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Local Features

The Community Living Center project will expand space and will provide a more home-like environment for its residents.Construction Projects
A number of construction and renovation projects are underway which will improve patient areas, expand parking spaces and upgrade our infrastructure.
Photo illustration of a vial of blood labeled Hepatitis C Blood TestHCV Testing
If Hepatitis C (HCV) is undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to serious liver problems. Free HCV testing is available for all Veterans enrolled for care. During your next visit, ask your VA provider for the HCV test.
Photo of a smiling female nurse with a patient in bed behind her.Nurse Recruiting Open House
Registered Nurses are invited to a Nurse Recruiting Open House, February 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Medical Center's Atrium.
Winterhaven 2018 logoWinterhaven 2018
Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's major outreach event continues efforts to eliminate and prevent Veteran homelessness.
Photograph of a man with a tape measure around his stomach.New Year's Resolutions
At this time of year, we're bombarded with advertising for diets, equipment and supplements that makes enticing claims you'll lose incredible amounts of body weight in just a few weeks.
An unhappy man with holiday decorations in the background.Holiday Blues
For many, the holidays can be a time of severe anxiety, loneliness, grief or depression. It's easy to become overwhelmed with the "holiday blues".
Photo of a pair of hands around a candleHonoring a Profound Loss
The Women's Health Clinic hosted its first remembrance ceremony to provide support for Veterans who have lost an infant or pregnancy.
Army Veterans Jay Johnson, John Seymore, Sr. and Eric Hinton during a recent trip to New OrleansVeterans Make a Pact
For three combat Veterans who served together in Iraq, the power of comradery transcends friendship and brotherhood for life, in more ways than one.
Dr. Ritchie visits with a Veteran at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical CenterNovember, Veterans Month
Dr. Elspeth Ritchie, Chief Mental Health, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, brings a deeply personal background and first-hand knowledge of military issues and trauma to her work and a new documentary.
Graphic of a Military Family, National Veteran and Military Families Month.Veterans Month
November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. All month we will be featuring unique and inspiring stories about Veterans, check in often.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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