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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


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Photo of service dog.Help Stop Service Dog Fraud
“When untrained pets posing as service dogs behave badly, it can affect attitudes toward people who truly need assistance dogs,” said Stephanne Proske, patient experience officer of the Providence VA Medical Center.
Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, associate director of the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, left, and Dr. Armin Zand Vakili, a psychiatry resident, demonstrate using an electroencephalogram to record brain activity with Hannah Swearingen, a health science specialist.Mindfulness Study for Chronic Pain
“This work is an important step towards improving outcomes of ... mind-body interventions, by helping to understand how they work ...” said Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.
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.

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