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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Woman receives flu shot from nurse.Flu Shots: More Access, Seamless Documentation
VA partners with Walgreens to expand real-time sharing of medical information of vaccines provided by Walgreens to enrolled Veterans. VA is covering the cost of about 75,000 flu shots.
Volunteers help a Veteran into a VA vanFree Rides for Vets Living in Highly Rural Areas
VA has just made it possible for more of America’s Veterans living in highly rural areas to get free transportation to a VA medical center or other facilities that provide VA care.
Man in uniform stands in a building service entry areaWith a Little Help, a Veteran's Life Transformed
One minute, Army Veteran Robbie Myers was living in a tent. The next, he was winning a nationally-televised cooking competition. His amazing journey began when he walked into a VA Medical Center.
Senior man holds up a tablet with a cartoon character drawn on itDondi gets Flu Shot Along with 96-year-old Creator
96-year-old Veteran Irwin Hasen is the cartoonist who created the famous character Dondi, a war orphan. He recently sketched his famous creation reminding Veterans and VA staff to get their flu shot.
A woman with a sad expression is comforted by a therapist with her hand on the woman's shoulderGo Green for Mental Illness Awareness Week
In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, VA facilities will be sponsoring events designed to educate Veterans, their families and staff on mental health recovery concepts and practices.
Senior woman stands on a scale as a doctor adjusts the balancesSlimming Down Helps with Diabetes & Pre-diabetes
Weight loss in overweight adults with diabetes can improve blood sugar levels, decrease the need for some medications, reduce blood pressure, improve heart function, and improve cholesterol levels.
Two men wearing pink bracelets bump fistsMale Breast Cancer: A Rare Disease, on the Rise
Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for less than one percent of cancers in men and less than one percent of all breast cancer. VA researchers are helping to understand the phenomenon.
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.

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