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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

 

Local News Coverage - 2017

Ship named for Medal of Honor recipient Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in March in Charleston

from The Post and Courier on Sept. 20, 2017

A new Navy destroyer will embody the selfless spirit of its namesake, Charlestonian Ralph Johnson, who leaped on a grenade, absorbing its deadly blast and saving the life of a fellow Marine in Vietnam, the ship's commander Jason Patterson said.

Annual Stand Down event offers help for Savannah’s homeless

from Savannah Now on Sept. 20, 2017

Hundreds of Savannah’s homeless community, many of them veterans, gathered at the Civic Center on Tuesday for the 14th annual Stand Down for Homelessness.

Resource & job fair this week to aid homeless veterans in need

from Savannah Morning News on Sept. 19, 2017

The 14th annual Veterans Stand Down for Homelessness Resource and Health Fair will be held September 19 at the Savannah Civic Center. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. participants will be offered a hot meal, haircuts, clothing, showers and will have the opportunities for a variety of health screenings.

9th Annual Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo

from The Charleston Chronicle on Sept. 18, 2017

The 9th annual Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Expo will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Marion Square Park. The expo coincides National Suicide Prevention week and month.

VA hospital officer saves family, including baby from floodwaters

from Live 5 News on Sept. 13, 2017

A police officer at Charleston's VA hospital is being hailed as one of Tropical storm Irma's heroes. Lt. Dareyl Stark risked his own life to save three people including a baby who were trapped in their car in Irma's floodwaters.

V.A. hospital patrol officer rescues family floating in Charleston flood waters

from WCBD - Count On 2 on Sept. 13, 2017

Charleston Police say they made a dozen water rescues Monday as Tropical Storm Irma made its way through the area. Lt. Daryl Stark on the Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center police force says he also helped a family in distress.

Charleston VA hospital police officer credited with saving family during Irma flooding

from ABC News 4 on Sept. 12, 2017

Lieutenant Dareyl Stark believes he works for more than just a police agency at the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center.

VA Center rescheduling appointments for Saturday, Monday, Tuesday

from The Press and Standard on Sept. 8, 2017

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and all its outpatient clinics are operating under normal conditions Friday Sept. 8.; has cancelled all outpatient clinics and elective outpatient procedures scheduled at the VA medical center and its outpatient clinics for Saturday Sept. 9, Monday Sept. 11, and Tuesday Sept. 12, due to Hurricane Irma.

Area VA clinics closing, ER in Charleston remains open

from Savannah Morning News on Sept. 8, 2017

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center outpatient clinics located in Hinesville and Savannah will close at the end of day Friday, reopening on Wednesday, Sept. 13, weather permitting.

Charleston hospitals brace for Hurricane Irma

from The Post and Courier on Sept. 7, 2017

As residents across the Lowcountry board up their homes and businesses before Hurricane Irma arrives, hospitals are prepping their emergency plans to ensure patients and providers are safe during the powerful storm.

Lowcountry Veterans Community Fair

from ABC 4 - Lowcountry Live on Aug. 31, 2017

Veterans can get help transitioning to civilian life at the Lowcountry Veterans Connection Fair. Lanelle Strawder and Tim Taylor are here with more.

"My Soldier Was My Hero"

from Wreaths Across America on Aug. 29, 2017

Special guests like Helen Johnson Richards and her daughter Elaine Jones joined Wreaths Across America for the opening of the 'Welcome Home' exhibit at the museum and the dedication of the Medal of Honor Remembrance Park on the tip land as part of the Stem to Stone tree-tagging program.

The VA is teaching local police officers to properly identify mental health issues in veterans

from CBS Radio on Aug. 15, 2017

Adults with mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence and more likely to commit a crime, according to a study by the National Institute for Mental Health.

Chronic pain-relieving medical device completes Veterans Administration (VA) clinic protocols

from Fox 34 on Aug. 4, 2017

ZetrOZ Systems LLC – makers of the sam® Sport medical technology – announces the completion of Veterans Administration treatment protocols in order to relieve acute or chronic pain, without the need for prescription opioid-based pain medication.

VFW Post 3137 designated as an All-American Post

from Moultrie News on Aug. 2, 2017

The VFW Post 3137, is nestled in a sacred spot along the sandy dunes of Isle of Palms. It is a sanctuary where fellow comrades congregate at a canteen known as "The Post on the Coast."

Lowcountry Food Bank Announces Veterans Program

from The Post & Courier on July 21, 2017

Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, recently announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that will help men and women who have served this country.

Crowell Named New Director of Sheridan VA

from The Post & Courier on July 18, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Pamela S. Ochsner Crowell has been appointed as the new director of the Sheridan VA Medical Center.

