Local News Coverage - 2018 - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Local News Coverage - 2018

VA selects 10 Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry for special funding

from Leesville Daily Leader on Dec. 12, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s PSCI in Charleston, South Carolina, works to improve outcomes for Veterans moving back and forth from VA and non-VA care, specifically focusing on medication safety.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Talks Fly Season for Veterans (VIDEO)

from FOX 24 on Dec. 12, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is ensuring Lowcountry veterans are taken care of with their influenza program.

Murrells Inlet vets helping vets at VA hospital in Charleston

from WPDE ABC 15 on Dec. 10, 2018

Veterans in Murrells Inlet want to make sure fellow vets at the VA hospital in Charleston have a Merry Christmas. The post has collected more than $14,000-worth of clothing and hygiene items to give out.

Charleston VA’s ‘Turnaround Tuesdays’ match vets with hotel, restaurant jobs

from The Post and Courier on Nov. 24, 2018

Every Tuesday morning, professional hospitality recruiter Louis Yuhasz takes his regular place on the third floor of Charleston’s Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

VA hospital to expand with North Charleston outpatient clinic

from The Post and Courier on Nov. 16, 2018

Currently crowded into its space on the peninsula, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center plans to open new clinics in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach soon.

Caring for Veterans: Local VA Hospital Talks Support after Service

from Fox 24 News on Nov. 15, 2018

While we may observe Veterans Day once a year, every day should be a day we acknowledge the sacrifices our military men, women and families make.

Charleston VA hospital promotes early lung cancer screening for long-time smokers

from The Post & Courier on Nov. 12, 2018

The Lung Cancer Screening program, which emerged during a time when 75 percent of lung cancer patients were seeking treatment at later and more deadly stages, came as a needed push for earlier diagnoses.

Homelessness Among Veterans Down 6 Percent in Charleston Since 2017 and 21 Percent Since 2011

from The Charleston Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2018

Fewer than 119 veterans were homeless on a given night in January 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Homelessness among veterans has decreased in Charleston, but work remains

from The Post and Courier on Nov. 9, 2018

When it comes to veteran homelessness, Charleston’s conversation is rather unique. For a long time it’s been reported that the city has seen a decline in veteran homelessness, unlike nationally, which has seen an increase.

Veteran Profile: U.S. Marine Dustin Bowen shares story of pain, sacrifice and honor

from ABC News 4 on Nov. 9, 2018

Bowen was serving in the Middle East in 2006 when his unit was hit with mortar fire. The explosion crushed his left hand.Doctors performed 14 surgeries to try and save Bowen's hand, but they ultimately had to amputate it.

Charleston Veterans Day parade on Sunday to include C-17 flyover

from The Post & Courier on Oct. 29, 2018

The annual Veterans Day Parade in Charleston will take place on Sunday.

Charleston VA hosting Flu Blitz, free flu vaccines for Veterans

from The Charleston Chronicle on Oct. 25, 2018

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will host a series of flu shot events in the hospital’s main entrance lobby throughout October and November. The goal is to provide Veterans with a free flu shot without the need to make an appointment to see their provider.

Veteran homelessness is on the rise across the US. In SC, it’s falling.

from The Post and Courier on Oct. 19, 2018

Records indicate that although the number of homeless veterans slightly increased across the country, it dropped in South Carolina. In 2017, there were more than 40,000 homeless veterans across the nation — an uptick from 39,400 in 2016, according to estimates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Local volunteers help homeless veterans

from Count on 2 News on Oct. 19, 2018

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection, will hold its 19th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness on Friday, Oct. 19 at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center, 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Two major leases awarded to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

from WMBF News on Oct. 17, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has been awarded two major leases, allowing them to expand access to care for Veterans in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas.

A new Veterans Affairs office is one step closer to coming to Myrtle Beach

from MyrtleBeachOnline.com on Oct. 17, 2018

A Veterans Affairs office is heading to Myrtle Beach, located at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Airpark Drive.

Stand Down Against Homelessness

from ABC News 4 on Oct. 16, 2018

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in partnership with Palmetto Goodwill and Palmetto Warrior Connection, will hold its 19th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness on Friday, Oct. 19 at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center, 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Garden at Charleston VA to help veterans going through treatment

from Live 5 News on Oct. 4, 2018

As part of a partnership between the Lowcountry Food Bank and Clemson University, veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA medical center in downtown Charleston will have a place to go where they can take their mind off treatment and make their minds sharper.

