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VA Pittsburgh Director Karin McGraw (left), Evelyn Zimmerly (center), and Melissa DykstraInaugural I CARE Award Given
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Inaugural I CARE Award goes to Nurse Practitioner Evelyn Zimmerly, whose 200 handwritten cards thanked Veterans of all eras for their service.
Expired medication.24/7 Medication Takeback
Veteran patients can now safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications in designated medication takeback boxes at both VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System locations.
Lori's spouse, Norman Clair, at the memorial honoring his wife at the H.J. Heinz recreation center.Lori Clair Honored
She worked for 23 years logging 9,722 volunteer hours. Over the holidays, Veterans gathered to honor the memory of Lori Clair, who worked diligently for the Veterans she loved.
VA Pittsburgh Nurse Carol Johns and Veteran James Doner share a laugh at the Santa ShopSanta Shop Spreads Cheer to Veterans
Every year at VA Pittsburgh, a special store opens for one day. The local American Legion and auxiliary provide free donated Christmas gifts so every Veteran can have a special holiday.
University of Pittsburgh Theater performers acting out 'Have You Heard the Good News.'Pitt Students Stage Veteran’s Dream Production
A dying Veteran had one last wish - to see a play she wrote 30 years ago be performed. And VA Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh's Theater Department combined to make it happen.
Patient in wheelchair with nurse.What is Catastrophic Disability?
Catastrophic disability is a determination that can help Veterans with specific conditions or disorders receive a higher level of care from VA. Learn more about this important classification.
Photo of typical patient room on 3B with bed. Non lift room.Center’s New Rooms Promote Healing
How do you design a hospital room that makes patients want to get well? Using the Whole Health concept is how. State of the art patient lifts are just part of the story in these attractive and functional rooms.
Counselors are available 24x7, 365 days a year at the Veterans Crisis Line to assist Veterans and their loved ones.Crisis Hotline Documentary
VA Pittsburgh recently screened the film for staff and Veterans as part of the ongoing effort to address Veteran suicide and identify opportunities for VA staff to intercede on behalf of Veterans in crisis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers honored Veterans and their families during the 10th Annual Heroes at Heinz Field celebration.Steelers Honor Post-9/11 Veterans
Pittsburgh Steelers tossed, caught and kicked footballs with approximately 70 Post-9/11 Veterans at Heinz Field during the 10th Annual Heroes at Heinz Field Welcome Home Celebration.
Interior of the van with various telehealth equipment stations.Telehealth Education Van Open to All Sept. 13-14
VA Pittsburgh will host the Telehealth Education Delivered (T.E.D.) van at its Pittsburgh campuses on Sept. 13 and 14. The van has the technology and a trainer to explain how telehealth improves access for Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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