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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Local News Coverage - 2015

VA Southeast Network gets new director

from Post and Courier on Dec. 28, 2015

The director of the Atlanta VA Medical Center has been named the new director for the entire VA Southeast Network, which includes eight VA hospitals in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Volunteer opportunities

from Savannah Morning News on Dec. 27, 2015

Can you help a veteran? The Charleston VA Hospital is seeking volunteers to pick up patients at various points in the Savannah area

Lowcountry Live

from ABC 4 on Dec. 17, 2015

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center honors America's veterans with quality health care services. We are pleased to welcome Public Relations Officer, Tonya Lobbestael and dietitian, Wendy Wiatt.

Charleston VA hospital volunteer recognized by president for service

from Post and Courier on Dec. 25, 2015

Bob Block received a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award and letter from the White House for contributing more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service in his lifetime.

The battle isn't always over when veterans come home

from Aiken Standard on Dec. 6, 2015

When a soldier comes home from war, it doesn't always mean his or her fight is over. "We see combat veterans return with any number of problems...

Lawmaker touts Cuban medical school as fix for rural doctor shortage

from The Post and Courier on Dec. 5, 2015

Just north of Greenville, farmers in rural Henderson County grow 65 percent of all the apples in North Carolina — the seventh largest aggregate crop in the country.

Leaders ask landlords to help end veteran homelessness

from WCIV on Dec. 2, 2015

Local and national organizations are coming together in an effort to help those who laid their lives on the line for our nation, but have since fallen on hard times.

Corporate philanthropy

from The Post and Courier on Nov. 20, 2015

Fisher House Charleston, which will house families of patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, announced it has raised donations of more than $600,000...

Doctor’s sculpture pays homage to lost Marine

from Post and Courier on Nov. 10, 2015

Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson (left) and sculptor, Dr. Edward Byrd, look at a bronze sculpture that depicts Pfc. Dennis Lobbezoo, a young Marine who was killed in combat during the Vietnam War.

Johnson Center proud to care for veterans

from Post and Courier on Nov. 11, 2015

Throughout our country’s history, generation after generation of America’s finest have raised their right hand and sworn an oath to protect and defend our freedom.

Charleston hosted Veterans Day Parade Saturday

from News 2 on Nov. 7, 2015

Veterans from our country’s current and past conflicts were honored this weekend in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Veterans Day parade is Saturday

from Post and Courier on Nov. 5, 2015

The parade will include multiple marching bands, historic military vehicles, motorcycle groups and veterans service organization floats.

Veterans Day Parade Salutes Lowcountry Veterans

from Moultrie News on Nov. 2, 2015

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Veterans Day Parade will include multiple marching bands, historic military vehicles, motorcycle groups, and Veterans service organization floats.

Stand Down Against Homelessness to help Lowcountry Veterans

from ABC 4 on Oct. 27, 2015

Lowcountry volunteers are prepared to do their part to fight homelessness next week. The Ralph H. VA Medical Center has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina and Palmetto Warrior Connection for the 16th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness event.

Homelessness Stand Down event set for Friday

from Post and Courier on Oct. 26, 2015

The 16th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness is set to take place Friday in North Charleston.

Charleston Research Institute board names new members, officers

from CRBJ Biz Wire on Oct. 21, 2015

Charleston Research Institute Board of Directors announced its recently elected officers. Dr. Amanda C. LaRue, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Acting Associate Chief of Staff, Research and Development and MUSC Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was elected chairwoman.

Construction underway for Savannah VA clinic expansion

from WTOC, CBS on Oct. 15, 2015

There is some great news for many of the military families around the area. The Savannah VA clinic is expanding...

New VA clinic making progress

from Savannah Morning News on Oct. 5, 2015

Savannah’s long-awaited new VA medical clinic is beginning to take shape on the city’s southside, with the project still on track to be completed next summer and open for patients in the early fall, a VA spokeswoman said Monday.

Veteran Affairs mental health program helps vet go from hermit to competitive athlete

from Post and Courier on Sept. 29, 2015

Army veteran Don Pinnacle has gone from being a hermit to being an outgoing athlete and volunteer

Letter: Ralph H. Johnson VA staff shines

from Post and Courier on Sept. 23, 2015

The people at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital are truly dedicated to veterans. The number of people they see every day and the system they have to treat them is unreal.

Myrtle Beach community forms an army to serve vets in need

from WMBF on Sept. 18, 2015

There are more than 26,000 veterans in Horry County, and the community is standing behind that group of men and women who fight for our county.

Locals ‘Stand Down’ for Myrtle Beach’s homeless veterans

from The Sun News on Sept. 18, 2015

Volunteers were on hand at the Stand Down for Homelessness event to aid homeless veterans in the area.

VA awards local grants to prevent and end homelessness

from Moultrie News on Sept. 16, 2015

Thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

'Stand Down for Homelessness' held at Savannah Civic Center

from WTOC 11 on Sept. 15, 2015

The annual Stand Down for Homelessness event took place at the Savannah Civic Center on Tuesday.