Charleston VA Medical Center to open clinics in N. Charleston and Myrtle Beach

from Live 5 News on Oct. 2, 2018

The Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston is expanding its services for veterans with new clinical care locations.

Charleston VA seeks volunteer drivers to transport Veterans to medical appointments

from Moultrie News on Sept. 26, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is in need of volunteer drivers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, and Savannah and Hinesville, Georgia, to help transport Veteran patients to and from their medical appointments.

Breathing Easier: Charleston VA Screening and Treatment for Lung

from HealthLinks Magazine on Sept. 10, 2018

With little media coverage on lung cancer, it's east to assume that it doesn't top the charts in terms of health concerns. Dr. Nichole Tanner, a pulmonologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, set the record straight: Lung cancer ranks first, killing more that hte next three most common cancer combined.

A Dog's Purpose: They Make Life Better for the Humans They Serve

from HealthLinks Magazine on Sept. 10, 2018

Some dogs undergo extensive training so they will be able to complete tasks that people can't handle themselves, while other help out by simply being dogs.

Veterans Employment Fair

from ABC News 4 on Aug. 15, 2018

Veterans Employement Fair for Veterans interested in working at Charleston VAMC.

Developing rTMS Treatment Strategies for Pain in Opiate Dependence

from ClinicalTrials.gov on Aug. 12, 2018

The purpose of this study is to parametically evaluate two different types of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment strategies as a potential treatment for pain in individuals currently taking prescription opiates.

Charleston VA hosts Welcome Home event at RiverDogs Military Appreciation Game

from Moultrie News on Aug.9, 2018

Veterans and current military members can learn more about health care and services offered at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center during the facility’s Welcome Home event held in conjunction with the Charleston RiverDogs Military Appreciation Game on Saturday, Aug. 11.

‘Turnaround Tuesday’ Program Helps Local Veterans Find Work.

from Fox 24 News on July 24, 2018

The military is its own world, but civilian life is an entirely different experience. Finding work for those who have put their lives on the line is not as easy as it may seem. But, there is a program that is driving our veterans into the hospitality industry.

New Partnership Connects Students to Veteran Patients

from Fox 24 News on July 19, 2018

A brand new partnership between a Lowcountry college and downtown hospital comes with a unique military connection.

VEText Appointment Reminders Launching at Charleston VAMC

from Holy City Sinner on July 17, 2018

Starting on July 27th, Veteran patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its six community clinics will be receiving text message appointment reminders, allowing them to confirm or cancel their appointment via their mobile device.

Nursing students working with VA patients under new partnership

from Citadel.edu on July 11, 2018

Cherie Doney and Emily Banks, Citadel nursing students, work at the Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center helping care for patients.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical to participate in clinical trials for cancer

from Live 5 News on July 11, 2018

Better treatment options are on the way to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical center for veterans with certain types of cancer. The medical center has been chosen to participate in clinical trials for breast, colon, pancreatic, and other cancers.

Veterans ask people to be considerate with fireworks this holiday

from WJCL ABC 22 on July 3, 2018

Dr. Bower says that’s why it’s important to let our patriots know in advance if we plan on using fireworks, so that everyone can appreciate freedom on Independence Day- especially those who fought to make it happen.

Tourism awards

from Post and Courier on July 1, 2018

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VA hospital hires new leader

from The Post and Courier on June 28, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center recently announced it hired Todd Williams as the hospital’s new assistant director.

VA Medical Center to host Memorial Day ceremony Friday

from Live 5 News on May 25, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center wants to honor those who they already serve. The hospital is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony on Friday which officials say will honor the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

When time or distance matter, hosptials turn to telemedicine

from HealthLinks Magazine on May 11, 2018

Other than for stroke, telemedicine is an important tool for the doctors at Charleston's Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Snowbound Steward: Ralph H. Johnson VAMC CEO Scott Isaacks Gets Injured Vets onto the Slopes

from South Carolina Hosptial Association on May 9, 2018

As the Medical Director and CEO of a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Scott Isaacks is acutely aware of the tremendous sacrifices soldiers make while serving their country. From traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to orthopedic amputations and visual impairments, Isaacks has seen everything come through the doors of Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in Charleston, and he feels a special responsibility to care for these veterans.

2017 Healthcare Executive Award Winner: Sharon Castle

from YouTube on May 1, 2018

South Carolina Hospital Associatin honors Charleston VAMC Chief of Pharmacy as the 2017 Healthcare Executive Award winner.

