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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Local Features

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.
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

From the Veterans Health Administration

person grabbing a door handle for entryRehab Veterans volunteer for four-week lock down
Unique approach to rehab. At the Topeka VA, a new voluntary alcohol and drug rehab program called 'Fresh Start' requires patients to commit to 30 days of intense therapy in a locked unit.
US Army Veteran Ron WhitcombVeterans with PTSD Reclaiming Their Lives
VA is working hard every day to help Veterans with PTSD, from World War II generals to Iraqi conflict corporals. Here are links to resources and courageous stories from Veterans who have been there.
jogger's feet on a natural running pathThese Veterans lost a LOT of weight. You can too!
Hundreds of Veterans of all ages — and shapes — are losing weight every day with VA's MOVE! program and now there's an app to help you join this happy, healthy group. Check it out!
physician reviewing health information with a patientYou Can Make the Most of Your Whole Health
It's not about what's the matter with you. It's about what matters most to you. There's a link to a form in this story that could help you enhance your overall well-being by focusing on these factors.
veteran using assistive technologyChange Your Mind about Brain Injury
VA's Polytrauma System of Care, a network of over 100 programs, provides world-class rehabilitation services for Veterans and helps them transition back to their homes and families.
surgical suite featuring nurse and surgeon with a patientVA and DoD Meet for Patient Safety Awareness Week
During Patient Safety Awareness Week, doctors, nurses and clinicians from VA and DoD will be 'United in Safety' as they discuss and analyze ways to make your hospital experience safer.
Veteran Brian Pettyjohn working with a horseYou can have MS but MS does not have you
You can have Multiple Sclerosis with limited mobility and still have passion for the causes that are meaningful to you. Read this story about Army Veteran Brian Pettyjohn who does just that.
Civil War era soldier's hospital Roots of VA Health Care Started 150 Years Ago
On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Today's VA evolved from that facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army.
Veteran participating in physical therapy81-Year-Old Veteran Chooses Rehab Over Surgery
Korean War Veteran Victor Ferentino, 81, was a runner for 60 years. After a spill in Manhattan he did his research and chose rehab at his VA Physical Therapy clinic over surgery.
A Veteran wearing the medal of honor stands between a man and a womanA Veteran Who Was on Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today
This week is the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. "Woody" Williams, 91, was there and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous action on that memorable day.

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