Charleston VA researchers say magnetic treatment can put depression in remission

from WCIV News 4 on Sept. 15, 2015

Doctors at Charleston's VA say they are testing a way to cure depression and prevent suicides without surgery. The three-year study at the Ralph H. Johnson VA is in the home stretch and the results have been positive.

Local VA center part of groundbreaking blood pressure study

from Post and Courier on Sept. 15, 2015

Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more aggressively treat patients over 50.

Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo set for Saturday in Charleston

from Post and Courier on Sept. 2, 2015

The seventh annual Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Marion Square. The expo coincides with National Suicide Prevention Month.

VA holds Mental Health Summit

from The Moultrie News on Sept. 2, 2015

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center invites community partner mental health and veteran service organizations to attend its third annual Mental Health Summit on Sept. 11, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, 2100 Charlie Hall Blvd., Charleston.

Construction begins for Hinesville Housing Authority apartment project

from The Coastal Courier on Sept. 1, 2015

Construction on the Hineshouse Way 1 and 2 Apartments has begun. The project is part of the Hinesville Housing Authority’s overall vision to assist with the shortage of affordable Housing for veterans in Hinesville and the surrounding areas.

South Carolina hospitals tackle readmission rates

from Post and Courier on Sept. 1, 2015

South Carolina hospitals are trying to reduce patient readmissions within 30 days of discharge because readmission rates are increasingly considered a reliable benchmark for quality.

VA program helps Veterans start new career

from NBC News 2 on Aug. 28, 2015

Getting struggling veterans back on their feet, that’s the goal of a unique program a the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital. The first step is to help veterans find jobs, and then keep them.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps disabled vets cope

from The Post and Courier on Aug. 22, 2015

To Max Hearn, the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program thattakes place twice a month at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital has allowed him to recapture a bit of his childhood.

Head of Charleston VA Medical Center providing update

from Washington Times on Aug. 5, 2015

The head of the Ralph Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston is providing an update on the facility.

Program allows Charleston families to adopt veterans in need of care

from WCIV on Jul 22, 2015

A Charleston's Veterans Affairs program allows families to essentially adopt veterans in need of nursing home-level care. "It's very much a family model system,"...

Veterans group buys new medical van

from The Sun News on July 16, 2015

The Disabled American Veterans, Grand Strand Chapter 30, purchased a new van to transport VA patients to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

Fireworks can trigger PTSD in Veterans

from Live 5 News on July 3, 2015

Fireworks are a celebration for many, but for some it's a source of anxiety that brings back vivid memories of war. This is the case for some veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Sen. Scott to speak at Grand Opening of VA Community Center

from Count on 2 on June 5, 2015

U.S. Senator, Tim Scott will be speaking at the grand opening ceremony of the VA Community Resource and Referral Center, today, June 5th.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center opens Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)

from Moultrie News on June 5, 2015

A grand opening of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s new Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) will be held today. CEO of Palmetto Goodwill Robert Smith, Mayor Keith Summey, VA Southeast Network Interim Director Thomas Smith, Senator Tim Scott and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Director Scott Isaacks will all be featured speakers. The keynote address will be given by Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Letter: VA care in Myrtle Beach is excellent; I prefer it to Medicare

from Myrtle Beach Online on May 20, 2015

Even though - like the vast majority of veterans - I have no medical issues from my military service, I feel fortunate to have had access for the past 12 years to the Myrtle Beach Veteran’s Affairs clinic.

New military physical therapy clinic opening in Goose Creek

from Live 5 News on May 20, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are opening a new joint physical therapy clinic in Goose Creek.

Darius Rucker surprises deserving veteran with a new house

from Today on May 14, 2015

It's a good thing to be on Darius Rucker's radar. The singer, whose "Homegrown Honey" music video is nominated for a CMT Award, is giving away 11 homes during his Southern Style tour this summer...

Congressman Carter's office hosts Veterans Forum

from WJCL on May 4, 2015

Area veterans get their chance to voice their opinions about their medical care.

Federal Agencies Community Exhibition

from Moultrie News on May 5, 2015

The Federal Executive Association of the Greater Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will host informational exhibitions by various federal agencies...

Letter: Beaufort VA clinic helpful in every way

from The Beaufort Gazette on Apr 25, 2015

After your recent front-page story on long wait times for veterans at many Department of Veterans Affairs clinics, I would like to voice my support for the clinic located in Beaufort.

Housing Authority receives $249,000 for homeless veterans

from The Post and Courier on Apr 22, 2015

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston in partnership with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has received $249,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeless veterans housing.

Myrtle Beach homeless veterans to receive help to secure housing

from The Sun News on Apr 21, 2015

The federal departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs this week awarded an additional $65 million to local housing authorities...

