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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.

Tubes of blood in a centrifuge used to separate the plasma.

‘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.

Two women standing next to each other.

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.

Group of people giving thumbs up.

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.

Man with donated personal hygiene products

“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!”

Two men standing in rehab room

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.

Computer dialysis machine.

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.

Tablet computer.

Sim Educator’s MacGyver-Inspired Training Props Conserve Critical Resources

Though not dodging bullets, bombs or bad guys like Angus “Mac” MacGyver of TV legend before him, Jose Perez saw a need for something and invented it.

Nurse with face mask.

VA Volunteer and Vietnam Veteran Recalls Dog Handling Days

PITTSBURGH -- It’s been more than four years since volunteer and Vietnam Veteran Edward McClouds walked into VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s Oakland hospital and sensed it was where he needed to be.

Vietnam era soldier and dog.

Jake Notovitz going strong at 92

Over at least the last quarter century, volunteer Jacob (Jake) Notovitz of Wilkinsburg has been as much a fixture at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as the flags flying over each of the medical center's two main campuses.

Veteran posing with his medallion