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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Local News Coverage - 2016

Charleston VA program helps blind veterans regain their independence

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 24, 2016

Vicki Stoughton may be one of the best-kept secrets at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

Report: Charleston VA employees 'improperly' handled appointment records

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 21, 2016

A new federal report has determined that patient appointment requests at Charleston's Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center were sometimes marked "discontinued" or "completed" when it was not clear that veterans had been seen yet by outside health care providers.

Antioxidant Helps Treat Veterans with Comorbid PTSD, Substance Use Disorder

from Psych Central on Dec. 19, 2016

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant used in both conventional and alternative medicine and is particularly known for its role in treating patients with acetaminophen overdose.

Immunotherapy offers hope – and sometimes a cure – to cancer patients

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 18, 2016

Three months before physicians at Medical University Hospital discharged Madelyn Graf to hospice – some of them convinced that her cancer was incurable and her death was imminent – she came home from the gym perfectly healthy except for a stomach ache.

Medal of Honor recipient remembered by family

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 17, 2016

Helen Richards, of Charleston, lays a wreath on her brother's, Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson, headstone during the Wreaths Across America event on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort.

Letter: Name the hospital

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 18, 2016

The only medical center that consistently ranks in the 90th percentile of all private and public hospitals for quality of care is here in Charleston, according to the Healthcare Effectiveness and Info System.

Novel approach shows promise for treating co-occurring PTSD and SUD

from News Medical on Dec. 17, 2016

N-acetylcysteine, when combined with group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), reduced symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cravings, and depression significantly more than CBT alone in veterans with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorder, a particularly difficult-to-treat population, according to the findings of a randomized controlled pilot trial conducted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Reservists brighten VA patients’ Christmas

from 315th Airlift Wing on Dec. 15, 2016

A few of Santa’s little helpers from Joint Base Charleston made a special Christmas delivery to Veteran residents at the Charleston VA’s Patriot Harbor Community Living Center Dec. 14.

Telemedicine for PTSD no less effective than in-person therapy

from Business Insider on Dec. 13, 2016

Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who have difficulties making it to in-person therapy sessions may be able to get treatment that’s just as good by videoconference.

Antique shop raises money for homeless veterans

from WJCL on Dec. 11, 2016

Sandfly Market Place in Savannah hosted a holiday fundraiser for homeless veterans in the area on Saturday night.

Healing an overlooked part of Charleston: the hospital district

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 9, 2016

Charleston’s hospital district — roughly between Rutledge Avenue, Calhoun Street, Lockwood Boulevard and Cannon Street — has been one of the most dramatically evolving parts of a historic city that has prided itself more on preserving the old rather than embracing the new.

VA Hospital workers beat the traffic by vanpool

from Live 5 News on Dec. 8, 2016

The federal government is encouraging its workers to vanpool, getting them off the roads and out of parking spaces. At a local VA Hospital, word is getting out with workers joining together to get to downtown by vanpool.

Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony honors veterans, 100-year-old survivor

from The Savannah Morning News on Dec. 4, 2016

Every year, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force hosts a remembrance ceremony on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Stand Down Against Homelessness draws smaller crowd this year

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 2, 2016

On Friday morning, dozens of volunteers stood ready at the Veterans Center in North Charleston for the VA hospital's 17th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness.

PHOTOS: Charleston VA Stand Down Against Homelessness

from The Post & Courier on Dec. 2, 2016

The Charleston VA held its Stand Down Against Homeless for veterans in North Charleston Friday.

Telemedicine may work as well as in-person visits for depression

from Fox News on Dec. 1, 2016

Treating depression with video conference calls may offer symptom improvement similar to in-person visits, a recent U.S. study suggests.

I get by with help from my friends: Maintaining immune cells in head and neck cancer

from Medical Xpress on Nov. 30, 2016

In an article published September 22, 2016 in Frontiers in Immunology, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center report that inhibiting prostaglandin production slows the progression of premalignant lesions to head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

Stand Down Against Homelessness

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 30, 2016

This Saturday, The VA hospital along with Goodwill and The Palmetto Warrior connection are offering a free event!

17th Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness rescheduled

from Moultrie News on Nov. 28, 2016

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection has rescheduled its 17th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness for Friday, Dec. 2 at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center.

