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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

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week, as we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, our Voluntary Service team took a different approach to recognizing more than 500 Volunteers who give their time and talents to support our Veteran patients and programming.

Recognizing Real Life Heroes

One of the keys to fighting the spread of coronavirus is ensuring patients in the medical center are placed in the right area at the right time to mitigate the risk to staff and other patients.

Medical Technologist Lolanya Rivers Testing for COVID-19

VA Nurse Has Personal Connection to Veterans

For Trervor Pham, working for the Veterans Health Administration is more than a career, it is a way to give back to America’s Veterans.

Trervor Pham Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment

Protect Yourself From COVID-19: Access VA Care

For more than a decade, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has led the way in bringing virtual care into mainstream medicine.

Ralph H. Johnson Doctor Providing Virtual Care to a Veteran

Preparations for Coronavirus Ongoing at Charleston

The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” has been in use for more than 360 years, but rarely has it been more relevant than the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Dane Friedman, Chief Engineer at the VAMC, was the driving force behind converting space on the fourth floor into a negative-pressure isolation unit designed to care for coronavirus patients while minimizing risk to the rest of the hospital.

Focusing on Medication Safety

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is one of 10 VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry (PSCI) selected nationally to develop innovations to improve patient safety throughout VA.

Employee Health Coordinator Janet Muchuelas speaks to an employee about options for smoking cessation. Photo by James Arrowood.

Walking in support of heart disease and education

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) located at the main hospital in downtown Charleston has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Employee Health Coordinator Janet Muchuelas speaks to an employee about options for smoking cessation. Photo by James Arrowood.

New portrait of namesake more than a picture

Art often has a way of moving people.

Portrait Artist Rick Austin (second from left) with girlfriend Diana Vincent (left), sister of PFC Ralph H. Johnson Helen Richards (center), her daughter Elaine Johnson-Jones and her husband Garry at the portrait dedication.

Ralph H. Johnson Diabetes Education Service Merits

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) located at the main hospital in downtown Charleston has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Diabetes Educator Cheryl Pratt instructs Veteran Dewayne Patterson how to use of his insulin pump. Photo by James Arrowood.

Feeding Others Feeds Her Soul

When Margaret Bradbury, Chief of Nutrition & Food Service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, opened the facility’s Veteran Food Pantry in December 2017 she hoped to make a difference for nutritionally-challenged patients by providing healthy foods for those in need.

Margaret Bradbury, Chief of Nutrition & Food Service inspecting canned food items for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Veteran Food Pantry.