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New Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in MontereyVeterans Create Own Model of Care with 3P Project
VAPAHCS aims to design and implement a new model of care using Lean 3P (Production Preparation Process) for the new Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic that is under construction in Monterey.
Carissa Gascon with interviewer Dave EarnestVAPAHCS Nurse Saves a Life
VAPAHCS Nurse Carissa Gascon recently saved the life of a young boy during a flight to London. Read the amazing story of a selfless woman who is always willing to help others.
Katie in action at the U.S. Volleyball national competition in Orlando, FloridaKatie Holloway: A Paralympian By Determination
VAPAHCS employee Katie Holloway, two-time winner of USA Volleyball’s Female Athlete of the Year and U.S. Paralympian, is currently participating in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Army Veteran Amanda Smith and Marine Corps Veteran Tom Hurst review some of the images Amanda has captured on her cell phone.Seeing Hope with Photographs and Words
In the Veteran Photo Recovery Project: Hope Book Series, Veterans create a photo narrative about hope by using 10 photographic images and 10 associated words in a sentence that together explain their idea about hope.
Adult Day Health Care booth at the VA Palo Alto Dementia Resource FairDementia Resource Fairs at VAPAHCS
In service to our Veteran families coping with dementia, memory loss, or other cognitive impairment, the VAPAHCS Dementia Committee recently hosted its 3rd and 4th Dementia Resource Fairs at VA Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Heliana RamirezFabulous, Fearless and Full of Pride
Raised by a gay father and heterosexual mother, Heliana Ramirez's upbringing was more than just diverse, it was the catalyst which made her stronger as an individual and launched her into a life of advocacy.
VA and CVS MinuteClinicVA Palo Alto Partners with CVS Pharmacies
The pilot program is a first in VA healthcare, allowing enrolled Veterans to receive a broad range of free services at 14 participating CVS pharmacies within Northern California.
Volunteers Dave Hyman and Jenn HoldenPublic Service Recognition Week
May 1-7 is Public Service Recognition Week. We want to recognize all of our employees for what they do every day to care for our Nation’s Veterans: You make VA great and we thank you for your service!
Veteran holding letterVeterans Discuss What Matters Most
On Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), VA Palo Alto launches Letter Project to help Veterans share "what matters most" in an end-of-life discussion with their family and doctors.
Celebrating 70 years of service to VeteransGive Back to Freedom: Volunteer with VA
At VAPAHCS there are more than 2,500 volunteers at any given moment, taking on tasks from helping process paperwork in order for a Veteran to receive care to keeping a Veteran company at their bedside.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran – Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.
Doctor and Veteran PatientSan Diego VA Doctor Patients’ Best Friend
He reminds his patients of “those doctors from 50 years ago where they sit down and talk to you and are like your best friend. ”Meet Dr. James Michelson of VA San Diego.
VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.

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