Home-based telemental health care benefits veterans

from Public Now on Nov. 28, 2016

Home-based telemental health care for depression is well received by patients and delivers as good a quality of life as in-person visits, according to the results of a clinical trial in 241 depressed elderly veterans reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC).

VA's 'Stand Down Against Homelessness' set for Friday

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 28, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection will host the 17th annual "Stand Down Against Homelessness" on Friday at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center in North Charleston.

Serving those who served

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 25, 2016

Many U.S. military veterans learned during active duty what it’s like to be separated from their families at birthdays and anniversaries. And they know that family becomes even more important when veterans are sick or injured.

Study suggests home-based telemental health delivers better quality of life for veterans

from Medical Xpress on Nov. 23, 2016

Home-based telemental health for depression is well received by patients and delivers as good a quality of life as in-person visits, according to the results of a clinical trial in 241 depressed elderly veterans reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Ralph H. Johnson Helping Homeless Veterans

from Fox Charleston on Nov. 19, 2016

Many of our Nation’s veterans wake up on the streets; homeless, jobless and suffering from mental health issues.On Tuesday, Robert Beck was taken out of his Summerville motel room on a gurney. He was taken to the VA medical center after barricading himself inside.

Fisher House Charleston Groundbreaking

from Where Event on Nov. 18, 2016

Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest level quality care from cardiology to neurology to primary and mental health care for more than 67,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast.

Construction underway on Fisher House for family members at VA Hospital

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 18, 2016

Family members of patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center soon will have a Fisher House, which is a free place to stay much like a Ronald McDonald House.

New "home away from home" for veteran families

from Live 5 News on Nov. 18, 2016

More than 50,000 veteran families live along South Carolina's coast. Thanks to a special community partnership between the Fisher Foundation and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, those families will have a home away from home while loved ones are treated at the VA.

PHOTOS: Heroes Among Us: The ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

Photos from the symposium, Heroes Among Us: The ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Heroes Among Us: Lt. Frank Walker

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

The rifle range at Columbia's Fort Jackson bears his name -- honoring a heroic act by South Carolinan Lt. Frank Walker in the Vietnam War.

Heroes Among Us: Private First Class Ralph Johnson

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

Few can tell his story better than platoon leader Lt. Clebe McClary from Georgetown, S.C. Johnson was an athlete, a Charlestonian, a teenager and a close friend of McClary’s.

Heroes Among Us: Major General James Livingston

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

It’s been 52 years since Major General James Livingston became a Marine. “When I got my draft notice, I said I would do my duty,” Livingston said. He was committed to his country. He wanted to “do the mission.”

Heroes Among Us: Major Jackie Hall

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

Approximately 11,000 military women were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict. Nearly all of them were volunteers, and 90 percent served as military nurses.

Heroes Among Us: The ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

There were no parades when these soldiers returned home. They saw flags burning and were often met with judgement from those who did not approve of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Veterans often face problems with 'no where to turn'

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 17, 2016

They put their lives on the line, but are we doing enough to help veterans when they come home? What services are out there to help them?

Patriots Point to host live TV special on Vietnam War

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 16, 2016

A one-hour television special on the Vietnam War will be broadcast live from aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mount Pleasant hotel touts waterfront escape

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 13, 2016

“A television special on the Vietnam War airs live from the Yorktown at Patriots Point on Thursday. The program starts at 7 p.m. on local ABC affiliate WCIV-TV. It’s called “Heroes Among Us: The Ongoing 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.” ”

The week ahead in business

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 13, 2016

FRIDAY: The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center break ground for the Charleston Fisher House, a “home away from home” at no cost for families and caregivers of veterans and active duty military personnel receiving treatment at the medical center. The event starts at 10 a.m. at 150 Wentworth St. in downtown Charleston.

‘Heroes Among Us’

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 13, 2016

The public is invited to hear first-hand stories of military service members who became heroes in the line of duty, featuring USMC Lt. Clebe McClary’s story of survival and sacrifice during his service in the Vietnam War, as well as his experience with Ralph H. Johnson, the Medal of Honor recipient for whom the Charleston VA Medical Center is named. The stories of Frank Walker and Jackie Hall also will be shared. First-come, first-served seating.

