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VA Pittsburgh Announces Outstanding Physicians for 2018 - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System recognized an oncologist and an internist as Outstanding Physicians of the Year for 2018. Oncologist Dr. Sandra Blakowski and internist Dr. Jo-Anne Suffoletto have more than 40 years’ combined service caring for Veterans in western Pennsylvania. (05/14/2018)

VA Pittsburgh Study on Dual Use of Health Systems Nets Best Research Paper - VA’s Health Services Research and Development arm named VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System researcher Joshua Thorpe’s study "Dual Health Care System Use and High-Risk Prescribing in Patients with Dementia" as one of two of the best research papers of 2017. (01/29/2018)

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VA Research Prompts Changes to Angiograms for All Patients at Risk for Kidney Injury - Research presented to members of the American Heart Association Sunday by VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System nephrologist Steven Weisbord, M.D., will change the way doctors perform angiograms for patients at risk for kidney injury. (11/16/2017)

VA Celebrates Veterans Day Every Day in November - In recognition of Veterans Day 2017, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will host or participate in events to honor veterans through November, starting with a ceremonial flag raising on Nov. 1 and culminating with a resource fair later in the month. (10/31/2017)

Partnership for Public Service Honors VAPHS/Pitt Researcher with ‘Oscar’ of Government Service - The Partnership for Public Service will honor Rory Cooper, Ph.D., research scientist at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and professor at the University of Pittsburgh, with a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammie) on Sept. 27 for his work as director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL). (09/22/2017)

VA Pittsburgh Receives National Award for Achievements in Sustainability - In recognition of its successful programs to reduce its environmental impact, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System was named an honoree in Practice Greenhealth's 2017 Partner for Change and Emerald awards. (05/18/2017)

Lower Medication Copays Now in Effect for Veterans - Veterans using VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s outpatient pharmacy who have copays for their medication will most likely see a reduction in monthly and annual costs. (02/28/2017)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Issues Water Restrictions at University Drive Location - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has issued water restrictions for portions of its University Drive campus. Water restrictions are in place due to water testing for Legionella bacteria. (01/28/2017)

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Modern Medicine taps 8,500+ Pittsburgh Veterans to Share Genetics, Lifestyle Data - Over the past five years, more than 8,500 Pittsburgh-area Veterans have signed on to be a part of the Million Veteran Program (MVP). (11/22/2016)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Veterans Town Hall - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is hosting a Veterans town hall and resource fair on Friday, March 18. (03/14/2016)

New VA Pittsburgh Director Focused on Working with Veterans for Improvement - New VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Karin McGraw is passionate about caring for Veterans, as evidenced by her 36 years of VA service. (01/12/2016)

VA Pittsburgh December Surgery Numbers Set Record - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's surgical team logged over 600 hours of extra time caring for Veterans during December. (01/12/2016)

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VA Pittsburgh Temporarily Halts Patient Care on one Intensive Care Unit - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System technicians identified mold during routine maintenance on a portion of an HVAC system that serves an intensive care unit on the medical center's University Drive campus. (12/07/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Veterans Town Hall - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is hosting a Veterans town hall on Friday, Dec. 11. (12/03/2015)

Veteran Tests Positive for Tuberculosis - VA Pittsburgh care teams recently diagnosed a Veteran with tuberculosis. Since September, this Veteran visited both a VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Beaver County, Pa., and VA Pittsburgh's University Drive campus in Oakland. (12/02/2015)

Dr. Timothy Burke Appointed Interim Director - Effective Sunday, Nov. 1, Dr. Timothy Burke will assume the role of interim director at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. (10/22/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is hosting a "Summer of Service" Veterans town hall and resource fair at the H.J. Heinz campus in O'Hara Township on Friday, June 26. (06/16/2015)

Medical Records Sharing Partnership Completes Phase I - In an effort to provide Veterans with more comprehensive care, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now view electronic patient records with select health care providers across the region. (06/08/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Behavioral Health Provides Options For Region's Veterans - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System operates one of the busiest and most comprehensive behavioral health programs in the VA system and serves as a regional center of excellence for Veteran-focused mental health care. (05/21/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Celebrating Research Week May 18-22 - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will celebrate National VA Research Week May 18-22 at its University Drive campus in Oakland. VA Research Week celebrates the achievements of VA researchers in providing high quality care for Veterans and advancing medical science. (05/18/2015)