Denver VA hospital gets former Charleston director as interim chief

from Denver Post on Apr 13, 2015

A former leader of two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals has been named as the interim director of its medical center in Denver. Carolyn Adams, who most recently led the VA medical center in Charleston, S.C., starts overseeing an eastern Colorado health care system serving 81,000 veterans Tuesday.

Work set to start on new VA clinic

from The Savannah Morning News on Apr 9, 2015

With groundbreaking in less than two weeks, construction on the long-promised new VA medical clinic in Savannah is finally getting underway.

Lowcountry veterans seen more quickly at VA hospital, clinics

from The Post and Courier on Apr 8, 2015

Veterans seeking treatment at the VA Medical Center in Charleston or at any of the hospital’s surrounding clinics tend to be seen more quickly for appointments than veterans in other parts of South Carolina or the rest of the country, new data shows.

VA hospital to start parking garage construction Friday

from Post and Courier on Mar 23, 2015

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is finally getting a new parking garage. The $10 million project, which was originally scheduled to break ground last year, will eventually add nearly 1,000 spaces to the hospital.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Parking Garage Ground Breaking Friday

from Moultrie News on Mar 23, 2015

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will begin construction on the two story parking garage in the Spring of 2015. The new parking facility will be located on the south side of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Hundreds swarm veterans job fair in North Charleston

from Post and Courier on Mar 9, 2015

Amy Harmon will leave the Coast Guard in May after seven years and she’s looking for a job. “I want to get into renewable energy,” Harmon, 28, said. She was among hundreds of veterans and active military members who turned out Monday

Naval Hospital Beaufort Opens Dermatology Clinic in VA

from WSAV on Feb. 27, 2015

A new dermatology clinic is another way for the VA at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort to serve those who served their country. Hospital staff cut the ribbon to the clinic today. They say a growing veteran and active duty military population in the Lowcountry calls for more specialty clinics, particularly when it brings convenience to patients.

Veterans Affairs, DOD open clinic at Beaufort Naval Hospital

from Associated Press on Feb. 26, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are opening a new dermatology clinic at the Beaufort Naval Hospital.

Veterans Affairs, DOD open clinic at Beaufort Naval Hospital

from Live 5 News on Feb. 25, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are opening a new dermatology clinic at the Beaufort Naval Hospital. The grand opening of the clinic is set for Thursday.

Letter: Praise for the VA

from The Post and Courier on Feb 12, 2015

I want to send a big thank you to all the folks at the VA Hospital in Charleston. From the time my father-in-law was diagnosed with a very serious illness at the beginning of August 2014, our family has been overwhelmed by the care...

Letter: Thankful for the VA

from The Post and Courier on Feb 06, 2015

How blessed we veterans are to have the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in Charleston. I’m an 83-year-old Korean War Army Airborne Ranger. I’ve had three operations at the VA, and this month I’m having surgery for colon cancer.

Army Corps of Engineers improves VA, Army medical facilities

from army.mil on Jan 28, 2015

... Perhaps less visible has been the Corps' involvement in a number of other construction activities, including expansion and modernization of hospitals and clinics operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, and the Army.

Charleston VA hospital earns top rating

from The Post and Courier on Jan 26, 2015

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has been named the sixth-fastest-growing VA hospital in the country.
It also received a 5-star rating, according to the VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value model...

Decorated veteran, volunteer remembered for his service

from ABC News 4 on Jan 15, 2015

A legacy of service and sacrifice has come full circle for one Lowcountry man.
Mt. Pleasant native Bill Corbin, 82, passed away in December but is being remembered by his friends at the Ralph H. Johnson VA facility on Thursday morning.

New Savannah VA Clinic finally on way

from Washington Times (AP) on Jan 11, 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract for its long-promised new medical clinic in Savannah to Johnson Development of Birmingham, Ala., which will build and manage the expanded facility at 11111 Rio Road.

Flu deaths continue mounting in South Carolina

from The Post and Courier on Jan 07, 2015

The number of flu deaths spiked in South Carolina during the week ending Jan. 3, bringing the total number of fatalities this season to 38 across the state.

Children, sick residents asked not to visit hospital patients to prevent spreading flu

from ABC 4 on Jan 07, 2015

Hospitals across the Lowcountry are joining together to ask that children 12 and under refrain from visiting patients and that anyone with signs of the flu, respiratory illness or cold also avoid visiting those hospitalized.

A local war hero Nick Riccio has passed away

from News 2 on Jan 06, 2015

A local war hero has passed away. Francis Nicholas "Nick" Riccio, 29 of Charleston died Tuesday January 6 at his West Ashley home.

New VA Clinic coming to Savannah

from WTOC on Jan 06, 2015

It's been years in the making, but a new VA Clinic is finally coming to Savannah.

New Savannah VA Clinic finally on way

from Savannah Morning News on Jan 06, 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract for its long-promised new medical clinic in Savannah to Johnson Development of Birmingham, Ala., which will build and manage the expanded facility at 11111 Rio Road.