Local veteran a finalist in national fly tying competition

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 12, 2016

For a man who still hasn’t had the opportunity to catch a fish using a fly rod, Mount Pleasant’s John Warland has come a long way in a short time. From hundreds of entries across the country, the U.S. Coast Guard veteran is one of five finalists in the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Annual Fly Tying event.

Ralph Johnson Center salutes our veterans

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 10, 2016

Today, Friday, Nov. 11, we here at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center join a grateful nation in observing Veterans Day. We hold this day in the highest esteem as a day to offer our most heartfelt thanks to those who have donned military uniforms in service to our country – those we are privileged to serve, heal, and celebrate

A veteran adjusts to civilian life with help from his wife

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 10, 2016

Chris Hart confronted his own mortality in Fallujah. It was April 2004. He was a year out of high school and one month into his deployment. He was barely a man. This was his first tour of duty as a Marine in Iraq. Boot camp at Parris Island tested his limits, transforming him into a warrior.

Veterans workshop Thursday, parade Sunday afternoon

from The Press and Standard on Nov. 9, 2016

We have nearly 6,000 veterans in Colleton County. According to the 2015 Geographical Distribution Report, 3,740 are receiving VA benefits.

Five stars for the new VA

from Connect Savannah on Nov. 9, 2016

While health care for veterans in other parts of the country remains seriously compromised by long wait times and patient neglect, Major Jennifer Anderson has no complaints.

Between the Stacks - Giving thanks to our veterans

from The Moultrie News on Nov. 9, 2016

The month of November has a lot of important dates and holidays, including Election Day and Thanksgiving Day. It’s also Military Family Appreciation Month, and Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day events in the Savannah area

from Do Savannah on Nov. 7, 2016

Veterans Day pop-up exhibit. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. “Art by Everyday Heroes”.

Go the extra mile where veterans are concerned

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 7, 2016

Going the extra mile can mean many different things depending on context and experience. It carries a distinctly unique meaning to the volunteers who regularly pick up and deliver veterans for their necessary trips to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

Celebrating Veterans

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 6, 2016

The annual Veterans Day Parade traveled through East Bay and Broad Streets hosted by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center with Navy Chief Francis Bolds a World War II veteran serving as the Grand Marshal.

Veterans honored early with parade in downtown Charleston

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 6, 2016

Veterans Day is this Friday November 11, but people lined the streets of downtown Charleston a little early honoring those who served. More than 50 organizations took part in the Veterans Parade Sunday. People waved as veterans rode by on motorcycles and floats.

Veteran Uses Home-Based Telehealth for PTSD Treatment

from Do Savannah on Nov. 3, 2016

After serving in the Army with multiple tours abroad, Jon Darling now spends his days on his farm in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He works with multiple organizations that connect veterans with small farms. He does it for the work, the cause, and the community.

WWII veteran continues to serve

from Joint Base Charleston on Nov. 3, 2016

Francis Bolds, United States Navy Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer from James Island, South Carolina, and a World War II (WWII) veteran, helps support other veterans by escorting them to their appointments throughout the Veterans Affairs (VA) building in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

17th Annual Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness rescheduled

from Moultrie News on Nov. 1, 2016

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection has rescheduled its 17th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness for Friday, Dec. 2 at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center, 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Charleston Veterans Day parade set for Sunday

from The Post & Courier on Oct. 31, 2016

Attendees of the Charleston Veterans Day parade can expect to see military units, floats and vintage vehicles, according to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“Art by Everyday Heroes” Veterans’ Day Pop-Up Exhibit

from The Savannah Tribune on Oct. 26, 2016

There will be a one day pop-up art exhibit at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016. “Art by Everyday Heroes” features the work of 14 local veterans who attend a painting class at the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic.

Community celebrates grand opening of new VA clinic in Savannah

from WJCL on Oct. 25, 2016

Veterans, city leaders and community members celebrated the opening of the new Ralph H. Johnson VA Outpatient clinic Tuesday.

New Savannah VA clinic to open next month

from WJCL on Oct. 23, 2016

In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs made a tough decision about its 25-year-old clinic on Montgomery Crossroad: It had to go.

Patient Control of Healthcare Boosts Diabetes Management

from WJCL on Oct. 12, 2016

When patients take a more active role in their healthcare, physical and mental quality of life improves. And while overall diabetes management also improves, glycemic control is largely unaffected, so say authors in an article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.

