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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

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Elderly man and woman on a couch look at a laptopExplore Long Term Services, Supports—Just in Case
Explore your long term care services and supports now, while you don't need them. Personal proactive planning can provide you peace of mind for yourself and those you care about.
group of Visually Impaired Persons fishing off a charter boatTwo Vets Take Home Honors at Fishing Tournament
The RI Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) hosted their 6th Annual VIP Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) of RI on a chartered boat off Galilee, RI. 16 Blind Veterans were included in 39 VIP’s on board.
Staff from the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) pose for a pictureSterile Processing Service Achieves 100% Cert
The PVAMC set a goal to demonstrate our commitment to excellence by having all Sterile Processing Service (SPS) staff certified in sterile processing. Certification is optional, and the examination is a rigorous one.
Diane Gerardi, MSN (VA Nursing Academy Faculty) accepts an awardProvidence VA Medical Center Honors Nurses
During the week of May 6-12, the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center honored the dedicated men and women who we consider to be the compassionate backbone of the Veterans' health-care system - nurses.
picture of new VA internet re-designWe've Re-Designed Our Entire Website!
Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. We know that you consider this website our front door. And we want you to feel welcome.
Photo of the greenhouse Veterans use as part of the horticulture programVeterans Helping Veterans on the Path of Recovery
Horticulture, Vet N Pets, expressive arts...what do each of these programs have in common, you ask? They are just some of the many creative therapies helping Veterans help each other on the path of recovery.
Giordon Gill and Anthony Gore portraying Dr. Charles Drew and George Washington CarverLive Enactments Honor Black History Month
This past February, several Providence VAMC staff and volunteers performed live character enactments to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans in American History: Charles Drew, M.D., Creator of Blood Plasma; Benjamin Banneker, Architect; George Washington Carver, Inventor; Mohammed Ali, Boxer and Philanthropist; Serena Williams, Tennis Player and Businesswoman; Condoleezza Rice, Government Official and 66th Secretary of State; Mahalia Jackson, Gospel Singer/Artist; Maya Angelou, Actor, Dancer, International Acclaimed Author; and Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America.
Veterans Ron Whitcomb and Don Sullivan of Vet2VetVet2Vet Enters 5th Year
The Providence VA Medical Center's Vet2Vet program has been on a long and interesting journey. Vet2Vet concentrates on present-centered wellness, and one of the most important aspects is laughter which is believed to be "good medicine" for the soul
Storage ShedLowe’s Heroes Project Donates Two Storage Sheds
As part of its commitment to the community--Lowe’s established the ‘Lowe’s Heroes Project’ and, each year, seeks to identify a project in the community for which Lowe’s volunteers can volunteer their time to complete a designated project.
Providence VAMC's Interventional Pain Management TeamPVAMC Pain Management Program Welcomes New Provider
Pain Management is a highly specialized field of medicine that is growing. Not every community or VA Medical Center has clinicians who specialize in pain medicine. The Providence VAMC has had an interventional pain management program since 2007 and is fortunate to have three experienced anesthesiologists--Dr. Fred Burgess, Dr. Afreen Siddiqui, and Dr. Keith Fragoza–as well as a nurse practitioner, Sue Bridges--who can assist Veterans in managing their pain. The program has shown remarkable success.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Woman checking a mailboxVeterans Can Now Track Delivery of Prescriptions
A VA employee thought if he could track the delivery of his gifts online, why not make it possible for Veterans to track the delivery of their prescriptions the same way? Now, they can.
Close up of an elderly man's face, standing in front of a treeVeteran Survived the Battle of the Bulge
Seventy years ago this month, stubbornly brave American soldiers fought the Battle of the Bulge. Arthur Berkowitz, 91, was one of them. He recalls the battle and a bullet that later shattered his knee.
A nurse prepares to draw blood from a female VeteranObjective: Help improve health care for Veterans
Over 300,000 Veterans have joined the Million Veteran Program, a partnership between VA and Veterans to establish a database of information which may lead to preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans.
Cartoon of a man showing a presentation on managing stressSeven Ways to Manage Stress during the Holidays
Holidays should be about family, friends and fun. But what about all those demands and deadlines? Here are some tips to help Veterans and their families manage all that stress, now and all year long.
Smoldering navy ship, USS ArizonaUSS Arizona Survivor Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack
Lonnie Cook, 94, is one of nine USS Arizona survivors still living. His plans for a day of liberty in Honolulu came to a halt just before 8:00 on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
Elderly woman in a wheelchair hugs a young womanAt Wyoming VA, No Veteran Dies Alone
Since 2012, volunteers at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming have been spending hours sitting at the bedside of dying Veterans, keeping them company as they near their final journey.
Woman and man talkingGiving Thanks ... with Empathy and Hope
PJ Johnson knows about recovery. She was hit by a car while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. During her rehab, the Veterans she usually helps encouraged her to get better and come back to them.
Close up portrait of Dr. Matthew FriedmanBrain Bank to Help in Treatment of PTSD
A new brain bank in Vermont will help with understanding abnormal brain activity in PTSD and could pave the way for new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of individuals with PTSD.
Male Veteran on a beach inhailing the fresh air.Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier
November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. Join the Smokeout by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking that day. Succeed with helpful tips from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody.
Image of a male doctor taking the pulse of a female patient.Just Saying No to Pain Meds
Specialists at the VA in Charleston, South Carolina, have helped more than 400 patients ease off their chronic pain medications. How did they do it? The answer might surprise you.

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