Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Local News Coverage - 2014
Charleston VA will host second listening forum
from The Post and Courier on Dec 10, 2014
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical will host a listening forum on Tuesday for patients to discuss "issues and services" related to their health care.
Mental health research building unveiled at VAMC
from WCSC on Dec 8, 2014
Excitement was in the air at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical center Monday as the new start-of-the-art Mental Health Research Building was unveiled.
Charleston VA opens $10M mental health center
from ABC News 4 on Dec 8, 2014
The Ralph Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston opened its new $10 million mental health research center Monday.
Charleston VA opens mental health research facility
from Charleston Business Journal on Dec 8, 2014
Between 2002 and 2013, more than 1.6 million veterans left active duty and became eligible for VA care, but just over half of them have access, according to Dr. Hugh Myrick, associate chief of staff for mental health service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Charleston VA unveils brand-new mental health research facility
from The Post and Courier on Dec 7, 2014
A new $10 million addition to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will enhance the ongoing clinical research that scientists here are able to conduct for veterans with mental health needs. The hospital in Charleston treats almost 60,000 patients every year.
Charleston VA holding nursing recruitment event
from ABC News 4 on Dec 6, 2014
The Charleston Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for a few good nurses.
Deputy Secretary for Veterans Affairs visits Charleston
from News 2 on Dec 5, 2014
After a tumultuous year for veteran healthcare organizations nationwide, the Ralph H. Johnson VA medical center in downtown Charleston is getting some help from a national leader.
VA deputy secretary talks patient care, wait times
from WCSC on Dec 5, 2014
A top official from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was in Charleston talking about access to care.
ER Tech Mike Norris walks 13 miles a day at work
from Charleston City Paper on Dec 3, 2014
Mike Norris is one of the few people who can spend 15 years working in the emergency room and not burn out.
All-inclusive exhibition celebrates 20 years at the Jepson
from Do Savannah on Dec 2, 2014
“I Have Marks to Make” is the longest-running public program and community exhibition at the Telfair Museums, and for a good reason.
Challenged Tour: Golfer overcomes partial paralysis
from golfchannel.com on Dec 3, 2014
Fred Gutierrez is hot – literally and figuratively. The temperature here is higher than forecast, and he has bladed his approach over the first green. Instead of a birdie putt, he has a blind uphill pitch.
Editorial: VA scandal hits home: Vet hooked on morphine, takes his own life
from Savannah Morning News on Nov 22, 2014
For some time, a monster had been chasing the 66-year-old retired music teacher and U.S. Army veteran. This beast was relentless.
Charleston Vet Center pampers female veterans during annual event
from WCSC on Nov 19, 2014
Female veterans discharged after September 11, 2001, have a harder time finding work than their male counterparts.
Just Saying No to Pain Meds
from www.va.gov on Nov 18, 2014
Dr. Robert Friedman uses Chinese pulse diagnosis to determine deficiencies or excesses in a patient’s energy in order to guide acupuncture treatment. The technique is well over 2,000 years old.
Big hospital-drive projects coming to Charleston peninsula
from The Post and Courier on Nov 14, 2014
Charleston's top transportation official says the city will minimize the impact several planned hospital projects may have on peninsular traffic next year.
Annual Veterans Day Parade draws crowd, gratitude
from WCSC on Nov 8, 2014
James Island's John Berry wouldn't miss it for the world. Each year, the Navy veteran puts up two folding chairs, one for himself, and one for his wife, on the corners of Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue Downtown.
VA Chief: Wait times down, choice cards in mail
from The Sun News on Nov 6, 2014
For every minute a roadway is blocked for a vehicle crash, it takes four minutes to clear the stalled traffic backed up because of the crash, said Brian Purvis, a consultant working with the S.C. Department of Transportation to manage traffic.
Charleston veterans center will host a womens’ health event
from WBTW on Nov 13, 2014
The Charleston Vet Center and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center invite all women veterans to an afternoon of health care and pampering at the Holistic Health Care for Women Veterans event, Wednesday November. 19.
