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Read about what's happening in our VA Coatesville health care community.

Fewer Veterans experiencing homelessness

Fewer Veterans in southeastern Pennsylvania are experiencing homelessness this year thanks to the combined efforts of community organizations following the announcement of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) nationwide goal to house 38,000 homeless Veterans during the 2022 calendar year.

Row of homes in the background with words Seeking landlords to help homeless Veterans

An unexpected conversation

A Chaplain at Coatesville VA Medical Center, who has lived the call for God and country for decades, says he could have never anticipated the phone call he received from the Army Chief of Chaplains, informing him of a once-in-lifetime opportunity.

Chaplain Thomas Behling bows his head in prayer during a virtual Easter Service on April 12, 2020, held for Coatesville VAMC’s protestant congregation.

Tuning into what matters during PTSD recovery

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinical Team (PCT) at Coatesville VA is tracking the recovery of Veterans by using Measurement-Based Care (MBC) practices.

Curtis Hopp, U.S. Army Veteran, stands outside building 39 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center posing for a picture.

A win for housebound Veterans

Housebound Veterans from the Coatesville VA are learning everyone can be a winner when they combine virtual and in-person health care visits.

Veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired VA nurse, Susan Gallagher, is in a seated position in a motorized wheelchair with an iPad and her constant companion, Ellie the cat, on her lap.

Veteran's Food Pantry Opens

A food pantry recently opened its doors at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) to help Veterans who are finding it difficult to maintain adequate food supply for themselves and their families.

Meredith Kenny, Assistant Chief of Nutrition and Food Services at Coatesville VAMC stocks the shelves with groceries provided by the Chester County Food Bank in between Veterans coming in to shop at the newly opened Lincoln’s Promise Food Pantry on June 7, 2022

Veterans Response Team gathers

Montgomery County law enforcement officers gathered on June 8, for two days of training in Abington, PA in an effort to connect Veterans in crisis to the resources they need.

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Care equality top performer

Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) recently received an evaluation of 90 out of 100 and the designation of "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer" in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

Human Rights Campaign logo of blue square with yellow equal sign and the words LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer

Health Protection Levels

Today, the Coatesville VA Medical Center is implementing COVID-19 Health Protection Levels as part of VA’s consistent, nationwide approach for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities to adjust COVID-19 safety protocols locally as needed.

health protection level for COVID-19

Campus Tree Healthcare Award

Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has earned the Arbor Day Foundation program’s 2021 Tree Campus Health care facility recognition for the third year in a row.

Birds eye image of the Coatesville VAMC campus

A letter on the AIR report

I would like to assure your readers, especially Veterans in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties that the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is here to serve you.

Portrait image of Jeffrey Beiler, Medical Center Director