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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local Features

Chris Gibson and Bill CampbellVeteran Fishing Retreat
Veteran and Charleston VAMC Community Living Center resident, Chris Gibson, loves to fish. By an act of kindness from a few Charleston VA employees, Gibson was surprised with a day on the water.
Protecting those who servedVAMC celebrates National Police Week
Each May, during National Police Week, the U.S. recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
LFHAVA-DoD Joint Venture Wins Federal Executive Award
The Lowcountry Federal Healthcare Alliance won the Federal Employee of the Year Team Award for its collaboration to provide shared health care services to Veterans and DoD beneficiaries.
The new Missing Man Table protected by glass.Remembering those who are lost
Members of VFW Post 9509 presented a new Missing Man Table in the Charleston VAMC canteen April 29. The Missing Man Table is a symbolic place of honor to remember fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members.
Streeter practices mindful meditation twice a day in his “peace room” as part of his pain management process.Army Veteran finds peace with alternative therapy
Army Veteran finds peace and healing through alternative therapies from the Charleston VA Medical Center. Michael Streeter shares his story in hopes of spreading hope to Veterans suffering with chronic pain.
CPAP machineTelehealth CPAP
Telehealth CPAP services in Myrtle Beach provides Veteran patients with guidance and support on using their CPAP machine, without them having to the Charleston VA Medical Center.
Mary FraggosDirector of Nursing awarded Palmetto Gold Award
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center congratulates Associate Director of Nursing & Patient Care Services, Mary Fraggos, as recipient of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence.
Emerson BeachLife's a Beach
...other times its a hurricane. Emerson Beach, Vetern and Volunteer at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, tells about his struggles and challenges and overcoming obstacles.
Service to Veterans continues during stormService to Veterans doesn’t slip during storm
Service for Veterans doesn't stop during winter storm. More than 180 employees kept the home fires burning at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center downtown during Winter Storm Leon, January 28 through 30, 2014.
Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's diseaseVitamin E may slow spread of Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease — the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage

From the Veterans Health Administration

A dentist holds up a mold of a face next to his patientThe Other Side of VA Dentistry
Dr. Dai Phan provides an accurate reproduction so that dental and nasal prostheses can be fabricated — a little known service provided to Veterans who have lost part of their oral cavity due to trauma or cancer.
Two men talk and point to a bulletin board in a facility hallwayOnce Homeless, Veteran Now Works for VA
Formerly homeless Veteran James Mobley, 53, now works full-time as a social services aide at the same VA domiciliary in Dublin, Ga., where he spent nearly a year in recovery.
A man with a stern look has his boxing gloves laced upFighting is My Meditation
After serving in the Army, mixed martial arts fighter Joe Duarte found his world spinning out of control. After VA PTSD therapy, he now finds peace at home and in the ring.
A woman hiker wearing sunglasses smilesSummer Reminder: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes
Veterans should be cautious and protect their eyes from the sun. Good quality sunglasses are recommended when outdoors, even if it’s for a few minutes at a time.
Woman looks at her smile in a mirror being held by a dentist10 of the Stories Most Read by Vets on VA Web Site
The web site for the Veterans Health Administration is a helpful gateway to numerous resources for Veterans and their families. Here are just a few of the most popular features posted this past year.
Back of a mobile health clinic showing a door and wheelchair liftVA Health Care System Named Most Wired - Again!
For the second year in a row, VA has been named to the 2014 “Most Wired” hospitals list, a national survey ranking hospitals leveraging health information technology in new and innovative ways.
A woman talks to a man in an officeNurse Navigator Simplifies the Maze for Patients
Hospitals can be a maze. That’s why Joan Stewart and Debera Charlton are amazing. The Nurse Navigator steer patients through the treatment systems at Montana’s VA Medical Center.
A smiling girl with a US flagVA Hosts July 4th Ceremonies for Veterans
Hundreds of VA employees and volunteers at VA Medical Centers across the country spend their July 4th holiday hosting special events for the men and women we serve — America’s Veterans.
A senior man in a swimming pool smilesSenior Veterans Going for the Gold - One More Time
Hundreds of Veterans are heading to the Ozark Mountains for the Golden Age Games, designed to improve the quality of life for older Veterans with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
Close up of a woman with an angry expressionI Cannot Be This Person
Finding it hard to be home alone or feel comfortable in public places, Laura Hendrixon is determined to get better for her family and her career.

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