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VA San Diego Healthcare System

Local Features

male veteran walking with grand daughter in a strollerWhat You Should Know About Diabetes
Diabetes is the single most expensive disease in the United States, with $101 billion spent in 2013 on diagnosis and treatment. In Veterans, nearly 1 in 4 of VA patients have been diagnosed with Adult Onset Diabetes.
Veterans Crisis LineFive things we’re doing about Veteran Suicide
In July, the Department of Veterans Affairs released its newest Veteran suicide report detailing new statistics on the Veteran suicide crisis currently affecting our nation’s heroes.
employees wearing headseat to answer phone callsConvenient Scheduling for Audiology and Optometry
We are happy to announce that VA San Diego Healthcare System now offers enrolled Veterans the opportunity to directly schedule routine ear and eye appointments with Audiology and Optometry clinics.
va san diego staffCare & Share Provides Holiday Meals for Veterans
'Tis the season to give back and employees at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), for the past 32 years, have been providing Veterans a holiday meal through the Care & Share program.
man on wheelchair using video with his providerVASDHS Pilot Program helps Patients and Providers
VA San Diego Healthcare System is piloting a program called vPACT (video patient-aligned care team), which uses wireless technology to connect patients with their providers through video visits.
leadership staff receiving the awardVASDHS Earns Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality
VASDHS received the 2016 Press Ganey NDNQI® Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality. This award recognizes the top-performing academic medical center for excellence in overall performance in nursing quality measures.
female patient receiving flu shotFree Seasonal Flu Shots for Enrolled Veterans
VA San Diego Healthcare System offers FREE flu shots for all enrolled Veterans, October 3, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Patients with a scheduled appointment will be given flu vaccine during their clinic appointment.
man standing under the sun, drining waterStay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Take Care this Summer
Summer is here! VA San Diego Healthcare System reminds everyone to take care of yourself, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and protect your skin when under the sun during summer.
ptsd logo1 in 5 Recent Combat Vets in San Diego have PTSD
Veteran Jordan Miller came back from his last deployment to find that home no longer felt like home. Six months out of his discharge from active duty in the Navy, his environment was the same as always, but he was not.
female pharmacistSafe Pain Treatment a Priority at VA San Diego
Nearly 60 percent of Veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older Veterans suffer from chronic pain, leading to an increase in the use of opioids over the years.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.
Image of a volunteer pushing a patient in a wheelchair. Vietnam Vet Gives His Time to the VA in Georgia
Gus Albritton has spent 25 years and 23,000 hours volunteering at the Dublin VA in Georgia. The 66-year-old Vietnam Veteran began volunteering as a way of coping with his PTSD.
Michael Williams speaks to new employeesHomeless Veterans Personal Scorecard was the Key
Michael Williams’ personal scorecard was goal oriented, a plan he put together while living on the streets. Homeless for three years, he conquered alcoholism and regained the trust of his family.
Veteran getting their blood pressure checkedBlood Pressure Study: Vietnam Era Veterans
Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs find both herbicide exposure and military service are associated with high blood pressure (hypertension) among Army Chemical Corps Vietnam era Veterans.
Army Veteran Jeffrey Weinstock meets with Dr. Erica Dombrowsky, audiologist, through Clinical Video Telehealth.VA Telehealth saves Florida Veteran time, travel
Army Veteran Major Jeffrey Weinstock is very thankful this week for VA Telehealth. It saves him a 300-mile round-trip from Key West to Miami for a comprehensive hearing exam and new hearing aids
Veterans sitting around a camp fire.Veterans Deal with Diabetes at Unique Camp
Veterans in Wisconsin spend a weekend at a special camp designed to help them learn about and deal with their diabetes. Veteran Steve Biever lost 56 pounds and thanks a VA nurse for saving his life.

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