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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

Linda Henry stands before her post in the front lobby of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.Linda Henry: Making the first impression count
Most Veterans coming to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center are greeted by a smiling face, thanks to full-time front desk receptionist Linda Henry. The USAF Veteran describes her job as the “best job in the hospital.”
Photo of new GI procedure roomGastroenterology unit doubles capacity
On March 28, Charleston VAMC expanded the Gastroenterology (GI) Procedure Center from two to four rooms, doubling the capacity for Veteran procedures, while becoming a national leader in patient satisfaction scores.
Hurricane Hugo, 1989. Courtesy of NOAA.Hurricane Preparedness
If you’ve lived along the coast long enough, you’ve probably been under the threat of a hurricane, or have even experienced one. Learn hurricane preparedness tips and find resources to help plan for a weather emergency.
A wreath rests against the base of a memorial honoring the lives of lost Servicemembers. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center held a wreath-laying ceremony during a Memorial Day event at the facility May 27, 2016. (Photo by James Arrowood)VA honors the fallen at Memorial Day ceremony
Veterans, VA employees, their families and friends gathered on Friday, May 27 in the flag courtyard at the Charleston VA to honor the memory of military Servicemembers who lost their lives in service to their country.
A CT scan creates a series of cross-sectional images of the head and brain.May is Stroke Awareness Month
May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Registered Nurse Elizabeth Aprile, Charleston VA's first Stroke Program Coordinator, is here to help spread that message.
Hinesville Welcome Home event flyerThis week: New clinic, Welcome Home for Veterans
Two notable events are happening this week for Veterans in the Lowcountry--the Joint Physical Therapy Clinic grand opening ceremony in Beaufort, SC; a Welcome Home information and resource fair in Hinesville, GA.
Miracles entertain Veterans during a free concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 7.Miracles entertain Veterans at Welcome Home event
This weekend, the Miracles entertained area Veterans and their families during a free concert that was held as the finale to a day-long homecoming event sponsored by Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Charleston VAMC Director Scott Isaacks presents volunteer Charles Frederick with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing more than 4,000 hours of service.Charleston VA honors volunteers at awards banquet
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Week April 10 - 16 by holding three special awards banquets for VA volunteers serving in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and surrounding areas.
Charleston VA Medical Center nurses Rodney Hicks, Vincencia Trowell and Nicole Coxe received the Palmetto Gold Awards for 2016.VA nurses take home the Palmetto Gold
Nurses from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center have been among South Carolina's Palmetto Gold Award recipients for several years. This year, three Charleston VAMC nurses carry on that tradition.
Joe CoolerCooler serving Veterans
Cooler is one of more than 400 Veterans attending the 2016 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. It is his second year attending the event and he’s excited to be skiing again.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Veteran competeing in Wheelchair games in an Archery match. Wheelchair Games are about Living Healthy Lives
All this week VA and the Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Veterans will participate in 18 wheelchair sports events in Salt Lake City.
Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery – Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.
Fictional image of neurons of light firing in the brainA Smart Home for Veterans with Brain Injuries
Among the many remarkable advances being studied by VA researchers is a “smart home” for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Technology tracks the Veterans and helps them relearn basic skills.
Two male Veterans sitting with female VA employee looking at a paper flyer GeriPACTs – Specialized Care for Older Veterans
VA is ready to care for older Veterans. By 2017, almost 10 million of our 21 million Veterans will be over 65. Here's some information about VA's Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Teams.
Image of an older woman and a younger woman sitting together at a table.Women Vets and Violence
A year ago, the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program was launched at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. The state ranks 13th in domestic homicides and suicides.
A doctor visits a patient in his home and takes his hand. Sharing Advantages of VA Home Based Care
When a VA doctor read a letter in the paper that it was almost impossible for a primary care doctor to truly connect with patients and their families, he shares VA is able to do just that.

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