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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

Volunteers recognized for contribution to Veterans

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center strives to deliver the best care possible to every Veteran that comes in the doors each day, and most days those Veterans are met first by the smiling face of a volunteer.

Volunteers at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center wear red vests to signify themselves as NaVAgators who help Veterans find their way to appointments throughout the hospital. (Photo by James Arrowood)

Reaching new heights through adaptive sports

An attitude can make all the difference in the world.

Team Charleston at the National Disabled Winter Sports Clinic in Aspen Colorado. (Back row from left to right: Iayne Brown, Harold Clark, Joe Cooler, Leslie Williams, Scott Isaacks; front row from left to right: David Bradbury, Joey Williams.) (Courtesy Photo)

Community Living Center achieves 5-star rating

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Community Living Center (CLC) was recently recognized as a 5-star CLC for Quality Measures and Staffing.

Congressman Joe Cunningham meets with Community Living Center residents during a tour of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Feb. 1. The CLC recently received a 5-star rating for quality measures and staffing. (Photo by James Arrowood)

Veteran models recovery from substance abuse

When faced with challenges in life, one of the most difficult steps can be asking for help. It’s not easy to share your struggles and it can be particularly difficult if your challenge is marked with a stigma – like drug addiction.

Myrtle Beach Peer Support Specialist wins award

Recently, Bernard McLeroy, a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Myrtle Beach was recognized by the Myrtle Beach City Council for a Veterans’ Awareness Series he coordinates at the Chapin Memorial Library.

Bernard McLeroy, peer support specialist with the Myrtle Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic’s Mental Health service, poses with his award from the Myrtle Beach City Council for his service to the community and Veterans. (Courtesy photo)

Save a Life: Volunteer to donate blood

Last month was designated as National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. This simple act of volunteer donation can save a life – and that life could be the life of a Veteran, their family members or someone else touched by military service.

Charleston VAMC staff, Veterans and visitors donate blood at a recent Red Cross Blood drive held in the hospital’s main auditorium. Photo by James Arrowood.

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week 2019

For most, Valentine’s Day is a time for togetherness and expressing love for those you hold dear, but for some hospitalized Veterans, the day can prove quite lonely.

Charleston VAMC Director and CEO Scott Isaacks visits Veteran Michael Scarbourgh and his wife to deliver carnations and well wishes during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

Charleston VA Dr. Hugh Myrick Wins Award

On Jan. 30, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health, Dr. Hugh Myrick, was awarded this year’s Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery.

The Charleston VA Medical Center Congratulates Dr. Hugh Myrick on winning the Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence.

Go Red!

It’s way more than a little red dress … Go Red! For Women is a nationwide call to increase awareness of women’s heart health and serve as a catalyst to improve healthy heart behaviors.

Veteran Linda Henry learns about heart health at Charleston VAMC.

Fisher House Charleston celebrates first year

When Fisher House Charleston Manager Vicki Johnson welcomed the first family to the 16-suite home-away-from-home that provides free accommodations for families of Veterans receiving care at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in January 2018, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect.