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Lucille Lombardo, VAVS Chairperson presents SAVAHCS Director, Jonathan Gardner with a symbolic check representing volunteer and donor contributions for fiscal year 2013.SAVAHCS Volunteers Making a Difference to Veterans
Everyday generous members of the community contribute to making a difference in the lives of southern Arizona Veterans. 1,327 SAVAHCS volunteers donated 144,829 hours to serving Veterans in fiscal year 2014.
The podiatry residents are overseen by full-time VA board certified podiatrists who split their time between patient care, teaching podiatry residents and students, and research.Accredited training programs at SAVAHCS
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System provides training programs for a variety of health disciplines. SAVAHCS has accredited training programs in podiatry, optometry, pharmacy and psychology.
A sample of the Veteran Choice CardVeterans Choice Card, Accessing Community Care
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 changed VA healthcare to help Veterans seeking timely medical care. Southern Arizona Veterans can choose eligible health care providers outside the VA system.
Charis Domador, Connected Warriors CYI, with Chuck Grimes and Dean Halvorsen in Warrior One poseYoga for Veterans- A Choice to Improve Health
Since May of 2013, Veterans at the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System have chosen to get involved in improving their health by participating in Yoga for Veterans classes.
healtheliving assessment sampleWhat’s Your Health Age?
What’s your health age? Take the healtheliving assessment to find out! My HealtheVet’s healtheliving assessment (HLA) can help you find out. The HLA is available 24/7 on the My HealtheVet website.
Using TeleHealthCLINIC-BASED TELEHEALTH SERVICES EXPAND CARE OPTIO
Clinic-based telehealth programs at the SAVAHCS enable the facility to treat more Veterans, decrease hospital admissions and provide options for Veterans to receive specialty care without leaving their home or clinic.
We are listeningProactive, Personalized and Patient Driven Care
Proactive, personalized & patient driven health care is how VA seeks to support positive personal health behaviors. The choices we make when each and every day have a great impact on our overall health and well-being.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Sign in front of the garden with the words the healing ground dedicated July 2012Planting Cabbage on Earth Day in a Healing Ground
Hundreds of Veterans have found a safe haven for dealing with a variety of issues in a Walla Walla VA “Healing Ground” garden. Thinking about things with the “clarity of fresh air.”
Veteran Charles Yeager standing next to his award winning muralVeterans and Medical Centers Celebrate Earth Day
Veterans are seeing green as they join VA Medical Centers across the country in a variety of programs to celebrate Earth Day initiatives that help the planet and create a healing environment.
woman reading labels in the grocery storeDo You Know How Much Salt is in that Soup?
With K-rations, you ate what you got. Today, Veterans can make smart decisions about the food they put in their body. Here’s a quick and easy summary of how to read those Nutrition Facts Labels.
92-year-old volunteer Orville Swett World War II Vet Says Volunteering Keeps Him Alive
Ninety-two-year-old Orville Swett, a retired optician, has been volunteering at the VA eye clinic in Daytona Beach for 25 years. His job? Adjusting glasses for Veterans who visit the clinic.
Volunteer Kay Arnold sitting in a banquet roomDedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades
Volunteering: the ultimate exercise in democracy. We may vote in elections once a year, but when we volunteer, we vote every day for the kind of community we want to live in.
Karen Duddy, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, and Veterans Bill Armstrong  and Olester McNary participate in Doc Talk- a game in which Veterans learn to better communicate with health care providers.How Occupational Therapy Works for You
VA's occupational therapists help Veterans participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and occupations. Read on to learn how they do it.
older couple doing stretching excercisesNational Public Health Week - Five Days to Health
Veterans, how many times do you exercise per week? Immunizations up to date? When was the last time you got tested for HIV? Here's VA's “Five Days to Health” challenge to help build a healthier you.
A psychologist counsels a coupleGoal: Satisfying Sexual Relationship
Many Veterans struggle with sexuality in their relationships. Two VA psychologists assert that a satisfying sexual relationship strengthens the whole family and it needs to be addressed.
veterans participating in downhill skiing Winter Clinic World-Leader in Adaptive Sports
VA's annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has significantly changed the lives of thousands of disabled Veterans, reminding them of the wonder life still has to offer.
person grabbing a door handle for entryRehab Veterans volunteer for four-week lock down
Unique approach to rehab. At the Topeka VA, a new voluntary alcohol and drug rehab program called 'Fresh Start' requires patients to commit to 30 days of intense therapy in a locked unit.

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