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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local Features

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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

92-year-old volunteer Orville Swett World War II Vet Says Volunteering Keeps Him Alive
Ninety-two-year-old Orville Swett, a retired optician, has been volunteering at the VA eye clinic in Daytona Beach for 25 years. His job? Adjusting glasses for Veterans who visit the clinic.
Volunteer Kay Arnold sitting in a banquet roomDedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades
Volunteering: the ultimate exercise in democracy. We may vote in elections once a year, but when we volunteer, we vote every day for the kind of community we want to live in.
Karen Duddy, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, and Veterans Bill Armstrong  and Olester McNary participate in Doc Talk- a game in which Veterans learn to better communicate with health care providers.How Occupational Therapy Works for You
VA's occupational therapists help Veterans participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and occupations. Read on to learn how they do it.
older couple doing stretching excercisesNational Public Health Week - Five Days to Health
Veterans, how many times do you exercise per week? Immunizations up to date? When was the last time you got tested for HIV? Here's VA's “Five Days to Health” challenge to help build a healthier you.
A psychologist counsels a coupleGoal: Satisfying Sexual Relationship
Many Veterans struggle with sexuality in their relationships. Two VA psychologists assert that a satisfying sexual relationship strengthens the whole family and it needs to be addressed.
veterans participating in downhill skiing Winter Clinic World-Leader in Adaptive Sports
VA's annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has significantly changed the lives of thousands of disabled Veterans, reminding them of the wonder life still has to offer.
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.

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