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

VA Pittsburgh Chaplains Continue Care during COVID-19

Veteran care always comes first at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Despite many pandemic-related changes, staff in all services, including chaplains, adapted creatively by finding innovative and meaningful ways to continue providing care.

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Mantram Practice Offered for Vets

Mantram repetition practice can help Veterans manage their stress, improve their sleep and manage trauma and anger issues. It’s another facet of Whole Health designed to offer ways for Veterans to practice self-healing.

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A Living Bond – Transplant Between Army Veteran and Daughter is VA’s First

When others were thinking about staying safe from the coronavirus in March, Army Veteran Timothy Yablonski was thinking about staying alive.

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VA Pittsburgh Participates in COVID-19 Plasma Study

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is participating in a nationwide study testing whether antibodies from the plasma of patients who fully recovered from COVID-19 can be used to treat others with the infection.

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‘Everything Usually Comes Back to Respect’ for LGBT+ Veteran Care

As we say goodbye to Pride Month 2020, we’d like to share this in-depth Q&A with our outgoing* LGBT Veteran care coordinator (VCC), Sarah Merlina.

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VAPHS Foreman Fights COVID-19 in New Jersey

Navy Veteran Mary Johnson faced one of the biggest challenges of her six-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when she volunteered to help a demoralized nursing home staff get back on its feet and save Veterans' lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

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VA Staff Volunteers Help Veterans, Others with Spinal Cord Injuries During Pandemic

Thanks to individual grants and Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) volunteers, Pittsburgh area Veterans and others with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are safely getting food and personal hygiene items during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“You Made My Year” – New Process Improves Prosthetics Rehab Wait Time

Standing eye to eye for the first time ever with his VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System prosthetist, Marine Corps Veteran Ronald Slaughter exclaimed, “You just made my year and it’s only April!”

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VA Pittsburgh Creates First Dialysis Program for Long-Term Care Unit

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in April created a dialysis program at its community living center (CLC) to safeguard Veterans against exposure to the coronavirus.

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Donations Connect Families Via Video Calls

Veterans who receive care at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now visit family and loved ones safely using video calls. The video calls were made possible partly thanks to the generosity of a McKees Rocks charity and the American Legion Auxiliary.

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