Does Patient-Centered Care in Diabetes Improve Glycemic Control and Quality of Life?

from WJCL on Oct. 4, 2016

A new study has found that while patient-centered care (PCC) was associated with significant improvements in both physical and mental quality of life and some aspects of diabetes self-management, it did not have a significant effect on glycemic control.

Cancellations due to Hurricane Matthew

from WJCL on Oct. 4, 2016

Due to the weather threats posed by Hurricane Matthew, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection has postponed the Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness that was originally scheduled for Friday, October 7.

Music helps heal veterans through free guitar lessons

from The Post and Courier on Oct. 1, 2016

Marta O’Conner used to be pretty angry. The Beaufort woman constantly grappled with the resentment she would feel at the sight of people who were happy. She wondered how so many people could live in such absolute ignorance.

New VA Outpatient Clinic in Savannah set to open in 2 weeks

from WTOC on Sept. 31, 2016

There is good news is coming for Savannah's 50,000 plus Veterans. Six years in the planning, design and now building phase, WTOC has been given an exclusive inside look as the new VA Savannah Outpatient Clinic. The clinic is almost ready to open its doors.

Veterans Among First Patients to Receive Cell Therapy

from WTOC on Sept. 27, 2016

Building on the results of a recent Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute study published just six months ago, the Department of Defense has awarded a $10 million grant to fund a cardiac cell therapy trial for patients diagnosed with a common but difficult-to-treat form of heart failure.

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Seeking solutions to antibiotic resistance

from AGRINews on Sept. 26, 2016

Everyone hopes for a simple, straight forward answer to every problem,” said Dr. M.A. McCrackin, a featured speaker at the upcoming NIAA Antibiotics Symposium. “It would be satisfying, but there is just not a simple solution to combating antibiotic resistance.

Heroes Among Us: Survival & Sacrifice

from Where Event on Sept. 19, 2016

Together with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, we invite the public to come hear first-hand stories of both survival and sacrifice in the name of service to our nation's military.

Myrtle Beach Stand Down September 23

from AARP on Sept. 15, 2016

On Friday, September 23, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center along with the Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic, in partnership with AARP South Carolina and the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center will host the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Building, 3392 Phillis Blvd.

Homeless Savannah residents get help at annual Stand Down event

from Savannah Morning News on Sept. 15, 2016

Every year, Carol Clinton pays a visit to the Savannah Civic Center. On Tuesday, the 59-year-old veteran made her rounds, talking to people at every booth that was lined up inside the arena, smiling from under her U.S. Navy ball cap.

Myrtle Beach’s Red, White, and Blue Cafe

from AARP on Sept. 8, 2016

When you think of Myrtle Beach, you think of sand dunes, golf courses and well traffic. Tucked away in a small strip center of the highway 17 bypass proudly stands a “mini military museum.” But not in the sense of a formal glassed in-cased, don’t touch museum. You can actually eat there.

8th annual suicide prevention expo in Marion Square

from Moultrie News on Sept. 7, 2016

The 8th annual Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Marion Square Park. The expo coincides National Suicide Prevention week and month.

Homeless vet reunited with Charleston family after 32 years

from Washington Times on Sept. 4, 2016

When Anna Judge received a Facebook message last year from a Veterans Affairs social worker, she and her sister Marta Sallie thought it was a hoax. The message said their brother, German Leon, was in the VA’s care in Atlanta, and that they needed to speak with his family as soon as possible.

No link found between antibiotic use in farm animals and resistance in people

from dvm360.com on Sept. 1, 2016

LIST: Closures, delays in Chatham, surrounding area due to Tropical Storm Hermine

from Savannah Morning News on Sept. 1, 2016

“The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has closed its outpatient clinics in Beaufort, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Hinesville, Georgia, on Friday, Sept.2, due to the heavy rains and wind associated with Hurricane Hermine. These clinics will resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 6.”

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New research examining link between antibiotic use in farm animals and antibiotic resistance in humans leads to more questions

from The National Provisioner on Sept. 1, 2016

As controversy continues concerning the use of antibiotics in food animals and the relationship to drug-resistant infections in humans, a team of interdisciplinary scientists at MUSC and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service reviewed published literature...