Connecting with Women Veterans During Women's History Month - In recognition of Women's History Month, we'd like to invite female veterans who live in the extended Pittsburgh area to learn more about VA care. (03/19/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Veterans Town Hall and Resource Fair - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is hosting a Veterans town hall and resource fair at the health care system's University Drive campus on Friday, March 6. (02/24/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Open House to Salute Veteran Patients - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System invites the public to its two main patient care campuses on Feb. 12 and 13 as part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients week. (02/09/2015)

New Patient Safety Center Evaluates Medical Products for National Use - The Department of Veterans Affairs has established the new Center for Medical Product End-user Testing at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The center is responsible for evaluating medical products before they are purchased and used to treat Veterans at VA medical facilities across the country. (01/30/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Researcher Confirms New Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease - Physicians should include pneumonia as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers at VA Pittsburgh Health Care System and the University of Pittsburgh. (01/20/2015)

VA Pittsburgh Physician named Governor-Elect of American College of Cardiology Regional Chapter - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System cardiologist Dr. Suresh Mulukutla has been selected as the 2015 Governor-Elect of the American College of Cardiology Western Pennsylvania chapter. (01/06/2015)

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VA Pittsburgh Names New Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention Leads - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has tapped two physicians, Chief of Infectious Diseases Cornelius Clancy and Director of Infection Prevention Brooke Decker, to guide its infectious disease and prevention program. (12/08/2014)

Pittsburgh Fisher House Celebrates Second Anniversary with Holiday Open House - Pittsburgh Fisher House will celebrate its second anniversary during a holiday open house on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. (12/03/2014)

Veterans Town Hall Event - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the Veterans Benefits Administration Pittsburgh Regional Office are hosting a Veterans town hall at the health care system's University Drive campus from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. (12/02/2014)

VA Pittsburgh research center receives $3.4M for studies to improve Veteran care - Research into veteran care recently received a boost as researchers received $3.4 million for three separate studies. VA Pittsburgh's Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion is conducting the studies, which were funded by VA Health Services Research and Development Service. (11/18/2014)

Regional Anesthesia and Day Surgery Nursing Team Wins Fine Foundation Award - A program that substitutes regional for general anesthesia to reduce post-operative pain and complications led to a Platinum Fine Foundation Award for VA Pittsburgh last week. (11/17/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Pain Management Program Receives International Accreditation - VA Pittsburgh's Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program, in place since 2013, recently received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International, a non-profit independent health and human services accrediting organization. (10/29/2014)

VA Researcher's Substance Use Editorial Most Downloaded In 2014 - VA researcher Lauren Broyles and two VA colleagues received Substance Abuse journal's publisher award for the most downloaded manuscript of 2014 for their June editorial on substance use and treatment language. (10/21/2014)

VA Study: Pre-Surgical Palliative Care Benefits Frail Patients - Frail patients who receive palliative care prior to elective surgery live longer while reporting fewer symptoms, according to new research conducted by investigators from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (10/15/2014)

Successful Completion of Emergency Power Test at H.J. Heinz Campus - VA Pittsburgh successfully completed a four-hour test of its emergency power system at the H.J. Heinz campus. The healthcare system did not experience any issues during the test. (10/07/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Announces Test of Emergency Power System at H.J. Heinz Campus - VA Pittsburgh will conduct a test of its emergency power system at its H.J. Heinz campus from 6-10 a.m. on Oct 7. (10/06/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Announces Veterans' Town Hall - VA Pittsburgh will host a Veterans town hall at its University Drive campus from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. (09/11/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Partners with Community Providers to Improve Access - VA Pittsburgh is partnering with community providers to provide rapid access for Veterans seeking non-critical specialty care. (08/28/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Physicians Lead Study of Depression and Pain in Patients on Dialysis - A new study of patients on dialysis examines the association over time between depression and pain and the likelihood that patients will not complete their dialysis treatments as recommended and will experience various negative health outcomes. (08/01/2014)

