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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


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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.
VA-DoD leadership cut the ribbon to open the new clinicDermatology VA-DoD Clinic Opens at Naval Hospital
The VA and Naval Hospital Beaufort opened a shared Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Dermatology Clinic at the Naval Hospital Feb. 26 to serve Veterans, service members and military dependents.
The Charleston VA's award-winning cath lab.Charleston VA continues to achieve 5-Star rating
The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC is again rated as a 5-Star facility, the highest possible rating according to VA's SAIL model, one of the top 10% of VA facilities nationwide, and the 6th fastest growing.
MLKFacility honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., welco
The Charleston VAMC held a special ceremony Jan. 14 to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, the City of Charleston’s longest-serving mayor, was on hand to give remarks.
Dep SecTop VA officials visit Charleston VA
VA Deputy Secretary The Honorable Sloan Gibson and Interim Under Secretary of Health Dr. Carolyn Clancy visited the Charleston VAMC to learn about best practices and get a look at the new Mental Health Research Building.
Savannah VA clinic Veterans art classSavannah VA art class motivates, encourages Vets
An art therapy group at the Savannah VA clinic gives Veterans an opportuinity to participate in a creative activity that is Veteran centric and allows each Veteran to participate at their own pace.
The first DAISY Award was presented to Charleston RN Keisha Thompson-McClough.Charleston RN honored with facility’s first DAISY
Charleston VA proudly partners with The DAISY Foundation in an effort to honor the exceptional, compassionate care delivered by dedicated nurses here and at the community based outpatient clinics throughout the year.
Michelle WoodburyVA research scientist awarded
Michelle Woodbury, research health scientist with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and an associate professor at MUSC, was recently presented with an MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award.
Scott R. IsaacksVA Announces New Medical Center Director Scott R.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott R. Isaacks, FACHE, as the new director of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.

From the Veterans Health Administration

person grabbing a door handle for entryRehab Veterans volunteer for four-week lock down
Unique approach to rehab. At the Topeka VA, a new voluntary alcohol and drug rehab program called 'Fresh Start' requires patients to commit to 30 days of intense therapy in a locked unit.
US Army Veteran Ron WhitcombVeterans with PTSD Reclaiming Their Lives
VA is working hard every day to help Veterans with PTSD, from World War II generals to Iraqi conflict corporals. Here are links to resources and courageous stories from Veterans who have been there.
jogger's feet on a natural running pathThese Veterans lost a LOT of weight. You can too!
Hundreds of Veterans of all ages — and shapes — are losing weight every day with VA's MOVE! program and now there's an app to help you join this happy, healthy group. Check it out!
physician reviewing health information with a patientYou Can Make the Most of Your Whole Health
It's not about what's the matter with you. It's about what matters most to you. There's a link to a form in this story that could help you enhance your overall well-being by focusing on these factors.
veteran using assistive technologyChange Your Mind about Brain Injury
VA's Polytrauma System of Care, a network of over 100 programs, provides world-class rehabilitation services for Veterans and helps them transition back to their homes and families.
surgical suite featuring nurse and surgeon with a patientVA and DoD Meet for Patient Safety Awareness Week
During Patient Safety Awareness Week, doctors, nurses and clinicians from VA and DoD will be 'United in Safety' as they discuss and analyze ways to make your hospital experience safer.
Veteran Brian Pettyjohn working with a horseYou can have MS but MS does not have you
You can have Multiple Sclerosis with limited mobility and still have passion for the causes that are meaningful to you. Read this story about Army Veteran Brian Pettyjohn who does just that.
Civil War era soldier's hospital Roots of VA Health Care Started 150 Years Ago
On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Today's VA evolved from that facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army.
Veteran participating in physical therapy81-Year-Old Veteran Chooses Rehab Over Surgery
Korean War Veteran Victor Ferentino, 81, was a runner for 60 years. After a spill in Manhattan he did his research and chose rehab at his VA Physical Therapy clinic over surgery.
A Veteran wearing the medal of honor stands between a man and a womanA Veteran Who Was on Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today
This week is the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. "Woody" Williams, 91, was there and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous action on that memorable day.

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