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

Women's Health Clinic named for local female Veteran

On June 6 the Salem Women’s Health Clinic officially became the MSG Silverine Vinyard James Women’s Health Clinic, with the woman for whom it was named in attendance.

Silverine Vinyard James

Music therapy programs helps Korean War Veteran cope with PTSD

During the Korean War Marvin Daniel was a rifleman in the Army. Now, with the war 70 years in the past, the man who earned two Bronze Stars still deals with the mental and emotional fallout of his service – partially through hitting things with sticks.

Korean War Veteran Marvin Daniel

VA doctor publishes research highlighting diabetic wound care

A paper published in the journal, Advances in Wound Care in October, highlights an ongoing study into diabetic wound care championed by VA providers such as Dr. Aliza Lee, at the Salem VA Health Care System in Virginia, working with Dr. Matthew Garoufalis from the Jessie Brown VAMC in Chicago, Ill.

A plastic sleeve placed over the wound area, maintains a constant application of oxygen, and early studies show a markedly improved healthcare outcome using the procedure

Roanoke Elks Lodge donates $2,000 to Homeless Veteran Stand Down

More than three dozen homeless Veterans made their way to the Salem Civic Center Nov. 9 to take part in Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a program run through the combined efforts of the Salem VA Health Care System, Department of Labor, Total Action for Progress, and the Virginia Employment Commission.

Members of the Elk's Lodge 197 and the Salem VA Health Care System, stand near items purchased with the Elks' donation.

VA Police Officer resuscitates car crash victim three times

An off-duty VA police officer was in the right place at the right time Oct. 23, and used his training to save the life of an elderly motorist.

VA Police Officer Clinton Wimer

Veteran serves in WWII, Korea, Vietnam

Some people have long military careers without ever being in the line of fire. John Lavra cannot make such a claim. Lavra enlisted in the Navy June 6, 1944 as a combat aircrewman, and called to active duty two days later. He went on to see service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

John Lavra's Spad, Korea

New Dialysis Unit Opens

A new Renal Dialysis unit has recently opened to serve the Veterans of Southwest Virginia who receive care through the Salem VA Health Care System.

The new Salem VAMC Dialysis Building