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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


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Eleven new and expecting female Veteran mothers attended the Trident VA Clinic's Baby Shower on May 9. Photo by James Arrowood.Trident Clinic hosts a baby shower for Veterans
On May 9 the Trident VA Outpatient Clinic held its very first baby shower to honor and support local Veteran patients of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as they prepare to welcome new children into their family.
Dr. Cara Smith helps Veteran Iona Trexler insert her scleral lenses to check for fit of the lens. Photo by James Arrowood.Scleral lenses: helping Veterans see clearly
Dr. Cara Smith, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC optometry resident, fits Veterans with scleral lenses, a hard contact lens that improves vision and comfort for Veterans with certain eye conditions.
Kristin LeMatty joined the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC team in the summer of 2017 as the medical center administrative fellow. Photo by James Arrowood.working together...why I choose VA
Meet Kristin LeMatty, this year's Ralph H. Johnson VAMC administrative fellow. She's passionate about prioritizing innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration to bring excellent health care to Veterans.
Volunteer Sam Graham helps prepare bagels for the coffee cart available for Veterans in the Charleston VAMC from lobby and staffed daily by volunteers. Photo by James Arrowood.Celebrating Charleston VAMC volunteers
Last week we celebrated National Healthcare Volunteer Week. A time in April every year when we recognize the dedication and hard work of our Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Volunteers. Meet one of our loyal volunteers--Sam Graham.
(from left to right) Ski instructor Andrea Hanson, Veteran John Felix and Charleston VAMC Director & CEO Scott Isaacks finish a day on the slopes in Colorado at the 2018 National Disabled Winter Sports Clinic. Photo courtesy of John Felix.Charleston VAMC Vets attend Winter Sports Clinic
Three Charleston VAMC Veteran patients attended the 2018 Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in April. Alongside them this year, Charleston VA Director Scott Isaacks volunteered as a boot loader at the clinic.
VA’s data site releases opioid-prescribing rates for VA medical centers nationwide and includes an interactive map that allows users to search by site. Data is released semi-annually on Jan. 15 and July 15.Opioid reduction at Charleston VAMC
The VA is the only health-care system in the country to publicly post opioid prescribing rates. The Charleston VA has seen a 46 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions in the five-year period from 2012 to 2017.
Helen Richards, sister of PFC Ralph H. Johnson, addresses the more than 5,500 attendees during the commissioning of the USS Ralph Johnson.USS Ralph Johnson officially joins Navy fleet
More than 5,500 attendees cheered as the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the Navy’s 64th Arleigh Burke class destroyer, was commissioned on March 24 at the Columbus Street Pier in Charleston.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center now offers another convenient option for Veterans to receive appointment reminders – text messages direct to your mobile device for patients who choose this option.Text Message Appointment Reminders
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center now offers another convenient option for Veterans to receive appointment reminders – text messages direct to your mobile device for patients who choose this option.
Charleston VAMC Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialist Alex Smith sits with Veteran Max Hern to demonstrate the benefits of CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) used to adjust magnification, lighting, color, and contrast of a document, allowing Veterans with low vision to read.Charleston welcomes new Blind Rehab Specialist
In February, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center welcomed a new Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialist (BROS)—Alex Smith. Of the 170 VA Medical Centers throughout the country, there are only 95 BROS.
Manager Vicki Johnson stands in the entry way of the Charleston Fisher House.continuing my service, my mission, my VA
Vicki Johnson is the first manager of the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Fisher House and describes her job as "an opportunity of a lifetime." Since opening on Jan. 10, more than 60 families have stayed at the Fisher House.

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