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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

Local Features

some staff and Veterans sitting under a tent at the Health Fair held in MarchSpring into Health Day, Health Fair
A successful Health Day/Health Fair held on March 25th outdoors at the HPACT was full of advice, nutrition and education from multiple departments from within the VA Medical Center to Veterans.
Anna Almeida-Tenreiro, a radiology technologist at the Providence VA Medical Center, and Navy hospital corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Kanoa LaVoun prepare World War II Navy Veteran Hector R. Rosado for a computerized tomography, or CT, scan at the Providence VAMC.VA-DOD Training Partnership at the Providence VAMC
Many Veterans come to the Providence VAMC, but some come while still in uniform. Often they come for medical board evaluations or care relating to a service-connected injury, but some come for training.
Donald McCarthy, left and Pasco Cucca at the Providence VA Medical Center, Dec. 23, 2015.WWII 29TH ID Vets Meet for the First Time at VA
"You remember the Germans on the hill with the 88?" Cucca asked McCarthy, speaking of the 88mm gun used by the German Army during World War II. “We were the lucky ones. We lost a lot of friends that day.”
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.
Fictional image of neurons of light firing in the brainA Smart Home for Veterans with Brain Injuries
Among the many remarkable advances being studied by VA researchers is a “smart home” for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Technology tracks the Veterans and helps them relearn basic skills.
Two male Veterans sitting with female VA employee looking at a paper flyer GeriPACTs Specialized Care for Older Veterans
VA is ready to care for older Veterans. By 2017, almost 10 million of our 21 million Veterans will be over 65. Here's some information about VA's Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Teams.
Image of an older woman and a younger woman sitting together at a table.Women Vets and Violence
A year ago, the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program was launched at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. The state ranks 13th in domestic homicides and suicides.
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.
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. VAs Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.

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