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Sharks Snag VA Pittsburgh Innovations

Two health care innovations developed at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System are among VHA’s 10 Promising Practices for 2022 following the annual Shark Tank Competition at the Innovation Experience (iEX) Conference.

Deirdre Quinn, CHERP core investigator at VA Pittsburgh, pitches Contraception on Demand to VA sharks Brynn Cole, VHA innovation ecosystem management analyst, Leandro DaSilva, New England Center for Innovation excellence director, and Michael Kilmer, VISN 19 network director.

Vet Tech Center Serves as Tech Support for Veterans and Staff

Veterans who need help learning how to use VA virtual health care technology and applications can now stop by VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Vet Tech Center (VTC) for face-to-face assistance.

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Medicine Service Line Vice President Dr. Patrick Strollo, left, Chief of Staff Dr. Ali Sonel, Connected Care Manager Ed Briones, and Executive Director Donald Koenig prepare to cut the ribbon at the Vet Tech Support Center on Sept. 22.

VAPHS seeks VSOs to partner with on valuable program for older Veterans

VA Pittsburgh is looking for Veteran Service Organizations who have a facility in Allegheny County where our staff can provide an Adult Day Health Care program for Veterans close to their homes.

Four Veterans playing cards at a table assisted by a nurse.

Creative Arts Show features Veteran artists and authors

The 2022 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Veterans Creative Arts Show has gone virtual for the second year in a row.

A collage of visual art show entries in VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s 2022 Veterans Art Show includes an assemblage by Jayson Nixon, left, an oil painting by Anthony Grano, top center, a metal sculpture by Bob McKay, bottom center, and a photo by Elizabeth “Liz” Zemba.

Free Flu Shots for Eligible Veterans

Getting a flu shot protects you, your family and your community.

Bandage placed on arm after vaccination

VA Pittsburgh Researcher Wins Patient Safety Fellowship Award

Nurse researcher Emily Boltey is the second consecutive patient safety fellow from VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) to win the Gold Capstone Award for their fellowship project.

Emily Boltey received her Gold Award. (from left to right): Jamie L. Estock, Emily Boltey, Dr. David E. Eibling

Vietnam Veteran’s Gift Honors Fallen Soldier Son

A Vietnam Veteran whose son died while serving with the Army in Iraq used his carpentry skills to ensure his family’s sacrifice is forever remembered.

Director Denise Boehm with Vietnam Veteran Fred Hunter

2022 Outstanding Physician of the Year

Dr. James Ibinson is VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s 2022 Outstanding Physician of the Year.

Dr. James Ibinson

From Basic Training to VA Pittsburgh: a 40-year Friendship

A long time ago, 1981 to be exact, two young men sat in the waiting area of the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Pittsburgh’s federal building, waiting to take the oath of enlistment to train as Army medics.

John Campbell, left, VA Pittsburgh Acting Director Denise Boehm and John Mongelluzzo.

Veterans Find Healing from a Harp

Seated with his eyes closed and hands resting atop his chest, Veteran Sean Monahan drifted off to a relaxing place while listening to the light, sweet notes of a harp.

Holly Monahan (mother of Veteran Sean Monahan) is seated while experiencing vibroacoustic harp therapy, presented by music therapist Stephanie Miller.