Charleston VAMC received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Award.

Community Support for Fisher House Charleston

On December 7, 2017, the Charleston community gathered to cut the ribbon on the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s new Fisher House—a day that would not have been possible without the determination and generosity of Friends of Fisher House Charleston (FOFH).

Carriage House renovations at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Fisher House were completed in July 2020 with donated funds from Friends of Fisher House Charleston. Photo by James Arrowood.

Charleston VA wins environmental excellence award

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center was recently named as one of the top 25 Environmental Excellence Award winners by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Safety Service staff at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Photo by James Arrowood.

Gold medalist at 71

At 71-years-old, U.S. Navy Veteran and Ralph H. Johnson VAMC patient Liz Crotty is adding “gold medalist” to her list of accomplishments. Crotty placed first in this year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games cycling competition for her age group.

71-year-old U.S. Navy Veteran Liz Crotty won gold at the Virtual National Veterans Golden Age Games in the cycling competition. Photo provided by Liz Crotty.

Summer Youth Volunteers go virtual

This week, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s annual Summer Youth Program kicked-off with one big change—this year’s program is virtual. While the young students won’t be floating through the halls of the hospital, their work will still have an impact on Veterans.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center's Summer Youth Program will be virtual for summer 2020.

Charleston VA nurses lend a helping hand

Helping Veterans is the first mission of VA, but the mission extends beyond the walls of medical centers and clinics

The Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, SC.

HealtheVet Provides Access to Care

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VA is leveraging technology to ensure proper care of Veterans while implementing heightened safety precautions.

Charleston VAMC My HealtheVet Coordinator Heather Friesen assists a Veteran with his My HealtheVet enrollment. Photo by James Arrowood (2016).

Healthcare Technology Vital in Fight Against COVID

There are many healthcare heroes on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and caregivers. But there are many others behind the scenes providing much-needed expertise and ingenuity.

An example of the face shields created at the Charleston VA using a 3D printer.

Now Is the Time to Go Beyond

So many of our Veterans have faced dark days stuck in their memories of war, caught in the trap of substance abuse to escape, or dealing with crippling depression and anxiety they just can’t shake.

The Charleston VA offers strategies and treatments to assist Veterans struggling with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.

Charleston VA Names Experience Excellence Winner

In honor of Patient Experience Week, we continue to highlight our amazing VA healthcare community, and we’re proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Experience Excellence award. Congratulations to Samuel “Matt” Matthews, a Voluntary Service Specialist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center!

Samuel “Matt” Matthews, Winner of Experience Excellence Award