Grant to help rural veterans get care

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 29, 2016

“A grant given to the South Carolina Office of Rural Health by the Health Resources and Services Administration will increase access to behavioral health care and treatment for veterans by providing telehealth care. ”

What they eat: Experts look into antibiotic use in food animals

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 28, 2016

“Seven years ago, Craig Deihl, the executive chef of Cypress Restaurant, sliced his left thumb on the tooth of a pig he was butchering and had to go to the hospital to treat the infection.”

Medical foster home offers aging veteran a family again

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 21, 2016

When Jeanette Drayton decided to sign up as a caregiver under the VA hospital’s medical foster home program, she knew she’d be welcoming a stranger into her North Charleston house. She didn’t expect that this patient, 71-year-old Ronnie Pruett, would become part of her family.

Homeless veteran reunited with Charleston family after 32 years

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 21, 2016

When Anna Judge received a Facebook message last year from a Veterans Affairs social worker, she and her sister Marta Sallie thought it was a hoax. The message said their brother, German Leon, was in the VA’s care in Atlanta, and that they needed to speak with his family as soon as possible.

Chaplains begin treating veterans for newly designated ‘moral injury’

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 20, 2016

The shock of [war], even 50 years later, has embedded a deep inner turmoil within Smith that officials at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston have been working to treat.

James Island family fosters, falls in love with Vietnam veteran

from Charleston Regional Business Journal on Aug. 18, 2016

Harry Vaughan's future changed when his social worker referred him to Natasha Simeon-Major, who runs the medical foster home program at the Charleston VA.

New research examining link between antibiotic use in farm animals and antibiotic resistance in humans leads to more questions

from MUSC on Aug. 10, 2016

A team of interdisciplinary scientists at the MUSC and the Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service reviewed published literature for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Campylobacter infections in humans, commonly known as campylobacteriosis.

Circuit establishes veterans court

from Coastal Courier on Aug. 8, 2016

The Atlantic Judicial Circuit has received funding to establish a Veterans Treatment Court.

32 years homeless Veteran reunited with family

from CBS Evening News on Aug. 4, 2016

It is a national tragedy. The government estimates more than 47,000 veterans are homeless, and more than 13,000 live on the streets. German Leon was one of those homeless veterans for decades. And then came fate -- and Facebook.

New nonprofit will serve veterans and families

from The Post & Courier on Aug. 2, 2016

Several public and private groups launched a new nonprofit at the VA hospital in Charleston on Tuesday to serve military veterans and their families. The initiative, called SCServes Lowcountry, will connect veterans to resources in the community that may address their housing, employment and health care needs.

Transformative Network of Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families Arrives in South Carolina Today

from Streetinsider.com on Aug. 2, 2016

Local and national veteran serving organizations, U.S. Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs announce the launch of a new coordinated network: SCServes - Lowcountry to support Charleston, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach area veterans, service members and their families.

Op-Ed: SCServes Public-Private Partnership with Ralph H. Johnson VAMC

from IVMF, Syracuse University on Aug. 2, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston VA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) are excited to announce that the Charleston VAMC is the first health care system to partner within the SCServes – Lowcountry public-private partnership aimed at digitally coordinating services, resources, and care for veterans and their families.

SCServes-Lowcountry network launches to help area veterans

from WALB News on Aug. 2, 2016

A new network launched Tuesday for Lowcountry veterans aims to make it easier to find services like employment and healthcare. SCServes-Lowcountry is an online database which lists a variety of organizations that specialize in different fields.

Horse therapy programs benefit children, adults

from The Post & Courier on Jul. 28, 2016

Rein and Shine is collaborating with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston to launch its Horses for Heroes program.

Letter: Good VA care

from Post & Courier on Jul. 22, 2016

"They fixed my problem, and now I am back in good health. The VA does an excellent job helping veterans."

Army veteran uses bowling to battle PTSD

from ABC News 4 on Jul. 20, 2016

Hitting the pins is Army veteran Donald Pinnacle's way of coping.Pinnacle sought help from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Center for PTSD and other injuries. He had no idea at the time that he would eventually use bowling to battle his PTSD. It also came as a pleasant surprise when he won the gold medal in the National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Larger VA clinic could open in Myrtle Beach in 3 years

from Myrtle Beach Online on Jul. 14, 2016

Plans are moving ahead and a new, larger Veterans Affairs clinic to serve the Myrtle Beach area could be open in about three years.

