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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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Flow map of the ideal flowSAVAHCS Conducts First Value Stream Analysis to Im
Last month, a talented group of SAVAHCS staff joined forces to develop and implement a systems-wide strategy to improve inpatient flow and, more important, the patient care experience.
Desert Outreach to Homeless Veterans.SAVAHCS’ Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness
Tucson VA strives to end Veteran homelessness through outreach and community collaboration by end of 2015. One Veteran’s experience reveals the impact security has on our well-being.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Health tech helps a woman getting a mammogramVA Leads the Nation in Breast Cancer Screening
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. VA wants to help Veterans learn more about breast cancer with the helpful tools listed in this story including a Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.
Woman looking at a high heel shoeHigh Heels a Snap With New Prosthetic Foot
Veterans and others who have lost a lower limb and need prosthetic feet have been limited in the footwear they can choose. A VA researcher in Minneapolis and his colleagues aim to change that.
A Veteran and his wife talk to other Veterans in a parkThe Blue Button is Literally a Life Saver
Read how one married couple — both Veterans — use VA’s online Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, all the time and encourage Veterans to sign up and take advantage of its many great features.
A Veteran pats a horse in a stableReining in PTSD with Equestrian Therapy
Veterans participating in the residential treatment program at the Bedford VA, in Massachusetts, are being given a chance to spend a day riding horses, or just walking through a quiet pasture.
Two men secure plywood over a windowBe Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare
Tornados? Floods? Hurricanes? Are you prepared if one of those hit your home? Take advantage of these check lists during National Preparedness Month. Get your family ready for all emergencies.
A disabled woman sits on the back of a golf cart, preparing to swing a clubNational Golf Tournament for Blind Veterans
Annual tournament an opportunity for legally blind and physically disabled Veterans to develop new skills and enhance their self-esteem. Therapeutic format promotes rehabilitation and fellowship.
call center workers consult near a woman taking a callSupport For Vets During Suicide Prevention Month
Help spread the word about VA's mental health resources. We all have the power to take the first step to reach out and see how they're doing.
Four health care workers crowd around a computerQuick-Thinking VA Radiology Team Saves a Veteran's Life
Four members of a VA radiology team at the VA Southern Oregon Rehab Center, White City, Ore., teamed up in early August to provide needed help to an elderly Veteran living alone in a remote rural area.
A man hands his ID to a woman at a deskTwo Forms of ID Now Needed to Request VHIC Card
VA has strengthened the ID requirements to request the new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Enrolled Veterans now will need two forms of ID. See the acceptable ID documents in this story.
A woman shows a man writing on a large padSeeking New Coping Tools for Veterans with TBI
Cognitive rehabilitation researchers are testing new tools and strategies — from smartphone apps to online brain training — to help Veterans cope with the effects of mild traumatic brain injury.

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