Local News Coverage - 2019 - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Local News Coverage - 2019

Veterans may qualify for health care outside the VA under new program guidelines

from Post & Courier on June 17, 2019

The federal government is revising the criteria for veterans to qualify for treatment at non-VA health care facilities, but hospital leaders in Charleston say the new program may not have much of an impact here.

Coaxing Veterans Into Treatment to Prevent Suicides

from PEW Stateline on June 11, 2019

At the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center here in Charleston, where more than 360 mental health practitioners see dozens of veterans every month who are haunted by suicidal thoughts, it’s clear that many factors beyond the battlefield put veterans at risk of ending their lives.

Hope for the Suffering - PTSD

from At Ease Magazine on June 1, 2019

Bethany Wangelin, Ph.D, Director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center spoke positively about treatment and recovery for Veterans with PTSD.

New VA outpatient medical center in Myrtle Beach breaks ground

from WBTVW News 13 on May 31, 2019

Ground on an 84,000 square foot VA Outpatient Medical Center will be broken this morning in the Market Common at 10 A.M.

Grand Strand VA clinic hopes to start accepting patients in 2021

from WMBF News on May 31, 2019

Work on the new Myrtle Beach Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic officially started Friday morning. Construction for the new clinic will take place at the corner of Airpark Drive and Howard Avenue.

Man makes big donation to help replace vandalized veterans transport van

from WBTV on May 29, 2019

A Lowcountry man made a five-digit donation to help a group replace a vandalized van used to transport veterans for medical treatment.

Charleston VA hosts Memorial Day remembrance event

from Live 5 News on May 24, 2019

Dozens of veterans and hospital staff members gathered Friday at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Medical Center for a Memorial Day event.

Prolonged exposure therapy to treat PTSD

from VA.gov on May 9, 2019

Based on research findings, VA has trained around 7,000 mental health staff throughout the VA system in prolonged exposure therapy to treat PTSD, as well as cognitive processing therapy.

A little support from our peers at the VA

from HealthLinks Magazine Courier on May 9, 2019

Page 81 - Tyrone Jarmon, Peer Support Specialist in Charleston VAMC Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program, shares his story of struggle, how and why he is where he is today, and how other Veterans can get help.

Why lung cancer is the deadliest cancer type and most don’t know it

from The Post & Courier on May 9, 2019

More people die from lung cancer each year than breast cancer and colon cancer combined. Many of those diagnosed end up sicker because the stigma associated with it kept them from seeking help.

New VA Clinic in North Charleston marks chaing times for SC Veterans

from The Post & Courier on May 4, 2019

Wilkie called the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston the second- or third-best agency hospital in the country. Veterans Affairs has 170 hospitals across the U.S.

Groundbreaking for a new V.A. Clinic happening today!

from News 2 NBC on May 3, 2019

The state-of-the-art Affairs clinic is coming to the corner of Rivers avenue and Hanahan road in North Charleston.

Construction begins on new VA hospital clinic

from Live 5 News on May 3, 2019

On Friday, the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center is breaking ground on a new clinic that will give doctors and patients the space they desperately need.

VA moving its primary care off the Charleston peninsula, away from flood zones

from The Post & Courier on April 29, 2019

The agency will break ground on the clinic Friday, with VA Secretary Robert Wilkie scheduled to be on hand to deliver the keynote address.

Families of veterans being treated at VA Hospital find a home at Fisher House Charleston

from ABC 4 on April 22, 2019

Fisher House Charleston hosted its 1,000th family this week, officials said.

Hospital services ‘may be compromised’ if Charleston doesn’t address flooding

from The Post & Courier on April 1, 2019

Flooding in Charleston’s medical district is so severe, hospitals there might need a physical barrier to keep the water out.

Social transitions for senior veterans

from Moultrie News on March 28, 2019

"Research has shown that staying engaged and active definitely has many, many benefits," said Tonya Lobbestael, public affairs officer at Ralph Johnson VA.

