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New VA 'house' becomes a home away from home
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 8, 2013
There's a new "house" on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare campus in O'Hara, with all the things any living quarters should have -- living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, laundry, pantry and garage. Nobody actually lives there, but every day veterans go there to practice navigating daily life following surgery, a stroke or a fall.
At a House Inside the VA, Injured Vets Prepare to Return Home
WESA 90.5 FM | April 4, 2013
The 1,100 square foot house, called MyHome, is a part of the VA's Community Living Center, and it's designed to help patients recovering from physical or mental injuries transition safely back to their homes.
University of Pittsburgh researcher recognized for work with Paralympics
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 2, 2013
Rory Cooper, founding director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a joint project of the University of Pittsburgh, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will receive the Paralympic Scientific Award at the VISTA 2013 conference in Bonn, Germany, in May, the International Paralympic Committee announced.
A 100-year-old vet helps the VA hospital hum
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 17, 2013
A 100-year-old man at the VA hospital isn't news. A 100-year-old man volunteering and wearing out the people who try to keep up with him at the VA -- that's news.
O’Hara VA could be first with full-scale model home for rehab
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | February 20, 2013
Basic physical therapy can rebuild hospitalized military veterans' core strength, but preparing them again for practical daily life is a different challenge. A simulated home setting introduced on Wednesday at the Pittsburgh VA's H.J. Heinz Campus in O'Hara will help therapists monitor and retrain patients in domestic basics — from vacuuming floors to unloading groceries.
MyHome - Helping Wounded Vets Transition from Hospital to Home
KDKA-TV2 | February 20, 2013
The virtual environment called "MyHome," on VA Pittsburgh's Heinz campus in Aspinwall, will help wounded vets transition from hospital to home.
VA Pittsburgh Debuts Home Therapy Program
KDKA-TV2 | February 19, 2013
Alan Petrazzi and Jason Fay from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System stop by the Pittsburgh Today Live morning show to talk about their new home simulation therapy program.
Newsmaker: Michael Clark
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | January 15, 2013
Michael Clark, 36, a reservist from Ross, oversaw installation and setup at the Fisher House, a new $5.5 million lodge free for families of veterans receiving care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's University Drive Campus.
Heroes at Heinz Field
various | September 11, 2012
VA Healthcare - VISN 4 and the Pittsburgh Steelers joined together for the fifth annual Heroes at Heinz Field event for Veterans who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Veterans in attendance practiced their football skills alongside eleven current Steelers who also signed autographs and posed for pictures. The Veterans ended the evening with dinner in a stadium lounge that overlooks Heinz Field. View the media coverage below:
Pittsburgh Steelers | WTAE-TV | KDKA-TV | Tribune-Review | Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Veteran earns 3 medals at Golden Age Games
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 27, 2012
In two years, Janet Escobedo of the North Side is a two-time gold medalist. Escobedo, 57, won gold in the discus (18.22 meters) this month at the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games in St. Louis.
VA recruiting mental health staff
Pittsburgh Business Times | June 13, 2012
Recruitment is underway at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System for 35 mental health clinicians and seven support personnel, who will be among 1,600 mental health professionals being hired to help veterans nationwide.
VA Pittsburgh to dedicate $75.8 million facility Wednesday
Pittsburgh Business Times | May 1, 2012
The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System on Wednesday will dedicate a new, $75.8 million facility at its University Drive campus. The VA’s Consolidation Building will house outpatient services and 78 private psychiatric beds.
County gets $217,000 to aid homeless vets
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 28, 2012
Pennsylvania agencies will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. The Allegheny County Housing Authority will get $217,000 in housing vouchers - the second-highest amount in the state.
Ambulatory Care Center Achieves LEED Silver Certification
Medical Construction & Design | January 17, 2012
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) Ambulatory Care Center was recently awarded LEED-NC Silver certification, using the LEED-NC Rating System version 2.2. The project achieved 33 credit points in addition to meeting all LEED prerequisites.
The new Ambulatory Care Center at the H. J. Heinz Division integrates primary care, specialty follow-up, physical rehabilitation, audiology, dental, prosthetics, rehab medicine, community services, outpatient pharmacy and patient education.
Thanks may help in vets' return to 'normal'
Valley News Dispatch | December 18, 2011
Whether or not returning service personnel are warmly welcomed back from war zones, there is no evidence that adjustment to home is any easier, says Dr. Jeffrey Peters, associate chief of staff for behavioral health at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Cards more than a greeting to soldiers, veterans
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 5, 2011
Barb Janoscrat keeps a tissue handy whenever she looks over holiday greeting cards drawn by children to send to soldiers, veterans and other members of the military. She is overseeing its Holiday Mail for Heroes program, a Red Cross project with Pitney Bowes to send 1 million cards to service families and veterans at home and abroad.
VA voted best in medical teamwork
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 18, 2011
A team from VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System won the top award from the Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care for reducing hospital readmissions for congestive heart failure.
VA Pittsburgh takes top Fine Award
Pittsburgh Business Times | November 18, 2011
The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System was among five institutions that received Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care on Thursday.
VA's experimental program gives hope to stroke survivors
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 5, 2011
An intensive therapy program to help stroke survivors who cannot talk or write has become so sought-after by veterans, say officials with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, that it has a waiting list of patients who hope to be helped by it.
O'Hara officials celebrating new ambulatory care center at VAPHS
Aspinwall Herald | October 10, 2011
Touted as a crucial and revolutionary piece of health care for veterans, officials are celebrating the opening of a $40 million ambulatory care center at the Veteran Administration Pittsburgh Health System, or VAPHS, in O'Hara.
Veterans Research Lab Focuses on Creating Special Devices for Disabled Veterans
Forbes.com | September 28, 2011
People with disabilities have some new, powerful devices to make daily living easier. The Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) is a part of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and has created robotic arms, better wheelchairs, and other mobility devices.
Local veterans roll through National Wheelchair Games
Washington Observer-Reporter | Sepember 28, 2011
Tom Strang has been to every National Veterans Wheelchair Games since 1998. But for Strang, the most recent games will be the one he'll always remember. The Canonsburg resident didn't have to travel to Alaska, Denver or Puerto Rico, as he has done to compete in previous games. This time, the 31st annual Games were held in Pittsburgh.
VA breaks ground on $27M building in Oakland
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | September 26, 2011
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System broke ground today in Oakland on a $27.3 million building that will allow researchers to develop better care, therapies and devices for wounded veterans.
VA Healthcare System breaks ground for research center
Pittsburgh Business Times | September 26, 2011
The VA Healthcare System is scheduled to begin construction on a $27.3 million research office building in Oakland on Monday.
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