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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local Features

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.
Army Veteran, Chuck Fisher entertains fellow VeteransArmy Veteran brings a smile to fellow Veterans
Army Veteran Chuck Fisher, and his “manager” wife Sarah, entertained Veteran patients, CLC residents and employees at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Thursday, August 7 with a musical show.
VA Southeast Network Director Charles E. Sepich hosts Town HallVA Southeast Network Director Visits Charleston
VA Southeast Network Director Charles E. Sepich hosts Town Hall for Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center employees. Sepich charged all employees to continue providing quality healthcare to Veterans.
Ribbon Cutting Vet Center Grand OpeningNew Vet Center opens in North Charleston
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Charleston Vet Center in North Charleston on West Montague Avenue, replacing the old and cramped location. Myrtle Beach and Savannah each have a Vet Center.
Charleston to implement Project REDTransforming discharge processes for Veterans
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will implement Project Re-Engineered Discharge (Project RED). Its goal is to reduce Veteran patient readmission by providing a better understanding of their overall diagnosis and care.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Man in uniform stands in a building service entry areaWith a Little Help, a Veteran's Life Transformed
One minute, Army Veteran Robbie Myers was living in a tent. The next, he was winning a nationally-televised cooking competition. His amazing journey began when he walked into a VA Medical Center.
Senior man holds up a tablet with a cartoon character drawn on itDondi gets Flu Shot Along with 96-year-old Creator
96-year-old Veteran Irwin Hasen is the cartoonist who created the famous character Dondi, a war orphan. He recently sketched his famous creation reminding Veterans and VA staff to get their flu shot.
A woman with a sad expression is comforted by a therapist with her hand on the woman's shoulderGo Green for Mental Illness Awareness Week
In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, VA facilities will be sponsoring events designed to educate Veterans, their families and staff on mental health recovery concepts and practices.
Senior woman stands on a scale as a doctor adjusts the balancesSlimming Down Helps with Diabetes & Pre-diabetes
Weight loss in overweight adults with diabetes can improve blood sugar levels, decrease the need for some medications, reduce blood pressure, improve heart function, and improve cholesterol levels.
Two men wearing pink bracelets bump fistsMale Breast Cancer: A Rare Disease, on the Rise
Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than one percent of cancers in men and less than one percent of all breast cancer. VA researchers are helping to understand the phenomenon.
Health tech helps a woman getting a mammogramVA Leads the Nation in Breast Cancer Screening
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. VA wants to help Veterans learn more about breast cancer with the helpful tools listed in this story including a Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.
Woman looking at a high heel shoeHigh Heels a Snap With New Prosthetic Foot
Veterans and others who have lost a lower limb and need prosthetic feet have been limited in the footwear they can choose. A VA researcher in Minneapolis and his colleagues aim to change that.
A Veteran and his wife talk to other Veterans in a parkThe Blue Button is Literally a Life Saver
Read how one married couple — both Veterans — use VA’s online Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, all the time and encourage Veterans to sign up and take advantage of its many great features.
Two men secure plywood over a windowBe Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare
Tornados? Floods? Hurricanes? Are you prepared if one of those hit your home? Take advantage of these check lists during National Preparedness Month. Get your family ready for all emergencies.

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