New VA clinic still in limbo
from Savannah Now on Nov 11, 2014
In 2009, the Veterans Administration acknowledged the need for a larger VA medical clinic in Savannah. The area’s veteran population had surged as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began to wind down and more discharged military personnel enrolled in VA medical care.
VA Doctor Calls PTSD Public Health Crisis
from WLTX on Nov 10, 2014
As troops return home from America's longest war, the latest Veterans Administration study says an estimated 22 veterans will kill themselves every day.
Prosthetics for wounded, aging vets have come a long way
from The Post and Courier on Nov 10, 2014
Twenty years after he left Vietnam for good, Army veteran Ronald Nesbitt lost three-quarters of his right foot in an emergency operation.
Editorial: Those that served deserve appreciation
from Charleston Daily Mail on Nov 10, 2014
Today, Veterans Day, honors the 21.8 million men and women who served the nation in the military in times of war and in times of peace.
Sen. Tim Scott due praise for focus on veterans
from The T and D on Nov 10, 2014
Tim Scott is getting a lot of national publicity as the first African-American U.S. senator elected from South Carolina since Reconstruction.
VA nurses: Delayed care for vets ignored for years at Charleston medical center
from The Post and Courier on Nov 2, 2014
Two nurses who work at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center say their managers have for years ignored and covered up how veterans are forced to wait months for appointments - echoing the scandal at VA hospitals across the country earlier this year.
VA hospital, Goodwill host 15th annual Stand Down for Homelessness
from The Post and Courier on Oct 31, 2014
VA makes ‘Stand Down Against Homelessness’ a one-day event
from WCSC on Oct 31, 2014
More than 1,700 homeless veterans, and others in need, are expected to fill lines at Armory Park in North Charleston Friday morning for the 15th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness.
Homeless find hope at Stand Down event
from ABC News 4 on Oct 31, 2014
A long line of veterans camped outside Armory Park in North Charleston early Friday morning hoping to take advantage of free services aimed at giving them a new beginning.
Tele-ICU gives Charleston VA Medical Center instant link to Ohio colleagues
from www.va.gov on Oct 14, 2014
Charleston VA ranked in top 10 percent in US
from WBTV, KPTV, WTAT, WCSC on Oct 10, 2014
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston received a 5-Star rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value model in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.
Flu shots free for vets this week at VA
from News 2 on Oct 6, 2014
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is offering free flu vaccines for veterans.
Frank Mullis named Veteran of the Year
from Savannah Morning News on Oct 6, 2014
Frank Mullis stood stoic as the blue sash identifying him as Chatham County’s Veteran of the Year was placed over his broad shoulders.
Seeing green? Remember those struggling with mental illness
from The Post and Courier on Oct 7, 2014
From the Ashley River Memorial Bridge to local hospitals to the College of Charleston, the area will shine green Wednesday to shed light on mental illness.
Video chat with a doctor: New technology unveiled at local VA hospital
from WCSC on Oct 7, 2014
The number of doctors treating patients in critical care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has spiked. That's because doctors from Ohio will now be able treat patients in Charleston through a video camera.
Tele-ICU gives Charleston VA Medical Center instant link to Ohio colleagues
from Charleston Business Journal on Oct 7, 2014
The nearly 50 nurses and approximately 20 physicians who work in the surgical and medical intensive care units at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center picked up some extra colleagues from Ohio this morning.
Good moves for VA accountability
from The Post and Courier on Oct 9, 2014
In a welcome move, the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, former Proctor & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald, has taken swift advantage of new powers granted to him by Congress to announce he will fire four senior executives for poor performance and wrongdoing.
Charleston VA unveils distance medical technology
from Moultrie News on Oct 9, 2014
The Charleston Veterans Affairs hospital is unveiling a new distance medical technology for its intensive care unit.