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High Five drop box and formVASDHS Introduces New Employee Recognition System
Starting April 1, VASDHS will introduce its “High Five” program to patients by placing feedback boxes in waiting rooms around the San Diego VA Medical Center and supporting outpatient clinics.
Canteen Chief Joseph Crisostomo (right) helps prepare food for hungry customersCanteen changes to improve customer smiles in 2014
As a multi-award winning manager with decades of experience behind his belt, VA San Diego Healthcare System’s (VASDHS) new Canteen Chief Joseph Crisostomo is ready to put a new face on his team’s service.
Aspire Center buidling, exterior photoVASDHS Aspire Center to open on President’s Day
The Aspire Center, which officially opens on Feb. 17, is a three-story facility in Old Town San Diego that uniquely specializes in treatment for Veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shop for a Cause Event Flyer"Shop for a Cause" event to benefit women Veterans
Veterans and their families at the VA San Diego Healthcare System will be able to “Shop for a Cause” on February 6, in association with Women’s Heart Disease Awareness Month.
Veteran Patrick Wilkinson shows progress of treatment over one of his scarsLaser Technology Helps Veterans to Heal Scars
“If you weren’t looking at it, you really wouldn’t notice my scars now,” said Patrick Wilkinson. “Before it was an angry red or purple color but now it’s the same tan color as the rest of my leg.”
food drive packing dayVASDHS’s Annual Care and Share Drive a Big Success
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) hosted its 30th annual employee-sponsored “Care and Share” Drive to bring joy to local needy Veterans and their families in San Diego County this holiday season.
Vista Detention FacilityVA San Diego Help Veteran Inmates Move Forward
“By housing incarcerated Veterans in the same dormitory, it’s easier for me to assist with re-entry planning and to support treatment efforts,” said Angela Simoneau, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for VASDHS.
top performer gold key logoVA San Diego Recognized as 2013 Top Performer
VA San Diego Healthcare System was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013. VASDHS is one of 1,099 top-performing hospitals being recognized this year.
Female Veteran using the kioskVASDHS introduces new check-in kiosks
For the convenience of our Veterans, VASDHS recently installed new kiosks throughout the San Diego VA Medical Center that allows Veterans to check in easily and securely for appointments with no waiting in line.
female patient receiving flu shotSeasonal Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans
VASDHS is offering FREE flu shots for all enrolled Veterans, from September 23 - December 20, 2013. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A smiling woman counts change to a man at a kitchen counterHelping Veterans Find and Keep a Home
Occupational therapist Sarah Scalia assesses Veterans (105 so far) to ensure they are able to maintain the affordable housing provided them through the HUD-VASH program.
A woman and a man talk and point to a brochurePeer Specialists Held in High Regard by Veterans
Peer specialist program: Veterans who have recovered from mental illness serve as role models for other Veterans. Veterans will connect better with those who have experienced the same things.
Runners start a race on a trackHow Can I Live a Healthier Life?
Take charge of your health care. It’s never too late to get back on track and start taking steps towards a healthier you by getting informed, developing healthy habits, and enrolling in health care.
yoga poseStudy to Help Women Vets Coping with MST
VA to launch study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction this year to determine if it can help relieve symptoms of PTSD in women vets who have experienced military sexual trauma.
The face of a manWhy Slow Down?
Four hundred Veterans are participating in the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. It’s the world-leader in adaptive winter sports for Veterans, active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
A man with a prosthetic leg and his son work out on exercise ballsWeight Loss for Those with Disabilities
Veterans and others with disabilities can lose weight through a program that involves phone calls and a Web-based remote coaching tool. The approach is low-cost and effective, say researchers.
Woman holds up an image of the food pyramidCan Good Nutrition Save Your Life?
VA wants to help you get in shape, think about nutrition, live longer and have a healthy, energetic life. VA registered dietitians are here to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns.
Face of a woman Veteran with a shirt that reads Live FreeVeterans Tell Their Stories
At the VA in Madison, Wis., the life histories of patients are written down and included in their medical charts. This gives caregivers a better understanding of the human being they are treating.
Team USA Paralympics athletes parade with a US flagVeterans Compete in 2014 Winter Paralympic Games
Veteran Paralympians are incredible role models. They share the same passion as Olympians to excel in their sport and inspire those who share the unique experience of representing America at the games.
An artificial hand reaches for a blockArtificial Hand with a Sense of Touch
Researchers at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University are working to develop an artificial hand that provides something similar to a sense of touch.

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