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Press Releases


VA San Diego Healthcare System Invites Women to Continue Making History - For the VA, Women’s History Month means more than just celebrating our women Veterans – it means making sure they’re proud of the role we play in the remaining chapters of their story,” said VA Chief of Staff Pam Powers. (03/03/2020)

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VA San Diego Healthcare System invites Veterans and their families to a free Motown Miracles concert - The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is pleased to invite Veterans and their families to a free concert on Veterans Day. The acclaimed R & B, doo-wap and soul group, the "Motown Miracles" will honor Veterans by holding a concert on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019 starting at 3:00 p.m. at Humphreys Half Moon Inn, 2303 Shelter Island Drive. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. (10/25/2019)

VA San Diego Healthcare System physician receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists - President Trump recognized Dr. Chang, a musculoskeletal radiologist, for his work with novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques to better understand, diagnose, and manage musculoskeletal diseases. (07/25/2019)

Stimulating the Vagus Nerve in the Neck Might Help Ease Pain Associated with PTSD - In a study published February 13, 2019, in PLOS ONE, Lerman and colleagues tested noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation as a method for dampening the sensation of pain. (02/13/2019)

VA hosts Imperial Valley Veteran Town Hall meeting - Representatives from the VA San Diego Healthcare System, VA Benefits Regional Office, and San Diego National Cemetery are hosting a Veteran Town Hall meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 247 S. Imperial Ave., Imperial, Calif. (02/04/2019)

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Dr. Clancy to Recognize Winners of Community Partnership Challenge in Virtual Ceremony - The winners of the 2018 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge will be honored in a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VHA’s Executive in Charge, will present the awards to the three winning VHA facilities: VA San Diego Healthcare System, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, and Phoenix VA Health Care System. (05/25/2018)

VA Breaks Ground on New Chula Vista Clinic - Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for a new VA healthcare clinic on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The new clinic will be located at 353 H Street at the corner of H and 3rd streets in Chula Vista and will replace the current Chula Vista clinic. (03/27/2018)

Chronic use of e-cigarette vapor with nicotine may cause inflammation and organ damage - Published in the February American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Interactive and Comparative Physiology, VA San Diego Healthcare System and University of California San Diego researcher and senior author Laura Crotty Alexander M.D. added to the growing body of knowledge suggesting that e-cigarette vapor (EV) may not be as safe as originally thought. Dr. Crotty Alexander says her study supports further investigation of the safety of EV. “Our findings of significant pathology caused by inhalation of non-flavored EV gives credence to the belief that there are toxic effects of EV components, beyond those of flavorings alone,” Crotty Alexander wrote. (02/06/2018)

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Local Physician Receives Highest VA Research Award - VASDHS is pleased to announce that Dr. H. Kirk Hammond, a researcher and cardiologist with the VASDHS, has been awarded the 2017 William S. Middleton Award – the highest research honor in the VA. (08/17/2017)

Yoga Improves Health Outcomes for Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain - In a study including 150 military Veterans with chronic low back pain, researcher Erik J. Groessl, Ph.D., and his team from the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System found that Veterans who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores and a decline in opioid use. (07/20/2017)

VA Imperial Valley Clinic opens in new location - The Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) announced the opening of the VA Imperial Valley Clinic in the new location at 1115 South 4th Street, El Centro, Calif, 92243 - just 1.4 miles away from the current clinic on Tuesday, February 21. “We are very pleased to open this new clinic as it will expand our ability to serve Veterans in Imperial Valley,” said VASDHS Director Robert M. Smith, M.D. (02/15/2017)

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VA San Diego Healthcare System Receives 2016 Press Ganey NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality - VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded the 2016 NDNQI® Award for outstanding nursing quality by Press Ganey. The award recognizes the top-performing academic medical center that has achieved excellence in overall performance in nursing quality indicators. (11/04/2016)

San Diego VA Medical Center Hosts Research Symposium - The San Diego VA Medical Center will host a Research Symposium on May 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the VA Medical Center Multipurpose Room, 3350 La Jolla Village Dr. The event is in association with National VA Research Week and will feature two presentations on local research advances. (05/10/2016)

VA San Diego Healthcare System Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2016 - VASDHS has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender civil rights organization. (04/05/2016)

Gene Transfer Shows Promise for Treating Heart Failure - Use of intracoronary gene transfer among heart failure patients resulted in increased left ventricular function beyond standard heart failure therapy, according to a study published online by JAMA Cardiology. (03/30/2016)

Vietnam War Veterans to be honored at Ceremony - Vietnam War Veterans are invited to a free ceremony to recognize, honor and thank them for their service. The commemorative event will be held on March 29 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley (1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego). (03/22/2016)

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8th Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - VASDHS will host the Eighth National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, September 13 – 18, which will include innovative adaptive sporting events such as sailing, kayaking, surfing, cycling, rowing, and archery. (08/21/2015)

Gene Networks for Innate Immunity Linked to PTSD Risk - Researchers at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in New York and the United Kingdom, have identified genetic markers, derived from blood samples that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The markers are associated with gene networks that regulate innate immune function and interferon signaling. (03/10/2015)

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VA San Diego Healthcare System announces local Veterans Town Hall meetings - The VA San Diego Healthcare System is hosting town hall meetings for Veterans, family members, and the public to provide feedback on VA health care services and make recommendations for improvement. (09/03/2014)

Fear, Safety, and the Role of Sleep in Human PTSD - The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. (08/26/2014)

VA San Diego Healthcare System opens new health clinic in Sorrento Valley - VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will celebrate the grand opening of the new Sorrento Valley Clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 from 10:00 -10:30 a.m. Guest speakers for this event will include Congressman Scott Peters and San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Sherri S. Lightner. (08/15/2014)

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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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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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