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Orlando VA Healthcare System Hosts the Filming of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Upcoming TEDx Talks Series

In a remarkable display of collaboration and innovation, the Orlando VA Healthcare System (OVAHCS) played host to a groundbreaking event: TEDx talks specially curated for VA employees by VA employees from VA Central Office and around the country.

Pictured in photo: The 2023 TEDx presenters and curators.

The standard for 24/7/365 Virtual Urgent Care

The need for health care doesn’t stop just because it’s 5:00 p.m., the weekend, or a holiday. In fact, the busiest time for both urgent care clinics and emergency rooms is early afternoon and evening hours.

VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center hired two nocturnists, or physicians who work overnight, to truly become the 24/7/365 virtual urgent care service leaders aspired it to be.

Celebrating the Fourth of July: Honoring Veterans' Sacrifices and Commitment

As we approach the Fourth of July, a day that symbolizes the birth of a Nation and celebrates the values of freedom and independence, it is essential to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices and unwavering commitment of our nation's Veterans.

Happy 4th of July

Healing Invisible Wounds: Orlando VA Healthcare System's Revolutionary PTSD Services

In a world where physical wounds are often visible and readily addressed, the invisible scars left by trauma can haunt the lives of those affected, often going unnoticed by society.

Dr. Laura Meyers and Army Veteran Adriana Taylor discuss PTSD treatment options.

Employee Wellness provides around the clock Whole Health Services

April is whole health month. According to Nursing Officer of the Day (NOD), Andrea Gison at the Orlando VA Healthcare System (OVAHCS) staff are encouraged to participate and enjoy whole health activities on their inpatient unit.

Pictured in photo: Medical Inpatient Unit Employees  recharging with Whole Health activities.

OVAHCS Whole Health Resources Provide Comprehensive Approach to Employee Wellbeing

As a VA employee, Chief Wellbeing Officer (CWO) for the Orlando VA Health Care System (OVAHCS), Dr. Myriam Garzon serves as a clinician advocate who provides organizational strategy to improve clinician well-being and assists in mitigating burnout.

Dr. Derek Szafranski, Acting OVAHCS Associate Director encourages staff to utilize important employee wellness resources to help with reducing burnout and improving resiliency.

Pour Painting ushers new energy amongst Domiciliary Veterans

For License Clinical Social Worker Larry D. Johns, working with Veterans is a personal connection. As a Retired United States Marine Corps (USMC) Veteran now a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the Orlando VA Health Care System (OVAHCS) Domiciliary, Johns found pour painting to be relaxing and calming while attending the University Central Florida (UCF).

LCSW Larry D. Johns and Army Veteran Rosalind Jackson pouring paint during an art therapy group session at the OVAHCS Domiciliary.

OVAHCS offers innovative approach to heal Veterans from trauma

The Orlando VA Health Care System’s (OVAHCS) somatic treatment program is a new initiative that focuses on treating treatment resistant mental health disorders using non-pharmacological techniques such as Electroconvulsive Therapy and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Under the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Esketamine and Ketamine infusions are also included in this program along with other newer and less evidence-based treatments.

Army Veteran, Kurt Williams

Caring for the caregiver brings rest and relaxation

The Orlando VA Health Care System (OVAHCS) celebrates family caregivers and recognizes and honors our Nation’s unsung heroes. Family members, friends and neighbors who care for Veterans play a critical role in ensuring the health of our Veterans, and their efforts may often go unnoticed.

Pictured in photo: OVAHCS Caregivers enjoying painting on canvas.

OVAHCS Staff Demonstrate what it Takes to be an HRO

Staff at the Orlando VA Health Care System (OVAHCS) have once again stepped up to the plate to care for America’s heroes while a hurricane brought on severe weather to the entire OVAHCS catchment area. Hurricane Nicole is the second named storm to hit central Florida this fall.

OVAHCS staff work through the night during Hurricane Nicole to ensure Veterans are cared for during the storm.