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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

Local Features

Karen Edington checks the blood pressure of her husband, Ray Edington, a Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, at their home in Woonsocket, R.I., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.Hospital-in-Home Alternative to Hospital Stay
Ray Edington, a Woonsocket, R.I., resident and Navy Seabee Veteran of Vietnam, had an infection that required intravenous antibiotics. This would normally mean a hospital stay, but he was offered an alternative.
Leonard Harten, a World War II Veteran, receives the Purple Heart.A Long Time Coming
"We were all lined up," recalled Harten during the presentation ceremony. "And there was a tap on my shoulder, and the guy said, 'We can’t find the paperwork, you won't be getting your medal today.'"
Mental Health Summit participants at the Providence VAMC, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.It Takes a Community
The third annual Mental Health Summit brought together more than 100 clinicians, Veterans and their family members, and others to explore how the community can work together to enhance the mental health of Veterans.
E&E - American Heroes at Home in Rhode IslandMy World War II Parents
There's a rumor that my parents may be the last Rhode Island married couple who both served in WW II. I tell everyone this and they blush -- they were doing what they were supposed to, they say, and it was an honor...
Robert Erminelli and Antone Monteiro, two Vets in the Community GardenPVAMC Garden to Serve Homeles & At-risk Veterans
PVAMC H-PACT broke ground on a new community garden. The garden will be tended to by Veterans and volunteers and will supply homeless, at-risk, and low-income Veterans with home-grown, fresh vegetables and fruit.
The author, Amber Vaillancourt, front and center, with Providence VA Row Cats members and coaches at 426 Fitness in Warren, R.I., March 10, 2015. (Providence VA Medical Center photo by Sid Petros, WaterRower)Tap, Tap, Row
Providence Veterans Get Oars Wet in New All-Blind Vets' Crew Team by Amber Vaillancourt, blind rehabilitation outpatient specialist, Providence VA Medical Center. It may not be the Providence River or ...
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell cuts the ribbon to the new physical therapy wing of the New Bedford VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 with Providence VA Medical Center Director Dr. Susan MacKenzie.Mayor Cuts Ribbon on Renovated New Bedford Clinic
"The improvements here are excellent examples of the VA's commitment to provide high-quality, accessible health care to Veterans in our community," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Female and Male Veterans riding a DuetBike together.The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans
Last year there were over 300 million Recreation and Creative Therapy activities for Veterans, such as special events and therapeutic outings. Changing the focus from disability to ability.
Make a Date During Heart Health MonthMake a Date During Heart Health Month
The number one killer of women is heart disease. Every February, Heart Health Month, VA reminds Veterans that early detection can make all the difference in a successful battle against heart disease.
Army Veteran Shaun CastleStrive, Live, Conquer in Salt Lake City
Army Veteran Shaun Castle has a message for wheelchair Veterans: Come to The Games this summer in Salt Lake City. It changed his life, it will change yours. Read his powerful remarks and sign up now.
Charlie Brown, a Marine and Korean War Veteran. Well-Being for Aging Veterans
VA has many ways to help keep you healthy, even if you can't fit into your old uniform. Find out here about Well-Being. It's about mental, physical and spiritual health for older Veterans.
VA nurse Mike Twigg uses a stethoscope to examine a Veteran patientIraq War Veteran Becomes VA Nurse
Mike Twigg was 38 years old when he decided to join the Army. It was 2007, and the war in Iraq was going full tilt. Sounds like a solid plan. Still, isn't 38 a bit old to be joining the Army?
A hiker on a snowy mountainFree, Confidential Courses to Launch Your New Year
Welcome to 2016! VA has developed a free, online, confidential tool kit to help you fight "brain overload," along with relaxation exercises, videos and stress management tools.
Happy New Year 2016!Top Ten VA Services List for Veterans in 2016
One thing we all hope for in a New Year is good health. For America's Veterans, that's our job. At our VA hospitals and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, we are here to serve you.
Veteran Marion Ritchie and her Navy photo from World War II.98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip
World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next on her list, computer classes.
Two men play chess in a restaurantVA 'Bridgers' Helping Sober Vets Stay That Way
At the Bedford VA in Massachusetts, peer support specialists known as 'Bridgers' are helping Veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities following rehab for drug or alcohol abuse.
A mom and dad with a son and daughter cooking and sampling food in a kitchenConnect with Your Children this Holiday Season
VA has free, confidential online courses to help Veteran parents connect with their children. Helpful anytime, but especially during the holidays which can bring a lot of stress. Totally!

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