JAMA Psychiatry Includes VA Research Study - A study published today in JAMA Psychiatry finds that men who joined the military in the post-draft era (after 1973) are more likely to report that they experienced a variety of potentially traumatic childhood events than men in the general population. (07/23/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Rehab R&D Center of Excellence Renewed - A VA center of excellence that focuses on research to improve wheelchairs and related technologies will continue its innovative work for the next five years. (07/07/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Serving Today's Female Veterans - Here are a few facts about the care that VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System provides female Veterans. (06/24/2014)

VA Pittsburgh Connects Local Veterans With Timely Primary Care - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is aggressively contacting all newly enrolled Veterans to schedule a primary care appointment at the Veteran's convenience. (05/29/2014)

Fisher House Celebrates a Year of Service - Congressmen team up with a football legend to recognize VA Pittsburgh Fisher House staff and volunteers. (05/17/2014)

VA Pittsburgh to Host Fisher House Open House - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Fisher House invites the general public to visit, tour and learn more about the Pittsburgh Fisher House. (05/05/2014)

Veterans Job Fair - The March 25 job fair will involve on-the-spot interviews, pre-screening steps and tentative job offers to eligible Veterans. (03/14/2014)

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Toys for Troops - VA Pittsburgh to host event sponsored by Operation Once in a Lifetime that provides free gifts to children of Veterans. (12/16/2013)

VA's Commitment to Patient Safety - On Sept. 9, a panel of VA leaders testified at a House Committee on Veterans Affairs field hearing in Pittsburgh. The hearing was held to examine the efforts VA is taking to enhance patient safety and provide Veterans with the quality health care they deserve. (09/10/2013)

VA Pittsburgh Selects First Two Simulation Education Fellows - Dr. JoAnne Suffoletto, medical director of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Simulation Center, announced the selection of Kathy Wilt, RN, Ph.D., and Marianne Burda, M.D., Ph.D., as the first class of simulation fellows. (08/14/2013)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Shares Knowledge To Improve Public Health - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and others to unite forces against the potentially-lethal threat of Legionella throughout the region. (06/21/2013)

VA Pittsburgh Fisher House Receives Generous $50,000 Donation - Local football hero chooses Pittsburgh Fisher House to receive North America Prospect Expo's generous contribution. (04/13/2013)

VA Pittsburgh to Dedicate Innovative MyHome Facility - VA Pittsburgh will unveil the new rehabilitation facility, MyHome on Wednesday Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., at the Heinz campus in Aspinwall. (02/13/2013)

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VA Pittsburgh Earns Prestigious Award from the American Heart Association - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has earned the distinction of being the only VA medical facility in the country to receive the prestigious Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. (12/20/2012)

VA Announces Grant in Pittsburgh to Help End Veteran Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the award of a $922,961 grant to Pittsburgh-based community agency Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. The grant will help VLP serve approximately 380 participant households in southwestern Pennsylvania. VLP is one of 151 community agencies in 49 states and the District of Columbia to receive a grant. (07/17/2012)

David P. Cord Named New Deputy Director - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) announced recently that David P. Cord was named deputy director and assumed the post on June 4, 2012. (06/15/2012)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Tailors Plan to Expand Mental Health Staff - Recruitment is underway to hire an estimated 35 clinicians and 7 administrative personnel to support the mental health operations at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. (06/12/2012)

VA Pittsburgh Dedicates New Patient Care Building - A formal dedication ceremony for the new $75.8 million Consolidation Building will be held Wednesday, May 2 at 11 a.m. in VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's University Drive main lobby. (05/01/2012)

VA Launches Million Veteran Program Genetic Study - The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System now operates as one of 40 current VA medical centers to be chosen to participate in the Million Veteran Program. (03/01/2012)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Invites Community To Salute Veterans - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System invites the public to participate in open-house activities Feb. 12-18 during the National Salute to Veteran Patients. (01/20/2012)

