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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Local Features

Dr. Robert Parker, a surgeon at the Providence VA Medical Center, center, performs surgery at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert Parker)Serving in Providence and Africa
“I went to medical school because I wanted to deliver health care to populations without it,” said Parker. “Medicine is a calling and I’ve seen how it can change the life of an individual, and entire communities, too.”
From left to right, patient ambassador Patrick Higginbottom, with Erin Clare Sears, acting director of the Providence VA Medical Center, Stephanne Proske, patient experience officer, and Donna    Russillo, chief of Voluntary Services, during an event celebrating Patient Ambassador Day, Nov. 29, 2017The Red Coats are Here for You
Some volunteers at the Providence VA Medical Center are wearing red this winter, but it has nothing to do with the holiday season. It is part of the nationwide Red Coat Ambassadors program.
Air Force Veteran James Killingham, a resident of Providence, R.I., and patient of the Providence VA Medical Center, water skiing on Johnson's Pond in Coventry, R.I., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, during the VA New England Healthcare System's Summer Sports Clinic.Adaptive Summer Sports Clinic
This was the second year for Army Veteran Tina Lavallee, a patient of the Providence VAMC. "I was a shut-in before I started this," she said. "Last year I found myself and I exploded — you can't keep me inside anymore!"
Participants discuss the Exercise Training in Pulmonary Hypertension research project during Research Day at the Providence VAMC.Celebrating PVAMC Research
"The innovations VA researchers develop advance health care not only for Veterans, but for all Americans," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.
Dr. Leigh Hochberg, director of the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, left, shows Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin, right, and Dr. Satish Sharma, Providence VAMC chief of staff, a device for brain-computer interface.VA Secretary Shulkin Visits R.I.
The new Rhode Island Veterans Home is being built using updated designs to maximize independent living. "It's a testament to the good that can happen when we collaborate with our state and local partners," said Shulkin.
Photo of nursing students and VA staff serving Veterans lunch.Spring Into Health Resource Fair
"Events like this are an important way to reach homeless and at-risk Veterans, and connect them with the services they've earned through their service," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VAMC.
World War II Veteran Joseph F. Zarella, from Cranston, R.I.To Dad Across the Miles
Joseph Zarrella sent a poem home to his father, Vincent Zarrella, a WWI Navy Veteran. It was published in the newspaper June 9, 1945. More than 70 years later, Derek Annese-Zarrella found the clipping in the boiler room.
Emergency Department staff practice applying a tourniquet.Stop the Bleeding
“One of our functions as a VA medical center is to be able to provide support to local responders during a mass-casualty event ... ” said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.
Valerie Machado, left, a telehealth clinical technician at the Providence VA Medical Center uses Clinical Video Telehealth, or CVT, equipment to meet with Shelly Greene, a licensed practical nurse in the Clinical Telehealth Department Dec. 14, 2016. (Providence VAMC photo by Allen Andersen)Telehealth Offers Convenience, Reduced Waiting
Clinical telehealth touches many branches of care, including dermatology, endocrinology, mental health, audiology, allergy, pharmacy, surgical, neurology, cardiology, and more.
Marine Corps Veteran William Lewis before and after he began participating in MOVE!Bill -- A MOVE! Success Story
“My primary care doctor, Monty VanBeber and nurse practitioner, Cheryl Collins, said my EKG results suggested I may have had a heart attack in my sleep,” said Lewis, a Marine Corps Veteran.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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