VA San Diego Healthcare System

Press Releases


2013

Brain Trauma Raises Risk of Later PTSD in Active-Duty Marines - A team of scientists led by researchers from the VA San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that TBIs suffered during active-duty deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan were the greatest predictor for subsequent PTSD, but found pre-deployment PTSD symptoms and high combat intensity were also significant factors. (12/11/2013)
VASDHS Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission - VA San Diego Healthcare System was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. (10/30/2013)
VASDHS Offers E-Donate to Support Local Veterans - The new E-Donate service allows community members who wish to give back to Veterans a quick, safe way to pledge their support online. You choose the medical center, the amount, and the account. (08/12/2013)
VA Health Care Entities Named to 2013 “Most Wired” Hospitals List - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), representing 151 VA medical centers, including VA San Diego Healthcare System was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), is the result of a national survey aimed at ranking hospitals which are leveraging health information technology (HIT) in new and innovative ways. (07/23/2013)
VA Grants Going to California Agencies to Help End Veterans Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of $2.9 million in homeless prevention grant to the California County of San Diego. The grants will serve approximately 750 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. (07/11/2013)
VA San Diego Healthcare System staff walk in Pride Parade for the first time - For the first time this weekend, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will have over 100 employees walking in the San Diego Pride Parade. This historic event will showcase the commitment to provide comprehensive, inclusive, patient-centered care to all Veterans, including LGBT Veterans. (07/11/2013)
VA San Diego Healthcare System Hires 33 New Mental Health Professionals - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. VA San Diego Healthcare System has hired 33 new mental health professionals toward this goal. (06/12/2013)
VASDHS begins recruitment for long-term study of diabetes drug efficacy - VASDHS is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to compare the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. (06/03/2013)
For Veterans with PTSD, videoconferencing proves effective for delivering therapy - In a new study of 207 participants, researchers at the VA San Diego Health Care System found that psychotherapy using videoconferencing technology for appointments worked just as well as in-person psychotherapy when treating Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. The results were presented during the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, held April 4 - 7 in La Jolla. (04/01/2013)
New VA and AMVETS Program Gives Household Items to First Veteran Recipient - Army Veteran Daniel Parker is one of many formerly homeless Veterans to receive housing assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. But it was another VA partnership that helped to make his new apartment a home. On December 12th, Parker became one of the first few recipients of donated beds, couches, tables and other household goods through Team AMVETS: Welcome Home, a partnership between VA and AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation. (01/09/2013)

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2012

VA Healthcare System Honored at 2012 Spirit of Planetree Awards - VA San Diego Healthcare System was honored with a Spirit of Planetree Award for its Warrior to Soul Mate Program at the 2012 Annual Planetree International Conference in Palm Desert, Calif. The conference, from Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, featured medical facility tours, guest speakers on patient-centered care and a host of other informative events. (10/03/2012)
San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center Tailors Plan to Expand Mental Health Staff - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced the department would add approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce. VA estimates that 32 clinicians and 5 support personnel will be hired to support mental health operations at VA San Diego Healthcare System. Funding has now been distributed to VA San Diego Healthcare System and recruitment is underway. (06/12/2012)
VA San Diego Healthcare System Opens Regional Mental Health Center - The VA San Diego Healthcare System has been selected to implement a new mental health program which will provide real-time mental health services via Internet link to Veterans across the Western United States who live long distances from their nearest VA treatment facilities. (05/25/2012)
New Medical Center Director starts at San Diego VA - Jeffrey T. Gering, FACHE, assumed the position of medical center director with the VA San Diego Healthcare System effective May 7, 2012. Gering brings more than 22 years of health system leadership with the Veterans Health Administration to the position. “I look forward to working with the dynamic San Diego team,” Gering said. “They are recognized nationally for their excellence in patient care and advances in information technology, research and education,” he noted. (05/07/2012)
San Diego VA Medical Center celebrates National VA Research Week with symposium - In association with the National VA Research Week, April 23 – 27, the San Diego VA Medical Center will host a two-day symposium to share the latest in local research advances with the public. The presentations will take place on Wed., April 25 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thurs., April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at 3350 La Jolla Village Drive. (04/16/2012)
VA San Diego Healthcare System to Feature Clothesline Project - VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will display this year’s Clothesline Project in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Monday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the San Diego VA Medical Center. (04/16/2012)
Navy SEALs’ Enhanced Brain Function Key to Stress Control in Extreme Situations - A recent study co-authored by researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs sheds light on why military special operations forces perform well in extremely stressful situations and provides a better understanding of how to modify regular military training to improve individual performance under extreme conditions. (03/08/2012)
VA San Diego Healthcare System Celebrates 40 Years of Veteran Care - VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will celebrate 40 years of Veteran service with a ceremony to commemorate the official opening date on March 15. The 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony will take place in the multipurpose room at the San Diego VA Medical Center at La Jolla from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. “We’re proud to offer 40 years of quality care and innovative achievements at our healthcare system,” said Robert M. Smith, acting director for VASDHS. “While the technology and the methods may have changed since 1972, our drive to provide the highest quality service remains the same.” (03/05/2012)

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