Expanded VA clinic coming to Myrtle Beach

from Myrtle Beach Online on Jul. 13, 2016

A new Veterans Affairs clinic could be coming to Myrtle Beach within 3 years.Though the timeline for an opening is unclear, the new clinic will include 89,000 square feet of usable space, regional VA spokesperson Tonya Lobbestael said.

Local VA touts improvements in veteran health care

from ABC News 4 on Jul. 13, 2016

Scathing reviews and embarrassing problems force VA medical centers across the country to revamp their policies and procedures. Here in Charleston, administrators tout improvements to how veteran patients are treated.

Charleston VA lacks 1,000 parking spaces, CEO says

from Charleston Regional Business Journal on Jul. 13, 2016

The No. 1 complaint from patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston is the lack of parking, according to Charleston VA Director and CEO Scott R. Isaacks.

Charleston VA director discusses wait times, parking

from The Post & Courier on Jul. 12, 2016

Veterans in Charleston are seen more quickly than patients at most VA hospitals, even though some are kept waiting more than a month for specialty appointments, the hospital’s director said Tuesday.

Letter: Fine VA care

from The Post & Courier on Jul. 12, 2016

"I spent seven hours there that day, and the staff was outstanding. Subsequent care has been timely, and I applaud all those involved, including the emergency room staff."

Letter: Praise for VA

from The Post & Courier on Jul. 2, 2016

"VA employees are some of the most dedicated hard-working, compassionate, caring and unappreciated folks it has been my honor to know."

Veterans ask for courtesy over Fourth of July weekend

from WTGS Fox 28 Savannah on Jul. 1, 2016

Veterans ask for courtesy during the Fourth of July weekend. Unannounced fireworks can trigger PTSD and war experiences.

Fisher House to be built in Charleston

from Moultrie News on Jun. 13, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center announced today VA Secretary Robert McDonald accepted a proffer from Fisher House Foundation to build a 16-suite Fisher House in Charleston.

Training helps Liberty County officers better deal with people in crisis

from Coastal Courier on Jun. 7, 2016

Local law-enforcement officers received mental health awareness training this week.The training focused on how officers can manage interactions with people who have mental disabilities as well as helping them recognize signs that someone has PTSD or is suicidal.

VA to host Memorial Day Ceremony

from Moultrie News on May 24, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will host a Memorial Day ceremony Friday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the flag garden in front of the hospital located at 109 Bee Street to honor of the sacrifices of all Veterans and their families. Everyone is invited to attend.

Creative Integrated Care Models Are Adapted to Special Populations

from Psychiatric News on May 19, 2016

Integrated care models at VA facilities around the country and at an outpatient clinic at Duke University build on the collaborative care model.

Bis in brief: VA clinic to hold open house in Hinesville

from Business in Savannah on May 17, 2016

The Hinesville VA Outpatient Clinic – an outlying clinic of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. – is hosting a Welcome Home event on Friday, May 20.. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 500 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville. This event is free and open to all veterans.

DOD/VA Medical Professionals Hone Skills during "Skills Wars"

from Navy News Service on May 11, 2016

Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical professionals serving in the Lowcountry competed in a Star Wars-themed, skills war May 4 at Naval Health Clinic Charleston (NHCC) in an effort to hone their medical skills while building esprit de corps among the services.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center welcomes Veterans home with weekend events

from WCBD News on May 6, 2016

Veterans are being honored this weekend with special concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The concert is one of many events included in the Welcome Home event hosted by the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center welcome’s Veterans home with a free concert

from Moultrie News on May 4, 2016

On May 7, The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is hosting a Welcome Home event for all Veterans at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC beginning at 3 p.m. The day includes a full afternoon of events dedicated to connecting Veterans with the resources they need as they return home, and to honor them and their families with a special concert by The Miracles and a Vietnam 50th Commemorative Ceremony.

Charleston VA and MUSC partner to provide eye surgeries to Veteran patients

from Moultrie News on April 18, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC) has partnered with the Medical University of South Carolina to perform outpatient eye surgeries for Veteran patients at MUSC’s Ambulatory Procedure Center in Mount Pleasant. The partnership began as part of Charleston VA’s ongoing strategy to provide comprehensive, timely care of the highest quality to Lowcountry Veterans.

