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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

LSVTBIGImproving Mobility for Veterans with Parkinson's
The Charleston VAMC now provides a physical therapy treatment that was developed specifically for Parkinson's patients to increase the amplitude of limb and body movements to enhance quality of life.
Rose DoctorMedical Foster Home
The Medical Foster Home program connects Veterans with medical and housing needs with caregivers who are willing to open their homes and provide them with care and love. Rose Doctor is one such caregiver.
Ribbon cutting outside of the new CRRC building.Community Resource and Referral Center Opened
On June 5, the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC celebrated the grand opening of the medical center's newest endeavor - the Community Resource and Referral Center - to provide one-stop services for Homeless Veterans.
Moniquic Eazel, Army VeteranFinding Their Way Home
Every Veteran should have a home—a safe and stable place they can call their own. For some Veterans, combat experiences have significantly altered their ability to cope with day-to-day life.
Military appreciation area at the 2014 Party in the ParkCharleston VA hosts Veteran at Party in the Park
For the second year, the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC has teamed up with local radio station, 103.5 WEZL, to host a special military appreciation area at the Party in the Park summer concert series.
Kathy Young, Suzette Poletti, and Jasper MurphyThe VA Employees Behind the Scenes
When you think of those who work at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, you most likely think of caring doctors and nurses who directly treat Veterans, but care for patients does not stop there.
John Goldizen and Janice SkipperTwo VA nurses honored with Palmetto Gold Awards
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center congratulates two of our nursing staff members, John Goldizen and Janice Skipper, as recipients of the 2015 Palmetto Gold Award for excellence in the field of nursing.
Audiology technician at the Myrtle Beach clinic.Myrtle Beach Expansion Project
The Myrtle Beach CBOC has been approved for expansion due to tremendous growth. Since 2005, the number of Veterans that the clinic serves has doubled. Today the clinic serves more than 12,000 Veteran patients.
HEROIC logoCenter of Innovation: promoting health care equity
As a nationally funded VHA Center of Innovation (COIN), Charleston’s COIN, called Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center, is helping to eliminate geographic, racial/ethnic, and gender-based disparities.
Veterans speaking with potential employers at the Job Fair.Veterans Job Fair assists hundreds
Close to 1,000 Veterans and active duty service members turned out March 9 for the Veterans Job Fair and VA Forum held at the North Charleston Convention Center sponsored by the VA and U.S. Senator Tim Scott.

From the Veterans Health Administration

man lifting barbellWheelchair Vets Roll into Dallas for Annual Games
Since 1981, co-presented by the VA and PVA, the goal of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to empower Veterans with disabilities to live more healthy and active lives through sports.
Two people walking with nordic walking sticksTips to Keep Veterans from Falling Down
You hear it all the time. Poor old Steve ... he fell down. Sometimes it’s just embarrassing and you get back up. Other times, you’re headed for the emergency room. Here’s how to prevent falling down.
black and white photo showing three combat soldiers crouching in a forestU.S. Army Celebrates 240th Birthday on June 14
VA joins the U.S. Army in celebrating its 240th birthday. Here are just four short stories of the thousands of Army Veterans whose lives have intersected with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
doctor taking notes as patient relays his storyVeterans Adding Life Story to Medical Records
Have you ever wished your doctor knew “the rest of the story?” A unique program at some VA medical centers allows Veterans to add their life story to their medical record.
Two women working in an office setting.  One woman is talking on the phone.How Do You Save Someone’s Life?
Good listening skills and a cool head are prerequisites when you work at the Pittsburgh VA’s Suicide Prevention Office. “You always have to remain calm at this job,” says Veronica Lucious.
Ron Whitcomb working in a gardenThe Most Peaceful Place on Earth
For many years after he came home from serving in Vietnam, Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house. With VA PTSD therapy, he learned that he was safe.
two women discussing designsDesigning Clothes for Veterans with Prosthetics
Some very generous students of fashion engineering at SUNY are working on designing comfortable and functional clothes for Veterans with prosthetics.       
View of the Biloxi facility from the front flag poleBiloxi VA in Most Beautiful Hospital Competition
Skillful and compassionate care combined with a beautiful hospital and happy patients. VA’s Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has been nominated for Most Beautiful Hospital in America.
service members in uniform marching in a parage carring the america flagVA Remembers America's Fallen on Memorial Day
Once known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a time for remembering the people who died while serving in America’s armed forces. Here’s a list of ceremonies in your area.
five researchers and technocians working in a laboratory90 Years of VA Research Improves Veterans' Lives
Did you know VA doctors performed the first successful liver transplant in 1968, and that VA doctors have received the Nobel Prize? Find out more as VA celebrates National VA Research Week.

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