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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Local Features

Dr. Sowmya IyerNational Doctors Day
National Doctors Day provides us a special opportunity to thank our VA doctors and reflect on the truly exceptional medical care they provide every day to Veterans of all age groups.
Doctor talking to an elderly male patientSaving Lives with Colorectal Cancer Screening
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time for you to talk to your doctor about your colorectal cancer risk, as well as options for screening. Schedule your appointment today!
Welcome Center at the Menlo Park DivisionRecreation Therapy Not Just Fun and Games
Recreation Therapy is a large and very important service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System that has evolved significantly over the past five years. New staff, innovative programs and buildings have been added.
VFAC Group members sit around a table during a meetingVeterans and Family Advisory Council
The Veterans and Family Advisory Council (VFAC) creates opportunities for Veterans and their family members to partner with staff to enhance individual care and improve system-wide services.
Woman talking on phoneVA Palo Alto Business Office Improves Access
The Health Administration Service (HAS) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System has revamped their phone tree to better service our Veterans looking to resolve claims, bills, and more.
Harold Smith and Dave EarnestMeet Harold Smith, Addiction Therapist at VAPAHCS
For Veterans with an addiction problem, whether it be alcohol, drugs or a host of other addictive diseases, meeting Harold Smith, an Addiction Therapist at the VA Palo Alto, would be akin to striking gold.
Miss California 2016 Jessa Carmack is accompanied by Shorty the Clown as she visits Veterans on hospice unit.Miss California 2016 Visits VA Palo Alto
Jessa Carmack, Miss California 2016, along with Shorty the Clown, visited Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week (February 12-18).
National Salute to Veteran Patients LogoNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
At VAPAHCS, we will be celebrating VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients all week. We will have a special visit from Jessa Carmack, Miss California 2016, who will be visiting various units.
Go red for womenFebruary is Heart Health Month
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart health for women Veterans by asking women Veterans to Know Your Numbers.
Doctor feeling the thyroid of a patientThyroid Disease Awareness
The thyroid gland quietly does its job behind the scenes without you even noticing. When it begins to act up, you may not even consider it as a source for your recurring trouble.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Veteran Brandon Myers removes his shoes from a wheelchair he used to harness an exoskeleton walking deviceRobotic Brace for Veterans of Spinal Cord Injury
It's called an Exoskeleton and it uses motion sensors and a computer control system to allow Veterans with spinal cord injuries to stand and take steps, with a little help.
A male wearing a BDU jacket speaking with a male counselor.Can Spiritual Therapy Ease Your PTSD Symptoms?
A researcher associated with the Augusta VA in Georgia is conducting a survey to see if Veterans coping with PTSD might be interested in having spirituality introduced into their therapy.
Surgeons looking at x-rays of patientImportant Office that Most People Have Never Heard
VA's National Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to preventing inadvertent harm or injury to Veteran patients. It's the engine under the hood that keeps things running smoothly and safely.
Fruit and Vegetable bowl Ten Ways to Eat Wisely - A Focus on Nutrition
VA encourages Veterans to focus on healthful eating. You don't need to change the way you eat overnight. Take your time, make small smart changes in your diet and you'll feel better and be healthier.
VAMC Director Isaacks visits with Veteran patientMarine Continues to Serve by Serving Veterans
David Isaacks served in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2005. Today he continues to serve his country by serving Veterans as director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.

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