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An exterior directional sign for a hospital emergency department.Emergency Medical Care
You never know when you may need emergency medical care, so knowing what to do and where to go will benefit you. During a medical emergency, Veterans should immediately seek care at the nearest medical facility.
Volunteer Dylan Schanck with Voluntary Services Chief David DiFuccia and Deputy Director Barbara Forsha.Annual Banquet Honors VAPHS Volunteers
Every year, the Voluntary Services section of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System honors the hundreds of volunteers who help make the hospital run. Plus two youth volunteers are honored with the Napier Wilson Scholarship.
University of Pittsburgh's Lauren Russell, left, and Professor Peter Trachtenberg, look over that day's lesson plans.Behavioral Health Vets Discover Love of Writing
The Veterans in VA Pittsburgh's behavioral health unit discover their talent for writing due to an innovative collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh's English Department.
Army Veteran Joseph “Joe” Wilbon celebrates his 100th birthday with family, Veterans, visitors and staff in the Primary Care clinic at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.World War II Veteran became Centenarian in April
“I try to keep my mind on the Lord all the time. He always guides me. Whenever I got a problem He shows me how to get through it. I try to get along with people and have friends—a lot of friends,” Wilbon said.
Image of VA researcher Jeffrey Yao with display featuring his work in neurochemistry and psychopharmacology.VA Researcher Dearly Missed By Coworkers
Although Jeffrey “Jeff” Yao excelled during his military service in his birthplace in Taiwan, he chose a life in the U.S. dedicated to research, benefitting Veterans and others with mental illness.
Marine Corps Veteran Kevin KellyPositive Thinking Improves Arthritis Pain
New research at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System shows there actually is power in positive thinking, and Veterans are harnessing that power to find much needed relief for arthritis pain.
Dr. Sandra BlakowskiBlakowski Outstanding Physician for 2018
Dr. Sandra Blakowski, who pioneered palliative care programs at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, including No Veteran Dies Alone and Honors Escort, named Outstanding Physician for 2018.
Dr. Jo-Anne SuffolettoSuffoletto 2018 VAPHS Outstanding Physician
Jo-Anne Suffoletto is one of a handful of VA physicians whose patient load has more women than men, an oddity in a health care system where the ratio of men to women Veterans is nearly 20 to 1.
Marine Veteran Amanda Carr gives advice to 'Veteran X'Pittsburgh Vets Solving for 'X'
A new program sweeping VAs around the country is changing Veterans lives at VA Pittsburgh. By solving the problems of 'Veteran X' together, Veterans solve each other's problems.
Employees watch the presentation on recreation therapyClasses Show Rec Therapy Benefits
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's recreation therapists held a series of hour-long classes at our University Drive campus in February to show employees how their work helps Veterans at all levels.

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