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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Local Features

1-800-273-8255, Press 1Lower Suicide Rates for Veterans Receiving VA Care
September is national suicide prevention month—a dedicated time aimed at educating clinicians, healthcare staff and the general public about prevention and warning signs.
Brian Thorpe, radiologistLocal teleradiology program serves Veterans
The VISN 7 Teleradiology Program was created within the Radiology Service at the Charleston VAMC with the goal of reducing costs while also improving patient care through a reduction in turn-around time.
Pfc Ralph H. JohnsonFacility remembers namesake during anniversary
August 22, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict, which began in 1945. United States military involvement in the Vietnam War officially began on August 5, 1964.
CWT TraineesTraining Veterans for a New Career
Compensated Work Therapy and Sterile Processing Service have teamed up to create a valuable experience for Veterans to gain on-the-job education and training at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Shirley Mackin proudly displays her honorable discharge papers.World War II Female Veteran
Shirley Mackin is 92-years-old, a patient of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and a female Veteran who served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II until January 1946.
Hurricane winds bend Palmetto treesBe Ready: Hurricane season 2015
The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and ends Nov 30, so it is officially that time of year to be prepared for a storm-related emergency. One key step to take is establishing a family emergency contact.
Lester Pittman, VA VolunteerMindfulness in Motion: Tai Chi helps Veterans heal
The VA offers a mindfulness class free of charge to Veterans, which incorporates gentle yoga moves, mindful breathing and Tai Chi, a form of martial arts. Focused breathing is one of the core building blocks of health.
John Crawford77-year-old Veteran Quits Smoking
At the age of 77, and as a smoker for 55 years, John Crawford started feeling the effects of smoking. He had never experienced any smoking related health issues until about 4 months ago...
LSVTBIGImproving Mobility for Veterans with Parkinson's
The Charleston VAMC now provides a physical therapy treatment that was developed specifically for Parkinson's patients to increase the amplitude of limb and body movements to enhance quality of life.
Rose DoctorMedical Foster Home
The Medical Foster Home program connects Veterans with medical and housing needs with caregivers who are willing to open their homes and provide them with care and love. Rose Doctor is one such caregiver.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Several adults and a child cutting a ribbon in front of a health care clinicVA, Communities, Helping Homeless Veterans
What is a CRRC? It's a lifeline for thousands of homeless Veterans and their families. VA and local communities are partners in the effort, working together to provide needed services.
A woman with graying hair smilesI Served in the Active Military. Yes, I'm One!
Know this: If you are a woman who served in the active military service, you are a Veteran. People may think your military experience was less challenging than that of male Veterans. They're wrong.
A man points to his gardenCombat Veteran, Doctor and Now Gardener
Wesley McFarland, combat Veteran, doctor for 55 years, charged his patients $3.00. Wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, he now lives in a VA Community Living Center ... and he loves it.
An older man with a sporting competitor's numbered bib on his shirt leans on a golf cart carrying his clubs on a golf courseGolden Age Games Underway in Omaha
Golden Age Games — it's all about the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Veterans ... and yes, a good time, competition and fellowship with other Veterans.
A red rash on a person's elbowMy skin itches. Is it psoriasis? What is that?
Veterans who have psoriasis can easily describe the symptoms for you. It's ugly, itchy and painful. VA doctors can help Veterans treat psoriasis. Here's information on this chronic skin disease.
A Veteran wearing a sea captain's hat salutes while rolling his motorized wheelchair among others walking around him2015 VA Walk & Roll Sees Growth
It's called the Walk and Roll when over 23,000 Veterans, VA Employees and American citizens walk a mile for homeless Veterans, raising more than $325,000 worth of donations this year.
A male patient seated on an exam table in an exam room shakes hands with a female doctorTen Things to Know About the Choice Program
If you are enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Here are the answers to ten of the most asked questions about the program.
Woman with a clipboard and pen looks at a man speaking to herHelping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
VA is offering a free online course to private sector health care professionals to help them better serve Veterans and Servicemembers. Hear from a social worker who thinks the course is a good idea.
Two women talk and smile in an exercise roomSummer! Time to swim and picnic ... and volunteer!
Across America, thousands of Americans are pitching in to help our Veterans. Learn about the “Summer of Service” and how you can volunteer at your local VA medical center ... no sunblock needed!
A wife smiles at her husband seated facing her. Relationship a Little Rocky? Time to Retreat
About 20 couples learned how to strengthen their relationship during a two-day Warrior to Soul Mate retreat sponsored recently at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina.

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