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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

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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.
group of people standing outdoorsOSDRI Operation Keep 'em Warm Coat Drive at PVAMC
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island's third annual Keep 'em Warm winter clothing give-away hosted by the Providence VA Medical Center Oct. 28, 2016, in collaboration with the PVAMC's Homeless Veteran Clinic.
Mark Sanders, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran from Manomet, Mass., shows the black sea bass he just caught off of Point Judith, R.I., Thursday, July 21, 2016, during the VA New England's Adaptive Summer Sports Clinic.VA New England Adaptive Summer Sports Clinic
"There is a learning curve, but being disabled doesn't mean much once you know what you can do," said Paul Nyerick, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam from Granby, Conn., who has multiple sclerosis.
Veterans and volunteers on the beach at the Veterans Affairs Amp Surf Clinic in Narragansett, R.I., June 11, 2016.Give a Little, Get so Much
I volunteered ... at the Amp Surf Clinic in Narragansett, R.I. with the Boston VA. I was serving our American heroes with my passion and nursing skills, but they served me so much more.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.

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