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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local Features

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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A man hands his ID to a woman at a deskTwo Forms of ID Now Needed to Request VHIC Card
VA has strengthened the ID requirements to request the new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Enrolled Veterans now will need two forms of ID. See the acceptable ID documents in this story.
A woman shows a man writing on a large padSeeking New Coping Tools for Veterans with TBI
Cognitive rehabilitation researchers are testing new tools and strategies — from smartphone apps to online brain training — to help Veterans cope with the effects of mild traumatic brain injury.
A doctor stands with two of his patients"Family" of Patients Appreciate VA Doctor
Veteran patients of VA doctor in Augusta, Georgia, tell why they “wouldn’t have any other doctor.” Dr. Jianhua Cheng replies that he just wants to do his best and praises the entire Augusta team.
A homeless man receives a haircutStand Downs - Putting Lives Back Together
Stand Downs — Providing services to homeless Veterans, including health screenings, benefits counseling and other referrals. A collaborative effort by VA and other government and community agencies.
A girl looks over the shoulder of a woman viewing a laptopVeterans: Have a health question? Search here!
We’ve put the contacts for almost all your health questions in one convenient health index. Add this site to your FAVORITES for a link to take you to VA websites with valuable information.
A woman at a call center desk smilesHelping Women Veterans Find the Help They Need
VA’s Women Veterans Call Center has received over 11,000 incoming calls and made nearly 130,000 outbound calls, successfully reaching 76,000 women Veterans. The number is 1-855-VA-WOMEN.
A man in a wheelchair tries to shoot a basket while another man in a wheelchair reaches to blockNational Veterans Wheelchair Games Come to Philadelphia
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are designed to improve the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities and to foster better health through sports competition.
A man in uniform hands a senior Veteran a red coinThe Purple Heart: One Veteran's Long Journey
Thousands of American Veterans have received the Purple Heart. We mark the anniversary of the creation of the award by George Washington with the story of John Reist, wounded three times in Vietnam.
A nurse applies a bandaid to the shoulder of a smiling VeteranVeterans: Keep Your Immunizations Up to Date
Protect you and your family by keeping your vaccinations current. Here are some helpful links to websites on immunization information.
Rendering of a cortisol molecule with black, white and red atoms joined by black and white barsVanquishing PTSD at the Cellular Level
VA researchers are exploring the possibility of using a steroid pill to take the trauma out of traumatic memories by quieting the intense and sometime debilitating emotions associated with those memories.

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