Destroyer named for Charleston Medal of Honor recipient Ralph Johnson christened Saturday

from Post and Courier on April 1, 2016

The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer — named for Charleston Medal of Honor recipient Ralph H. Johnson — will be christened Saturday near Pascagoula, Miss.

VA Outpatient Clinics Honor Vietnam Era Veterans During 50th Anniversary Commemoration

from Savannah Tribune on Mar. 30, 2016

The Savannah and Hinesville VA Outpatient Clinics will honor local Vietnam Veterans on March 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. by distributing 50th Anniversary Commemorative pins to Vietnam Era Veterans as VA thanks them for their service and extends a proper welcome home. All Vietnam Era Veterans are welcome to come and receive their pin.

Mobile VA Center making its way through SC Lowcountry

from Associated Press on Mar. 25, 2016

A mobile Veteran Affairs center is making its way through the Lowcountry over the next week.

Vietnam War veterans being honored in Charleston

from Associated Press on Mar. 22, 2016

Vietnam War veterans are being honored in Charleston as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war.

New VA parking garage on track to open this summer

from Post and Courier on Mar. 22, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s parking garage will finally open by late summer, adding 300 spaces to the hospital campus, the VA said last week.

Lodging for VA patients’ families in the works

from Post and Courier on Mar. 19, 2016

Trux and Durbin Emerson’s desire to help veterans ultimately led to a $10 million campaign for a new lodging facility for families near the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Ralph Johnson VA Center honors Vietnam veterans

from Post and Courier on Mar. 20, 2016

In May 2012, on Memorial Day, President Barack Obama called for the federal government to partner with organizations and communities across America to participate in the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. To mirror the length of this harsh conflict, a long commemoration period is planned to continue through Veterans Day 2025.

Charleston VA honors Vietnam Era Veterans during the 50th Commemoration

from Moultrie News on Mar. 17, 2016

On March 22 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center executive team will stand side by side with Department of Defense leadership in the front lobby of the medical center to distribute Vietnam Commemorative pins to Vietnam Era Veterans...

Tomorrow is a brighter day for South Carolina veterans

from DVIDS on Mar. 17, 2016

As a young girl, Durbin Emerson’s mother took her to see the movie, “Gone with the Wind.” During the Atlanta rail yard scene with row upon row of maimed and wounded soldiers moaning and crying out, Durbin wept.

Letter: Grateful for Charleston VA hospital

from Post and Courier on Mar. 17, 2016

I recently went to the VA hospital for a routine visit, which was one of many over the years. I cannot say enough good things about the whole visit.

State-sponsored health summit in Savannah focuses on veterans

from Savannah Morning News on Mar. 14, 2016

Rhonda Jordal has seen firsthand how tough life can be for members of the military making the transition from war to life back home.

Charleston VA Medical Center Delivers Mental Health Training To Georgia Professionals

from Savannah Tribune on Mar. 9, 2016

Charleston VA Medical Center Psychologist and Police Chief present Mental Illness, Violence Risk and Suicide By Cop: Overview of Issues and Strategies at The 2016 Unspoken Wounds Conference hosted by The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Adult Mental Health.

Veterans get health care answers at Armstrong State University forum

from Savannah Morning News on Mar. 7, 2016

If the line of individuals waiting for the microphone Monday afternoon at Armstrong State University was any indication, a number of local veterans aren’t too thrilled with their health care situations.

Charleston company wins $8.6M contract for ICU expansion, repair project at VA

from Charleston Business Journal on Feb. 29, 2016

Charleston-based Construction Services Group Inc. won a federal contract worth nearly $8.6 million to expand and repair the intensive care unit at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Charleston VA Medical Center Improves Access for Veterans

from Moultrie News on Feb. 29, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, along with VA medical centers across the country, participated in the second nationwide VA Access Stand Down, providing care for Veterans in some of the most in demand medical specialties.

Ralph H. Johnson VA highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2016

from The Charleston Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2016

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has once again been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

Local veterans get a helping hand with home repairs

from Live 5 News on Feb. 19, 2016

Trinity Lutheran Church mission group traveled hundreds of miles from Northport, NY to repair homes for local Charleston veterans in need.

Veteran, a triple amputee, sharing inspiring story in SC

from AP, Washington Times on Jan. 26, 2016

An Army veteran who lost three limbs during his tour of duty Iraq and now participates in everything from surfing to snowboarding is sharing his story with veterans in Charleston.