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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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Local Features

Mental Health RPIW ParticipantsRacing for the Gold Standard: Mental Health Open
The Mental Health Care Line organized a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW) to implement a new process designed to improve a Veteran’s access to care. Using the VA TAMMCS model.
Gavel for court proceedingsServing Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
Veterans in the Criminal Justice System: The Southern Arizona VA and the Regional Municipal Veteran’s Treatment Court collaborate to serve over 400 Veterans to legal services.
Volunteers visit hospitalized Veterans at SAVAHCSSAVAHCS Volunteers – Making a Difference
In fiscal year 2013, one thousand three hundred and fifty-eight volunteers donated their time to serving Veterans at the SAVAHCS. Making a difference in the lives of Veterans, and their families.
Listening to  the Veterans in Tucson, ArizonaWeaving Veteran Voices into Care Delivery
The Patient Feedback Program helps us listen and respond to the feedback from our Veterans. Quicker responses to call bells, food choices and quiet times are a few of the improvements made.
SAVAHCS Employees training on Ceiling LiftThe VHA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program
The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program is an innovative approach to provide daily care for our Veterans, which puts patient and staff safety first. Read more to learn about our program.
A visual exam on a regular basis may help to keep you seeing clearly for years to come.Tips for Staying Healthy
Healthy tips are only tips if you do not use them. Make a decision to see your provider for your annual check-up and work our healthy tips into your life. Eat wisely, get enough sleep, exercise.
A Veteran and his wife work on some food model activities during a class.MOVE! Helps Veterans Lose Weight & Improve Health
Losing weight is not easy, but MOVE! can help. A nationally developed program to help Veterans teaches knowledge and skills to eat healthier, move more and provides the support you need to stick with it.
Veteran using VHLKeeping the Promise: Access to Health Care via My
The My HealtheVet (MHV) program (www.myhealth.va.gov) is one shining example of how technology can improve the exchange of information and actively engage patients in their health care anywhere, anytime.
The Rural Health Care Coordination Center at Casa Grande, AZCare Coordination Centers Serve Rural Veterans
SAVAHCS continues to expand rural health care services to eligible Veterans in southern Arizona. We now have three Rural Health Care Coordination Centers in southeastern, southwestern, and south-central Arizona.
A Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt hangs in the Mammography room at SAVAHCS.Women’s Health - You Can Make a Difference
October 2013, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is the time to Celebrate Life! Celebrate Survival! To honor those who have lost the battle but are not forgotten! To continue fighting for a cure!

From the Veterans Health Administration

A man with a stern look has his boxing gloves laced upFighting is My Meditation
After serving in the Army, mixed martial arts fighter Joe Duarte found his world spinning out of control. After VA PTSD therapy, he now finds peace at home and in the ring.
A woman hiker wearing sunglasses smilesSummer Reminder: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes
Veterans should be cautious and protect their eyes from the sun. Good quality sunglasses are recommended when outdoors, even if it’s for a few minutes at a time.
Woman looks at her smile in a mirror being held by a dentist10 of the Stories Most Read by Vets on VA Web Site
The web site for the Veterans Health Administration is a helpful gateway to numerous resources for Veterans and their families. Here are just a few of the most popular features posted this past year.
Back of a mobile health clinic showing a door and wheelchair liftVA Health Care System Named Most Wired - Again!
For the second year in a row, VA has been named to the 2014 “Most Wired” hospitals list, a national survey ranking hospitals leveraging health information technology in new and innovative ways.
A woman talks to a man in an officeNurse Navigator Simplifies the Maze for Patients
Hospitals can be a maze. That’s why Joan Stewart and Debera Charlton are amazing. The Nurse Navigator steer patients through the treatment systems at Montana’s VA Medical Center.
A smiling girl with a US flagVA Hosts July 4th Ceremonies for Veterans
Hundreds of VA employees and volunteers at VA Medical Centers across the country spend their July 4th holiday hosting special events for the men and women we serve — America’s Veterans.
A senior man in a swimming pool smilesSenior Veterans Going for the Gold - One More Time
Hundreds of Veterans are heading to the Ozark Mountains for the Golden Age Games, designed to improve the quality of life for older Veterans with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
Close up of a woman with an angry expressionI Cannot Be This Person
Finding it hard to be home alone or feel comfortable in public places, Laura Hendrixon is determined to get better for her family and her career.
A nurse and Veteran talk with a physician through a video conferenceConnecting Veterans with Telehealth
The relationship between patients and the health care system will dramatically change with telehealth. High levels of patient satisfaction and positive outcomes say this is the right direction.
A doctor places electrodes on the head of a manBrain's 'Error Messages' May Hold PTSD Clue
VA researchers are looking at how Veterans with PTSD react to their own mistakes. The results could reveal clues as to why some Veterans are more resilient to traumatic events.

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