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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Mental Health Learning Center Ribbon Cutting

Dignitaries cut the ribbon for the new Mental Health Learning Center at the Palo Alto Division.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon for the new Mental Health Learning Center at the Palo Alto Division.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 21, to commemorate the new 14,827 square-foot Mental Health Learning Center located at the VA Palo Alto Division. U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo of California's 18th congressional district was the keynote speaker, attending the ceremony with other civic, government, and healthcare professionals.

The ceremony also included remarks from facility leadership who dedicated one of the rooms in the building to Donna McCartney, a long-time VA employee and recent retiree of the Palo Alto Institute for Research & Education (PAIRE).

The Mental Health Learning Center is an interdisciplinary education and training facility, supporting education and immersive training, specific initiatives to improve practices and procedures in the evolving mental health treatment programs. The building space program establishes a dedicated computer training space for the VAPAHCS Nursing Education program, as well as a large open auditorium that can be subdivided for smaller events. Additional space is also provided for the Office of Education, who is responsible for the oversight and management of continuing education programs for the entire health care system.

This new building is the first phase in creating a consolidated staff training and education facility at the Palo Alto Division. The Simulation Center is scheduled to begin construction in June 2014, and when completed, will combine to create a contiguous training facility, called the Learning Center.

The Mental Health Learning Center highlights VAPAHCS’ commitment to being an innovative learning organization that focuses on Veterans and enables them to pursue active and healthy lives. This further emphasizes the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's motto of "Serving those who Served."


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