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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Local Features

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.
Thinking about your drinking?April Monthly Topic: Thinking About Drinking
In older adults, alcohol can trigger health problems or make them worse. These health problems include high blood pressure, ulcers, liver disease, anxiety, sleep problems, and depression.
Navy Lieutenant Michael P. MurphyIrish-American Heritage Month
Irish-Americans and their descendants, including numerous soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, have made tremendous contributions to the United States in countless categories.
Social worker interacting with a patientCelebrating 90 Years of Social Workers
From working with traumatic brain injury patients to helping Veterans cope with PTSD and LGBT issues, there are social workers integrated in all inpatient and outpatient care at VAPAHCS.
Main lobby with a sign that reads National Patient Safety GoalsTeamwork Keeps Veterans Safe
Patient safety is a big deal within the VA. It is a simple concept of reducing and preventing inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care, but achieving success took a major culture shift.
Sack on a bed with the words sleep debt written on it.Let VA Help With Sleep Debt
An estimated 70 million Americans experience chronic sleep debt and sleep disorders. Not getting adequate sleep can have a wide-ranging influence over our lives, including job or school performance, emotions, and more.
Sybil StockdaleSybil Stockdale-One woman’s fight for Vietnam POWs
Each year in March the United States honors women who have made significant contributions to our country. Choosing one is a challenge as there are many significant women, women’s movements, and organizations.
Steven ElliottNational Engineers Week
VA Palo Alto Health Care System is unique to have so many aspects of engineering that keep operations flowing smoothly and make our health care system a state of the art facility.
Mobile Devices Provide Immediate Answers for VA Care TeamsMobile Devices Provide Immediate Answers
VA care team members are frequently required to make complex, rapid, and potentially life-saving decisions under dynamic and fluid work conditions, which means access to critical health-related information is vital.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A doctor visits a patient in his home and takes his hand. Sharing Advantages of VA Home Based Care
When a VA doctor read a letter in the paper that it was almost impossible for a primary care doctor to truly connect with patients and their families, he shares VA is able to do just that.
Black and white image of Veteran Patient standing with a implanted prosthetic, a close up of the legs and wheel chair.Surgical Implant Prosthesis for Veteran Amputees
Prosthesis devices for Veteran amputees took a giant step this year with the development of a prosthetic leg that is surgically implanted. A Veteran in the trial says, “I can feel the ground again.”
Veteran patient working with a member of Voluntary ServicesMarking 70 Years of Volunteers Serving Veterans
One of the most important things we give each other is our attention. VA’s Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.
A Veteran in a wheelchair poses next to an accessible ramp to his houseOccupational Therapists in Home Based Primary Care
As key team members in Home Based Primary Care, VA's Occupational Therapists make it possible for home-bound Veterans with complex health care needs to enjoy meaningful lives.
A man captures a pencil rubbing of a Servicemember's name engraved on the Vietnam WallVA Honors Vietnam Vets for Service and Sacrifice
VA is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam on March 29 with Vietnam Veterans Day. It is a long-overdue opportunity to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.
A Veteran being treated by his VA doctorVeterans with Epilepsy: You are not alone
Over 300,000 US soldiers have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury since 2000, many at risk for epilepsy. New VHA online videos show how Vets with epilepsy are able to live full, successful lives.
Image of female Airman tossing old uniforms into a firepit to be burnedWere you exposed to burn pits while deployed?
If you have experienced respiratory symptoms or health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits while deployed, you should register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
A Veteran with TBI working with a therapist on the computerImprovements in Brain Injury Data Collection
The Department of Veteran Affairs Traumatic Brain Injury Registry monitors Veterans who may have a traumatic brain injury in order to provide early medical intervention. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
VA Social Worker Maria Beltran speaking with a homeless VeteranHer Mission Rescuing Phoenix Homeless Veterans
Army Veteran Maria Beltran, one of six outreach coordinators at the Phoenix VA, spends her days trying to get homeless Veterans off the street and into a place they can call home.
Doctor peforming an eye exam on a male Veteran patientNational Access Stand Down
VA will not rest until we fix our system to better meet the health needs of those who need help the most. On February 27, VA will host “Stand Down #2: Road to MyAccess” at all VA Medical Centers.

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