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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local Features

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.
Medal of Honor recipient visits medical centerMedal of Honor recipient visits medical center
Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Beikirch, spent time Oct. 22 sharing his story and visiting with Veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as a way to honor their service to our country.
Tallmadge receives Manager of Distinction awardTallmadge receives Manager of Distinction award
Brian Tallmadge, assistant chief of Environmental Management Services (EMS) at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, was awarded the Manager of Distinction award from Facility Cleaning Decisions magazine.
Emma Love and daughterEmma Love and VA Care
Women Veterans are the fastest growing demographic at the VA, bringing increased need for services for women. Charleston VA employee and Veteran talks about the outstanding oncology care provided to her from her VA.
Tele-ICUTele-ICU arrives in Charleston
A new technological system, scheduled to go live Oct. 7 at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, is able to serve as a second set of eyes in intensive care units from more than 600 miles away.
AESAll- Employee Survey happening now
It’s time once again for the annual All Employee Survey. The 2014 Charleston VA Medical Center’s All Employee Survey will be open through Sept. 29. All employees are encouraged to take the survey.
Charleston VAMC participates in the Pride ParadeDiversity Team Participates in Pride Parade
Members of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Diversity Committee donned their most festive multi-colored attire Aug. 9. The group constructed a float under the theme of “We Serve All Who Served.”
Vocera badges are small, walkie-talkie like devices that enable direct contact with inpatientsVocera Badge to Nurse Call Integration is here
Inpatients can now speak directly to their assigned caregiver by pushing the nurse call button in their room. Vocera Badges allow nursing staff to respond quickly and more efficiently to inpatient Veterans' needs.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Male Veteran on a beach inhailing the fresh air.Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier
November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. Join the Smokeout by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking that day. Succeed with helpful tips from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody.
Image of a male doctor taking the pulse of a female patient.Just Saying No to Pain Meds
Specialists at the VA in Charleston, South Carolina, have helped more than 400 patients ease off their chronic pain medications. How did they do it? The answer might surprise you.
Child hugging dad and smiling.Thousands Sign Up for Dental Insurance
Over 60,000 Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries have signed up for a dental insurance plan for Veterans with no dental coverage and those eligible for VA dental care who want more coverage.
Veterans Day graphic Honoring All Who Served.Parades Planned Across America on Veterans Day
On Veterans Day, November 11, Americans pause to honor and salute the men and women whose service and sacrifice made our freedom possible an annual day of thanks from a grateful nation.
Close-up of an orange cat sitting in a hallway.Tabby Cat Makes Life Easier for Dying Veterans
An orange tabby cat named Tom lives on the hospice unit of the Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia, providing comfort, amusement and companionship to dying Veterans and their family members.
Staff member in a caregiver classroom course.VA Offers Programs for Family Caregivers
The job of caregiver is not easy. It can lead to frustration and burnout. That's why VA has developed two very helpful programs to make the task of caring for your loved one easier and healthier.
Soldier throwing waste in burn pit.Burn pit exposure? Sign up now in VA Registry.
Exposed to burn pits or other airborne hazards while deployed? Believe you have health conditions related to these exposures? Join VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Learn how here.
Man and his art.Veterans Arts Festival is Fun and Therapeutic
VA's Annual Creative Arts Festival is a nation-wide talent competition that lets thousands of Veterans express themselves creatively while helping with their mental and physical health and recovery.
Woman receives flu shot from nurse.Flu Shots: More Access, Seamless Documentation
VA partners with Walgreens to expand real-time sharing of medical information of vaccines provided by Walgreens to enrolled Veterans. VA is covering the cost of about 75,000 flu shots.
Volunteers help a Veteran into a VA vanFree Rides for Vets Living in Highly Rural Areas
VA has just made it possible for more of America’s Veterans living in highly rural areas to get free transportation to a VA medical center or other facilities that provide VA care.

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