Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Providence VAMC at Stand Down Weekend
The Providence VA Medical Center participated in the Stand Down Weekend event Sept. 14 and 15 in Diamond Hill State Park, Cumberland, R.I. More than 450 Veterans attended the event, organized and hosted by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, which provided Veterans with access to services provided by OSDRI, the Providence VAMC, Providence VBA Regional Office, the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs and other federal, state and community partners.
Services included medical and mental health care, financial assistance, housing, legal, motor vehicle, employment and training. More than 50 nonprofit, state and federal agencies participated in the event.
"Our sincere thanks to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island for organizing and hosting Stand Down Weekend every year," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center. "The weekend has grown tremendously in terms of the services provided to Veterans, and our participation plays an important role in our delivery of health care to Veterans in need."
The Providence VAMC’s Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team assessed and provided services to twelve homeless Veterans during the event. The HPACT was also the lead medical provider, with the Rhode Island Chapter of the Red Cross providing first responders, as well, and Professional Ambulance providing transport. PVAMC staff provided triage and medical care to Veterans, their families and some OSDRI staff during the event, transporting a few Veterans to the Emergency Department for urgent medical concerns.
The HPACT team also provided vaccines to Veterans and their families, including 187 flu shots, 28 pneumonia vaccines and 3 TDAP vaccinations, which is a combination of vaccines protecting against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.