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Official VA photo of Lawrence Connell, director of the VA Providence Healthcare System.VA Providence HCS Welcomes Director
Connell previously served as chief of staff for the Veterans Health Administration, in Washington, D.C. A retired Army colonel, he served more than 30 years as a medical service officer and medical evacuation pilot.
Photo of, from left to right, Sen. Whitehouse; Sen. Reed; Dr. MacKenzie, director of the PVAMC; Jessica Ramos-Tinney, project manager from Ironclad Services; and Erin Clare Sears, associate director for operations at the PVAMC, breaking ground on the Harwood Center renovation.Harwood Groundbreaking
Upon completion, scheduled for the fall of 2020, the new facility will be dedicated to the Providence VAMC Research Service, which is experiencing a rapidly growing need for more space.
Dr. Marek S. Kopacz, from the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, N.Y., gives the keynote speech during the Providence VA Medical Center’s Mental Health Summit Aug. 29, 2019.Spirituality and Mental Health
The topic was "The Importance of Spirituality on Mental Health Outcomes and Suicide Prevention and Postvention,” featuring Dr. Marek S. Kopacz from the VISN 2 Center for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, N.Y.
Photo of the Stronger Together Hope Bracelet.Women Veterans: Stronger Together
“This project is very close to my heart, as I’ve experienced first-hand the help that the caring people of the Veterans Crisis Line provide,” said Mitchell. “It made a dramatic difference for me.”
Photo of Dr. Sharon Rounds meeting with a Veteran patient at the Providence VA Medical Center Nov. 1, 2018.PVAMC Physician and Researcher Honored
A distinguished researcher on pulmonary circulation, Rounds supported the ATS Foundation’s efforts to advance the careers of promising young investigators, chairing the committee that selects grant recipients.
Veteran Suicide Prevention Discussion panel at the Providence VA Medical Center Jan. 24, 2019.Suicide Prevention Discussion Panel
"We want to enroll as many at-risk Veterans as possible, but we also want to equip communities to help Veterans get the right care, wherever they need it," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VAMC.
Andree H. Cobb, knitted and crocheted 55 hats and 66 scarves for homeless Veterans in 2018. Her son Paul A. Cobb, is a registered nurse with the Mental Health Service, and works out of the VA Clinic in New Bedford, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Paul A. Cobb)Hand-Made Hats for Homeless Vets
Andree and William were married for 64 years, raising four children When William passed away in 2016, Andree found herself without many of the roles that had played central parts in her life, such as wife and caregiver.
Dr. Linda Resnik, center, a career research scientist at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service’s Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology meets with research team members.Upper Limb Amputation Study of Women Veterans
"Women are more likely to reject or abandon upper limb prostheses, in part due to dissatisfaction with devices and a lack of appropriately gendered prostheses," said Dr. Linda Resnik about the study.
Army Veteran Anthony Berard receives a flu vaccination from Fern Maratta, a nursing resident with the Providence VA Medical Center’s Post Baccalaureate Nurse Resident program, Friday, Sept. 14, during Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Stand Down Weekend at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, R.I.Providence VAMC at Stand Down Weekend
“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.
Dr. Timothy Mariano, left, a researcher with CfNN, and Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, associate director of CfNN, show equipment used for the research.tDCS Studied for Low Back Pain
"This was a small study, so the results need to be replicated ... but there is encouraging potential here," said lead author Dr. Timothy Mariano, a researcher with the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.

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