Volunteers drop off 'Christmas in July' gifts for veterans

from Live 5 News on July 17, 2017

It was an early Christmas Sunday at the Charleston Veterans Administration hospital thanks to a group of volunteers. Members of the American Legion Post 166, made up of veterans committed to community service, dropped off dozens of presents to patients at the hospital.

Medical District’s ambitious plans for public green space

from The Post & Courier on July 15, 2017

In the past 10 years, the Charleston Parks Conservancy has earned a reputation as one our city’s foremost advocates for high quality parks and public space.

Myrtle Beach veterans struggling with PTSD find relief swimming with big fish

from The Post & Courier on July 2, 2017

Lou Krieger looks down through the lens of a scuba mask and watches the sea life. In the silence of the fish tank, he watches the stingrays' fluttering wings. They come up to swim against him near the surface, their fins sliding over his hands. Like velvet, he thinks.

Feeding America® Announces New Partnership With U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs

from WMCF News on June 29, 2017

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Feeding America®, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, is announcing a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will help men and women who have served this country.

PTSD Awareness Day: Vet helping other vets through massage therapy

from Live 5 News on June 27, 2017

Roughly eight in every 100 Americans will experience post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime, according to the National Center for PTSD.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Art Car Adds Color to Your Garage for $99k

from Live 5 News on June 27, 2017

Artist Stephen Elliott Webb painted this Giulia during an event called "One Artist - One Car - One Night." The party helped benefit The Fisher House Charleston – a charity that provides temporary accommodations to veterans and their families while the veteran is receiving medical attention at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Letter: Medicare for all

from The Post & Courier on June 9, 2017

To start with, Medicare has nothing to do with the federal budget. It is a separate fund we all pay into through payroll deductions separate from taxes. These funds can only be used for Medicare.

New bill aims to get veterans better health care access using survey

from The WBTW News 13 on June 8, 2017

Congressman Tom Rice introduced a bill to survey veterans on their health care experiences through the Department of Veterans Affairs and through non-VA providers.

Green Roof Brightens the View for Patients at VA Hospital

from Roofing Magazine on June 8, 2017

Michael Whitfield was fascinated by the concept of green roofs, but he didn’t encounter many of them near his home in Charleston, S.C.

VA clinic could be first building at ITAP property near airport

from EMBF News on June 5, 2017

According to plans submitted to the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board (CAB) for review, a Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic could be the first building to occupy the International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP) property near the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Charleston-area memos and distinctions

from The Post & Courier on May 29, 2017

Retired Air Force Col. Judith A. Hughes and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Henry L. Taylor have been named to the Charleston Research Institute board of directors for two-year terms.

Charleston hospitals tout secure systems, but are warned to be wary of ransomware

from The Post & Courier on May 21, 2017

In the wake of a cyberattack that struck organizations across the globe, Charleston hospital officials are confident of their readiness for a ransomware strike. Yet systems can't be too careful, an expert in cybersecurity said.

Practice Greenhealth Announces Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

from MCD Mag on May 15, 2017

Practice Greenhealth has announced the winners of its annual Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards.

Benefit for veterans hospital Saturday

from The Times and Democrat on May 13, 2017

A benefit will be held Saturday, May 13, to benefit the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Charleston.

Fisher House Charleston: Past, present and future

from Charleston Mercury on May 12, 2017

Charleston has always played a major role in the defense of our nation. Even after the 1990’s closing of our Navy base during the BRAC process, Joint Base Charleston continues to plays a major role in thousands of lives across the Lowcountry.

Health in Brief for May 8: New members appointed to Institute board

from The Post & Courier on May 8, 2017

Retired Air Force Col. Judith A. Hughes and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Henry L. Taylor were recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Charleston Research Institute.

Federal agencies to demonstrate services in Charleston's Liberty Square

from The Post & Courier on May 2, 2017

More than two dozen federal agencies will gather in Charleston's Liberty Square on Friday to show the public how they make life better for Lowcountry residents.

Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits

from Fox News on April 24, 2017

Army Sgt. George Wilmot’s Humvee flipped down the side of a mountain when he tried to escape a burst of small-arms fire, while serving in Iraq in 2009.

Corps employs at-risk youth, vets

from The Post & Courier on Apr. 22, 2017

or years, the Sustainability Institute’s Energy Conservation Corps has trained locally based, at-risk youth and veterans, many of whom were homeless, to do low-cost home repairs for elderly and low-income residents who can least afford high energy bills.

South Carolina war veterans use poetry for healing in new reading group

from The Post & Courier on Apr. 7, 2017

A new reading group for Charleston-area veterans and their families is skimming through thousands of years' worth of war poetry hoping to find connections with each other and with soldiers across history.

Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

from NPR.org on Apr. 5, 2017

The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life.

Letter: Fisher House

from The Post & Courier on Apr. 2, 2017

Miracles do happen, but often unobserved. It has been four short years since Trux and Durbin Emerson met with Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps.

Veteran amputee on a mission to tackle Bridge Run 2017

from Live 5 News on Mar. 30, 2017

Tens of thousands of racers are expected to join the 40th Anniversary Cooper River Bridge Run Saturday. For Lowcountry veteran Darrell Bivens, the race is about more than crossing the Ravenel Bridge.

Study reviews Salmonella infections17

from AgriView on Mar. 30, 2017

Published literature has recently been reviewed for evidence of a relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals and drug-resistant foodborne Salmonella infections in humans, commonly known as salmonellosis.

Vietnam Vets to be welcomed home, offered free admission March 29 at Patriots Point

from Moultrie News on Mar. 27, 2017

Vietnam veterans will be welcomed home, thanked for their service and offered free admission along with their immediate families at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on March 29, the 44th anniversary of the day United States troops left Vietnam.

Letter to the editor: Too many veterans in Myrtle Beach to not have a VA hospital here.

from Myrtle Beach Online on Mar. 25, 2017

I believe that most of our military veterans wants and need a hospital in Myrtle Beach. What I don't understand is why our government doesn't realize that?

The legend behind Charleston Boxing Club is ready to get his due

from The Post and Courier on Mar. 22, 2017

Al "Hollywood" Meggett is looking for disciples. The 86-year-old patriarch of the Charleston Boxing Club has held court on upper King Street for more than 30 years. Temporarily laid up in a hospital bed at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Navy man fields calls from the gym as daytime television roars in the background.

Vietnam veterans and their families to receive free admission at Patriots Point

from The Post and Courier on Mar. 22, 2017

Patriots Point will honor Vietnam veterans with free admission for them and their families next Wednesday. March 29 is the 44th anniversary of the day U.S. troops left Vietnam.

Study on antibiotic use, salmonella shows need for more farm-to-fork research

from The Post and Courier on Mar. 17, 2017

Dr. Kristi Helke says there's a need for greater transparency on the use of antibiotics in animals. What are the chances you'd be well on your way to becoming a vet and then realize you were allergic to all animals except for two?

Mayor John Tecklenburg touts success clearing Charleston's so-called Tent City at Washington D.C. event

from The Post and Courier on Mar. 13, 2017

Dr. Kristi Helke says there's a need for greater transparency on the use of antibiotics in animals. What are the chances you'd be well on your way to becoming a vet and then realize you were allergic to all animals except for two?

VA Uses New Electromagnetic Therapy to Treat Depression

from Military.com on Mar. 11, 2017

Vietnam veteran Percy Jones is one of thousands who have served in the military and now suffers from depression. Jones fought his battle with depression for years and eventually began isolating himself, making matters worse.

VA enlists help of electromagnetic head device to treat veterans battling depression

from Fox News Health on Mar. 9, 2017

Vietnam veteran Percy Jones is one of thousands who have served in the military and now suffers from depression. Jones fought his battle with depression for years and eventually began isolating himself, making matters worse.

Mobile office offering free dental care for veterans

from Live 5 News on Mar. 7, 2017

A mobile dental office has rolled into North Charleston. Aspen Dental’s Mouth Mobile will provide free dental care to veterans until 3 p.m. Tuesday. The mobile unit will be stationed at North Charleston City Hall on City Hall Lane.

VIDEO: Veteran helps others battling addiction, suicidal thoughts

from ABC News 4 on Mar. 2, 2017

Joe Towles had a plan to take his life, but his attempt at suicide ended in a way he didn't expect. "I was going to get my brother's car and Highway 61 has some beautiful trees on the side. I was going to just take my seat belt off, that was it," he said.

ABC News 4 goes beneath the surface on mental illness, suicides

from ABC News 4 on Mar. 1, 2017

The number of suicides in the tricounty area has risen 30 percent in the last five years. In Berkeley County alone, the number has doubled in that time.

Drug-Resistant Salmonella: More Research Needed

from Bovine Veterinarian on Feb. 24, 2017

We know that salmonella is one of the most important food-borne pathogens in the United States, and that some salmonella populations have developed resistance to one or more antibiotics.

Study results underscore need for veterinarians, doctors to work together on antibiotics issue

from National Hog Farmer on Feb. 23, 2017

The findings of this systematic review did lead the team to important concerns about Salmonella and demonstrated that more research in this area is needed.

For Alzheimer's Caregivers, Patience and Compassion Are Key thoughts

from MedicineNet.com on Feb. 22, 2017

The picture isn't necessarily pretty when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans currently have the degenerative brain condition, there's no sure way to prevent it and current treatment options don't work for everyone.