Women veterans health and resource fair in North Charleston

from WCBD Count on 2 on March 27, 2019

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC, is hosting a Women Veterans Health and Resource Fair in North Charleston on Friday, March 29, from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Charleston Vet Center located at 3625 West Montague Ave.

Charleston VA looking for volunteer drivers with more veterans in need of rides

from Live 5 News on March 26, 2019

The Charleston VA program which gives veterans free rides to and from their appointments at the downtown medical center is in need of more volunteer drivers.

Charleston VA to help national office transition to high reliability status

from The Post & Courier on March 19, 2019

While the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has already been working to be a high reliability organization for several years, it was recently selected as one of 18 VA medical centers to help transition the entire Veterans Health Administration to the higher status.

Clinical trail at local Charleston VA hospital hopes to combat silent liver disease

from The Post & Courier on March 19, 2019

While many believe heavy alcohol consumption to be the sole cause of cirrhosis of the liver, at least 40 percent of the general population is suffering from what is known medically as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Charleston VA looking for more veteran caregivers as number of aging patients grows

from Live 5 News on March 14, 2019

The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for more caregivers for veterans. It’s part of the Medical Foster Home program which helps aging vets who might not be able to afford other care.

‘A super project’: The new Myrtle Beach VA facility one step closer to being built

from Myrtle Beach Online on March 6, 2019

The new Veterans Affairs out-patient center in Myrtle Beach is one step closer to being built.

SC looking for ways to cope with needs, influx of new wave of veteran.

from The Post & Courier on March 3, 2019

Today’s veterans struggle with more than previous eras — everything from finding a job to multiple physical and psychological traumas.

SC veteran suffered severe hand wound in Iraq combat. He fought back.

from The Post & Courier on March 3, 2019

He stayed on the roof firing his machine gun for one mortar round too long. That’s how Dustin Bowen thinks of it.

Lowcountry veteran overcomes 10-year drug addiction through VA hospital program

from ABC News 4 on Feb. 19, 2019

A Lowcountry Air Force veteran credits getting clean from opioid addiction on a program at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Charleston VAMC physician awarded the Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence

from Moultrie News on Feb. 11, 2019

On Jan. 30, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health, Dr. Hugh Myrick, was awarded this year’s Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

84,000-square foot VA clinic coming to Myrtle Beach

from WMBF NBC News on Feb. 7, 2019

The Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board heard plans for a new Veterans Affairs clinic Thursday.

Rep. Cunningham tours renovated VA hospital in Charleston

from ABC 4 on Feb. 1, 2019

Newly elected representative Joe Cunningham visited the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Friday.

Letter: Veterans should use the VA

from Post & Courier on Jan. 31, 2019

A little known fact I would like to impart to our local veterans is that many of them can qualify to use the Ralph Johnson VA Center in downtown Charleston.

Charleston’s V.A. Medical Center Teams Up With CCPD To Benefit Veterans (VIDEO)

from Fox 24 Charleston on Jan. 30, 2019

Dr. Mcdonagh, Charleston VAMC psychologist, and Lt. Maddox talk about a special training program to equip law enforcement with the skills needed to better respond to emergencies involving Veterans.

Charleston New Charleston County Veterans Court to serve those who served US

from Post & Courier on Jan. 30, 2019

Charleston County has a specialized new court aimed to help struggling veterans who have committed nonviolent crimes.

National Veterans Golden Age Games (VIDEO)

from ABC News 4 on Jan. 28, 2019

The Golden Age Games encompasses twenty different sports and games for veterans and they are looking for local vets to join their teams!

Increase in Lowcountry Veterans leads to VA emergency department expansion

from Live 5 News CBS on Jan. 14, 2019

A new, improved, and expanded emergency department will soon be opening at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

In celebration of it’s namesake’s birthday, local va showcases new facility improvements

from The Post & Courier on Jan. 11, 2019

Today would’ve been Johnson’s 70th birthday and in recognition of that the hospital celebrated the late Vietnam veteran while also showcasing the new improvements to the hospital made in his honor.