Lowcountry veteran photographs female athletes in the armed services for exhibit

from ABC News 4 on May 3, 2018

The Women Veteran Athletes Initiative was on display Thursday night at the Ralph Johnson VA Hospital. The traveling exhibit is a part of a national effort to encourage women veterans to be active.

Veteran Transportation Services in High Demand

from HealthLinks Magazine on May 2, 2018

For the staff at the VA Medical Center’s Veterans Transportation Service, providing rides for veterans ranging from those who are without a vehicle to those who are visually impaired, elderly or suffering from disease or disabilities is all in a day’s work.

Local Photographer Features Female Veteran Athletes in National Exhibit

from Holy City Sinner on April 30, 2018

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Women’s Program, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Women Veterans, will host a local exhibition of the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative photo project on Thursday, May 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Charleston VAMC Main Auditorium located at 109 Bee Street. This project is part of a national effort to encourage women Veterans to be physically active and choose VA for their health and wellness needs.

Letter: Focus on nurses

from The Post & Courier on April 28, 2018

Nurses at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center inspire our veterans every day to live healthy, fulfilling lives. They focus on prevention and wellness through education, compassionate care and encouragement for veterans to become active participants in their health care plan to improve their long-term quality of life.

Lowcountry woman gives stranger the gift of life

from ABC News 4 on April 26, 2018

A Lowcountry woman gave a stranger the gift of life. That stranger is a veteran who says his savior is a real life angel on earth.

 

VAMC Director Scott Isaacks Sees Incredible Things at the NDVWSC

from YouTube on April 6, 2018

After two days at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Scott Isaacks had a message for his colleagues - You need to be here. You get to see the incredible things our organization does for the Veterans we serve and the incredible things our Veterans can do.

Letter: Thankful for VA hospital

from The Post & Courier on March 28, 2018

Since the week before Christmas I have been receiving treatment for stage-4 cancer at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. My family, friends, pastor and even strangers have been so kind and supportive. For that, I am ever grateful.

Calling female veterans: Free health and resource fair Friday in North Charleston

from The Post & Courier on March 28, 2018

Female veterans can receive free services from 1-4 p.m., Friday at the annual Women Veterans Health and Resource Fair.

North Charleston group says physical therapy an answer for pain management

from The Post & Courier on March. 25, 2018

Dr. Robert Friedman, head of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center pain clinic, said physical therapy should be regarded as one option among a number of alternatives providers should be considering for the management of pain.

 

South ‘Heroic and selfless:’ Navy to commission ship in name of Charleston war hero Ralph Johnson

from The Post & Courier on March 22, 2018

Built at a cost of $700 million in Pascagoula, Miss., the Ralph H. Johnson is the Navy’s 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The 509-foot warship is capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare.

An Inspirational Bridge Run Story VA Physical Therapist Inspires Amputees to "Get Over It"

from HealthLinks Magazine on March 6, 2018

For Janine Tumminia, a physical therapist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, finishing the Cooper River Bridge Run was never as fulfilling as it was when she finished it with her client, Darrell Bivens, in 2017.

Trident VA Outpatient Clinic hosts Veteran Health Fair

from Holy City Sinner on Feb. 24, 2018

On Wednesday, February 28th, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Trident VA Outpatient Clinic will host their inaugural Veteran Health Fair from 9 am to 1 pm at the clinic located at 9237 University Blvd., North Charleston.

First family to stay at VA's Fisher House calls it a 'blessing'

from ABC News 4 on Jan. 25, 2018

A place to call home when your loved ones are sick can make a world of difference. That's where the Fisher House at the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center is making a difference, and the first family to stay there says it was more than just a place to stay; it was a blessing.

Amputee War Veteran Shares Message Of Optimism At Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

from ABC News 4 on Jan. 23, 2018

On Tuesday, a triple amputee Iraq War Veteran shared his personal stories with audiences members young and old at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Opioid prescriptions at Ralph H. Johnson VA decrease nearly 50 percent over 5 years

from Live 5 News on Jan. 16, 2018

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has seen a nearly 50 percent decrease in the number of opioid prescriptions, according to new data released Monday.

Fisher House opens in Charleston to support veterans, families

from Charleston Regional Business Journal on Jan. 16, 2018

In December 2017, the ribbon was cut on the Charleston Fisher House. This home was a dream of Trux an Durbin Emerson and took nearly five years and millions of dollars to become a reality.

Ralph H. Johnson VA annouces new assiciate director, chief operatinng officer

from Moultrie News on Jan. 12, 2018

On Jan. 7, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center announced the appointment of its new associate director, chief operating officer, Felissa Koernig.