VA program benefits both veterans and their caregivers

from ABC News 4 on Feb. 21, 2017

Thomas Mungin looks to scripture for his words to live by. “77 on my way to heaven!” the St. Stephen veteran says. He’s part of the VA Foster Care Program. It lets older veterans live in homes with care givers, potentially for the rest of their lives.

2016 Year End Photos

from The Post & Courier on Feb. 13, 2017

Army Veteran and triple amputee Bryan Anderson talks to Veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Tuesday. Anderson, a Purple Heart recipient, was severely injured by an IED in Iraq in 2005.

A magnetic device that treats depression is now in clinical use at the VA hospital in Charleston

from The Post & Courier on Feb. 12, 2017

For many with depression, treatment can mean a frustrating and expensive cycle of medications and therapies. But a team at the VA hospital in Charleston has brought its patients a step closer to successfully treating the disease with magnets.

Wanted: Landlords willing to help our nation's heroes

from ABC News 4 on Feb. 8, 2017

The Charleston VA is working to get homeless veterans into permanent housing but they need more help to finish the mission. HUD-VASH, a housing program through the VA Hospital and the Housing Authority, provides adequate housing for homeless veterans and their families in the Lowcountry.

Ralph H. Johnson

from CBS12.com on Feb. 7, 2017

A Medal of Honor recipient gets the spotlight in Faces of Black History today.

Check Your Funny Bone

from Island Eye News on Feb. 6, 2017

Isle of Palms husband and wife, Bruce Chodosh and Ramona Tepper-Chodosh, are looking to change that image, one patient at a time.

More than 1300 pieces of equipment “lost” from Charleston VA medical center

from WCBD News 2 on Feb. 2, 2017

More than $1.5M worth of equipment has been reported lost, or stolen from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center over the last five years, according to the VA’s ‘report of survey’.

Charleston VA enrolls thousands of vets in genome project

from The Post & Courier on Feb. 2, 2017

Ricky Harris never knew he had diabetes until he got the results of a blood test in 2012. Harris, a 55-year-old Army veteran, has been able to improve his own health since then. But having his blood drawn that day didn’t improve just his quality of life. The genetic information stored in his blood could now help countless others.

More than 7k Lowcountry Vets enrolled into research program

from WCBD News 2 on Feb. 1, 2017

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is celebrating the enrollment of more than 7,000 Veterans into the Million Veteran Program. A ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 11 a.m. at the medical center front lobby to mark the occasion.

South VA Offers Pharmacy Staff Free Diabetes Management Certificate Course

from U.S. Medicine on Jan. 25, 2017

A free online certificate course on diabetes made available at the VA and DoD earlier this year already has had more than 550 enrollments and awarded 15 certificates.

South Carolina nurse practitioners battle for expanded authority in care

from The Post & Courier on Jan. 29, 2017

One day a week for 10 years, Stephanie Burgess made a trip to a clinic that serves the uninsured in rural Kershaw County and treated patients who might not otherwise not have had access to health care.

New Navy destroyer to be commissioned in Charleston for hometown hero Ralph Johnson

from WCBD News 2 on Jan. 12, 2017

One of the U.S. Navy’s newest warships will be commissioned in Charleston, hometown of Marine Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson. He posthumously received the U.S. military’s highest award for his actions during the Vietnam War. The 19-year-old used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, dying instantly in March 1968.

Johnson destroyer to be commissioned in Charleston

from ABC News 4 on Jan. 12, 2017

The Council of the Navy League has announced a special commission coming to Charleston. The USS Ralph Johnson is an Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer, and will make its way to the Lowcountry for a ceremony marking the launch of its service. A date is still to be announced.

U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in honor of Charleston hero

from Live 5 News on Jan. 12, 2017

One of the U.S. Navy's newest warships will be commissioned in Charleston in honor of a hometown hero.

New guided-missile destroyer Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in hero's native Charleston

from The Post & Courier on Jan. 11, 2017

Before it heads to its permanent home port, the future guided-missile destroyer Ralph Johnson will be haze gray and underway to the hometown of its heroic namesake.

Letter: Hospital visit

from The Post & Courier on Jan. 9, 2017

As I see it, the VA hospital has excellent doctors and staff. I am fortunate to have a five-star VA hospital in my area.

Letter: Charleston VA hospital experience

from The Post & Courier on Jan. 5, 2017

I recently helped two friends with a doctor’s appointment at the VA hospital in Charleston. I was saddened and disappointed with the facilities offered our country’s service men and women.

Immunotherapy offers hope to cancer patients

from Pharmacy Choice on Jan. 4, 2017

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.