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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Local Features

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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.
Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.

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