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VA Pittsburgh Researcher Honored For Addiction Work - Nationally recognized nursing researcher and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System employee Dr. Lauren Matukaitis Broyles was honored for her outstanding contributions to research on addictions nursing by the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). (11/03/2011)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System 'Has a Heart' - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) has received the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure. (10/31/2011)

New PSA Aimed At Veterans In Crisis - The "Waking Up" PSA aims to raise awareness of the Veterans Crisis Line, a free crisis line and online chat that offers all Veterans and their families confidential support—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. (10/31/2011)

VA Pittsburgh To Break Ground For Fisher House Tuesday - VA Pittsburgh will break ground Tuesday, October 25 for a new Fisher House, a facility that allows the families of Veterans to stay close to their loved ones during their treatment. (10/24/2011)

Local VA Director Recognized for Innovation in Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recognized Terry Gerigk Wolf, FACHE, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) director and CEO, with the "Second Annual Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award" at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. (10/24/2011)

New Research Facility Breaking Ground Monday - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) officially breaks ground for its new research office building with a ceremony at the building site on the University Drive campus, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. (09/23/2011)

VA Pittsburgh Opens New Doors For Innovative Research - The dedication of the new location of VA Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL) at 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400 (Bakery Square) in Pittsburgh begins at 3 p.m. Monday Aug. 1, on the fourth floor Clinical Research Laboratory. (07/28/2011)

VA to Take Applications for New Caregiver Program - On Tuesday, staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the interim final rule for implementing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. (05/05/2011)

Veterans Affairs Celebrates Research - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will celebrate National VA Research Week May 2-6, 2011. (04/29/2011)

New Medical Leader for Local Veterans Health Care - Ali Sonel, M.D., was recently selected to serve as the chief medical officer for VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. (04/27/2011)

Local Company To Build Veterans' Research Office Building - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected P.J. Dick Incorporated, headquartered in West Mifflin, Pa., to build a research office building at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's University Drive Division in Oakland, Pa. (04/22/2011)

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VA Pittsburgh Awarded for Exemplary Programs - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's renal dialysis and heart failure treatment programs were recently recognized for excellence by two separate independent organizations. (11/30/2010)

VA Tallies Recovery Act Funding - As Federal agencies begin to plan projects submitted at the July 31 deadline to commit funds obtained through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has tallied its total allocation - more than $11 million - and is beginning to complete three projects. (08/18/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care - The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has honored VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) with a 2010 Achievement Award. VAPHS was among 17 winners and 134 entrants selected for the award, which recognizes hospital and health care system best practices in the state of Pennsylvania. (08/04/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Director Recognized for Advancing Nursing Programs - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki recognized Terry Gerigk Wolf, FACHE, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) director, with the "Secretary's Award for the Advancement of Nursing Programs" at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. (06/30/2010)

New Program Helps Veterans Communicate Following Stroke - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is accepting applications from Veterans for a unique, intensive 23-day residential aphasia treatment program. (06/25/2010)

Local VA Receives $3.6 Million for Veterans Engineering Resource Center - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) received a three-year, $3.6 million award to streamline the delivery of health care services to local Veterans by establishing the Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC). (05/10/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to Host Clothesline Project - VAPHS will host a "Clothesline Project" on Friday, April 16 for Veterans, staff and local community organizations to raise awareness of military sexual trauma (MST), sexual assault and abuse. (04/13/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Honors Two Outstanding Physicians - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has named two physicians - Dr. Alaa Shalaby, a cardiologist, and Dr. Mohan Ramkumar, a nephrologist - outstanding physicians of the year. (03/31/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Hosts Air Rifle Clinic - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is offering area Veterans the chance to hone their skills at shooting in a prone position. (03/12/2010)

VA Pittsburgh Invites Community to Salute Veterans - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is asking all community members to visit their facilities this week to honor Veterans and learn more about VA Pittsburgh's volunteer programs during the National Salute to Veteran Patients. (02/22/2010)

VA Researcher Co-edits Momentous Textbook - Rory Cooper, Ph.D., founding director of the Human Engineering Resource Laboratory (HERL) at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and VA senior research career scientist co-edited a recently released textbook that provides a significant update to the field of rehabilitation. (02/22/2010)

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