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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


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Ralph H. Johnson VAMC MOVE! Coordinator Becci Luhrs speaks at the 2017 Charleston VA Go Red Health Fair to educate Veterans on proper nutrition and healthy exercise. Photo by James Arrowood.Charleston VA champions heart health
During February’s American Heart Month, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC and its community clinics have planned events to help educate Veterans about the risk factors for heart disease and inform them of ways to reduce their risk.
Dr. Hutchison receives the John Chase Executive Excellence AMSUS award from Dr. Carolyn Clancy, who was the plenary speaker for the conference.Charleston VA Chief of Staff wins John Chase Award
Charleston VAMC Chief of Staff, Dr. Florence Hutchison, was recognized by a leading non-profit health care group for providing outstanding leadership in a number of roles during her 33-year VA career.
Jackie Wilkserson, Savannah Clinic Administrative Officeroutstanding mission, myVA
Meet the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic Administrative Officer Jackie Wilkerson, who strives to provide outstanding customer service to Veterans. A Veteran herself, she wants to create exceptional patient experiences.
Food in the Emergency Food Pantry.Combating food insecurity, one Veteran at a time
The Emergency Food Pantry is a collaboration between Charleston VA’s Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service, Logistics Service, the Lowcountry Food Bank and the Tri-County Veterans Support Network.
Bryan Anderson visits with attendees after his emotional presentation.Veteran and triple amputee inspires fellow Vets
U.S. Army Veteran and triple amputee Bryan Anderson visited the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center on Jan. 23, sharing his inspiring personal journey with fellow Veterans, VAMC staff, volunteers and visitors.
Woman checks her weight on a scale.Getting healthy: setting goals for 2018
This year set achievable goals and stick to those New Year's resolutions of losing weight and getting fit. A Charleston VAMC dietitian shares some keys to success and learn how Charleston VA's MOVE! program can help.
Dr. Nichole Tanner reviews a Veteran x-ray with her team.Helping Veterans combat lung cancer
Charleston VAMC utilizes a Multidiciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic and screening program to detect and combat lung cancer, increasing survivability rates in a patient-centered care environment.
Voluntary Service representative presents angel tree gifts to Veteran in need.Angel tree donors bless Veteran families in need
Gifts are by Charleston VAMC employees, Veteran service organizations, local churches and community groups through Voluntary Service’s Angel Tree program, which exists to support low-income Veteran families.
Veteran Stacy Pearsall and service dog CharlieAir Force Veteran gets a helping paw
Veteran service dog Charlie, provided by America's VetDogs, is helping Air Force Veteran Stacy Pearsall continue her Veterans Portrait Project work and face challenges from battle injuries.
Delegation cuts ceremonial ribbon at the Fisher House grand opening.Community welcomes Fisher House to Charleston
Last Thursday, Veterans, community members and Charleston VA Medical Center employees and volunteers gathered at 150 Wentworth Street for the grand opening of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Fisher House.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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