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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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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.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Woman checking a mailboxVeterans Can Now Track Delivery of Prescriptions
A VA employee thought if he could track the delivery of his gifts online, why not make it possible for Veterans to track the delivery of their prescriptions the same way? Now, they can.
Close up of an elderly man's face, standing in front of a treeVeteran Survived the Battle of the Bulge
Seventy years ago this month, stubbornly brave American soldiers fought the Battle of the Bulge. Arthur Berkowitz, 91, was one of them. He recalls the battle and a bullet that later shattered his knee.
A nurse prepares to draw blood from a female VeteranObjective: Help improve health care for Veterans
Over 300,000 Veterans have joined the Million Veteran Program, a partnership between VA and Veterans to establish a database of information which may lead to preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans.
Cartoon of a man showing a presentation on managing stressSeven Ways to Manage Stress during the Holidays
Holidays should be about family, friends and fun. But what about all those demands and deadlines? Here are some tips to help Veterans and their families manage all that stress, now and all year long.
Smoldering navy ship, USS ArizonaUSS Arizona Survivor Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack
Lonnie Cook, 94, is one of nine USS Arizona survivors still living. His plans for a day of liberty in Honolulu came to a halt just before 8:00 on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
Elderly woman in a wheelchair hugs a young womanAt Wyoming VA, No Veteran Dies Alone
Since 2012, volunteers at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming have been spending hours sitting at the bedside of dying Veterans, keeping them company as they near their final journey.
Woman and man talkingGiving Thanks ... with Empathy and Hope
PJ Johnson knows about recovery. She was hit by a car while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. During her rehab, the Veterans she usually helps encouraged her to get better and come back to them.
Close up portrait of Dr. Matthew FriedmanBrain Bank to Help in Treatment of PTSD
A new brain bank in Vermont will help with understanding abnormal brain activity in PTSD and could pave the way for new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of individuals with PTSD.
Male Veteran on a beach inhailing the fresh air.Quit Smoking for Your Health and Breathe Easier
November 20th is the Great American Smokeout. Join the Smokeout by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking that day. Succeed with helpful tips from Dr. Timothy P. Carmody.
Image of a male doctor taking the pulse of a female patient.Just Saying No to Pain Meds
Specialists at the VA in Charleston, South Carolina, have helped more than 400 patients ease off their chronic pain medications. How did they do it? The answer might surprise you.

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