Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Monthly Report from the Director
Scott R. Isaacks, FACHE
Medical Center Director
Earth Day Fair
Monday, Apr. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
VAMC Front Lobby
Sexual Assault Awareness Informational Fair
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Charleston VAMC West Entrance Courtyard
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One of the most satisfying parts of being the Director of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is watching people succeed. I’m so proud that more than 160 volunteers were recognized in April for achieving milestones in service to our nation’s heroes. Our VA volunteers dedicated more than 86,000 hours in 65 different assignments last year resulting in a monetary impact of more than $930,000. I’m continually amazed by the selfless service our volunteers, many of them Veterans themselves, devote to our nation’s heroes, and while the statistics are impressive, what our Veteran patients receive in return is priceless.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please visit our Volunteer webpage for more information on how to become part of a wonderful team of passionate people who serve our Veterans and ensure the success of our medical center.
I’m also pleased to announce that we’ve increased access to our audiology clinics at Charleston VAMC, Myrtle Beach VA Specialty Care Annex, and the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic. Additional access includes morning diagnostic walk-in and hearing aid walk-in clinics for Veterans experiencing hearing loss or needing hearing aids reprogrammed by audiology. Visit the Audiology webpage for clinic hours and locations.
Providing quality health care for our Veterans is our top priority. We also realize that involving family members is an important aspect in the healing process. The Charleston Fisher House, being built approximately one mile from Charleston VAMC, is a gift from the Fisher House Foundation and our community to the Veterans cared for by our VA and their families. As the only three-story Fisher House built in the U.S., this original design includes 16 guest suites, a common living room, kitchen and dining room where families can gather for fellowship and support.
Since 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Trux Emerson and the Fisher House Foundation have worked together with supporters from across our community and our country to make the Charleston Fisher House a reality. Their tireless efforts have led to the building of an incredible "home away from home" that will serve our Veterans and their families, while also complementing our city’s historic district. The Charleston Fisher House is expected to open in late 2017. An article on the building's architecture and design is featured in the most recent issue of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
It truly takes all of us working together to provide the care and services our Veterans need, and the respect they deserve. The communities of Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah and Hinesville are all extremely proud of their military heritage, and we are very fortunate to live in such places that honor the brave men and women who wore our nation’s uniform. I want to extend a personal thanks to each and every one of you for all you do to support our VA and our heroes as we continue to partner in service to those who have served us all.
With gratitude and respect,
Scott R. Isaacks