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SAVAHCS Press News Releases


2014

Tucson VA Legionella Test Results - Legionella is present in natural and artificial water environments worldwide. Person-to-person transmission of Legionella disease does not occur. The Tucson VA conducts quarterly Legionella tests by drawing water samples from at least 10 outlets on the hot water distribution system and at least 10 outlets on the cold water distribution system from inpatient hospital areas. Once collected, water samples are processed by Phigenics Analytics Services Laboratory who is certified to conduct the Legionella testing. (10/08/2014)
The Tucson VA's Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence! - The Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center (SWBRC) proudly celebrates 20 years of excellence in providing blind rehabilitation services to our nations visually impaired Veterans and active-duty service members. The mission of the SWBRC is to enhance the quality of life for Veterans with vision loss through participation in a comprehensive, Veteran-centered and individualized blind rehabilitation program, so they may successfully reintegrate back into their community and family environments. (10/02/2014)
Tucson VAMC Receives New 12-Passenger VAN from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) - The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is donating a new 12-passenger van to the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony on October 6, 2014 at 12 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Tucson VA, 3601 S. 6th Ave in front of building 1. (10/01/2014)
8th ANNUAL SOUTHERN ARIZONA GATHERING OF AMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS - The Coalition of American Indian Veterans, which includes the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), Indian Health Service, and the Tucson Indian Center, along with Tribal Veterans Organizations, is hosting the 8th Annual Gathering of American Indian Veterans. The event will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Desert Diamond Casino, located at 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, Arizona from 9:00am – 3:00pm. (09/16/2014)
Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Education and Treatment Face-to-Face Conference Hosted by SAVAHCS - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) and Community Agencies will be hosting a face-to-face conference to discuss suicide prevention. The conference will be held on Thursday – September 18, 2014, at 3601 S. 6th Ave, Tucson Arizona from 1:00 pm – 4:00pm in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4. (09/12/2014)
Veterans Programs Offered at the 2014 Santa Cruz County Career and Community Expo - Veterans and all job seekers, bring your resumes and dress for success as over 75 employers, community resource organizations, and Veteran resource agencies from southeastern Arizona are scheduled to participate in this major event. Job search assistance and access to online job listings will be available. Also, learn more about the Tucson VA programs and services, the Tucson Vet Center, health care, child care, safety, nutrition, education, and much more! (09/10/2014)
POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony - Please join us to recognize these brave men and women at the POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony on Friday, September 19th at 10:00 am in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4. (09/10/2014)
The SAVAHCS To Co-Host Arizona Military/Veteran Women’s Health & Knowledge Fair - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be co-hosting an Arizona Military/Veteran Women’s Health and Knowledge Fair. The Women’s Health and Knowledge Fair will be held on Saturday – September 27, 2014, at 3601 S. 6th Ave, Tucson Arizona from 9:00am – 2:00pm in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4. (09/10/2014)
3,000 American Flags Placed to Remember Those Lost on 9/11 - TUCSON, AZ – The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will recognize and remember the tragedy of 9/11 by placing 3,000 American flags along the 6th Avenue fence near the VA Medical Center entrance. (09/08/2014)
Suicide Prevention Month - TUCSON, AZ – One small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member in crisis. That’s the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) message this September in observance of Suicide Prevention Month. (09/02/2014)
Tucson VA Opens New Safford Community Based Outpatient Clinic - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is opening the new Safford VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. The new clinic location will accommodate Veterans in the Safford/Thatcher, Clifton, Southeastern Arizona and western New Mexico area with high quality health care for enrolled Veterans and future Veterans living in those areas who are eligible for VA health care. The new Clinic has a total of 2,836 sq. feet which is 932 sq. ft. larger than the former facility. (08/13/2014)
VA Funds Arizona Agencies in Battle to End Homelessness - Tucson, Arizona – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced today the award of $ 8,263,894 in homeless prevention grants to the Arizona counties of: Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and Yavapai, and the Indian Reservations of San Carlos Apache, Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui and the Indian Nations of Coconino and Yavapai, Navajo and Hopi, and Yavapai-Apache. The grants will serve approximately 2,095 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. (08/12/2014)
Secretary McDonald Announces Town Hall Events at Veterans’ - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has directed all Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events by the end of September to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide. (08/06/2014)
FOUR CHAPLAIN MEMORIAL SERVICE - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is pleased to announce that they will again be participating in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee (VAC) annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service, Scheduled for Sunday – February 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., at the Kino Veterans Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way. This park is located across from the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. (01/23/2014)

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2013

THE TUCSON GARDEN RAILWAY SOCIETY - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will be hosting the Tucson Garden Railway Society of Tucson during the holiday season. Numerous operational train displays will be set-up in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Building 4 for patients, employees, volunteers, families, children, and especially the young at heart. The train show will be held on Friday- December 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday – December 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the viewing public. The show will feature the earliest model trains to modern trains running on our Nation’s tracks today. (11/27/2013)
TUCSON ELECTRIC POWER HELPING EXPECTANT WOMEN VETERANS - Tucson, AZ –Tucson Electric Power (TEP), as part of their “Days of Caring” program, will be stuffing 20 baby car seats with new baby items. All items will be given to expectant women enrolled in the Veterans Women’s Wellness Program. The car seats will be presented to expectant moms at a special “Baby Shower” at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) on Saturday – October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium. (10/22/2013)
7TH ANNUAL 2013 VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION EVENT - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will be hosting and joining the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA); VA Regional Office; VA Vet Center; National, State, and local Veterans service organizations for the 7th Annual “2013 Veterans Day Celebration Event.” The event will be Saturday – November 9, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the VA Medical Center (Sports Park) at 3601 South Sixth Avenue, Tucson, Arizona. (08/14/2013)
VETERAN WOMEN’S HEALTH AND KNOWLEDGE FAIR - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be co-hosting an Arizona Military/Veteran Women’s Health and Knowledge Fair on Saturday – August 17, 2013 at the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 3601 South Sixth Avenue, Tucson, Arizona. (08/12/2013)
Gathering of American Indian Veterans on September 22, 2013 - Tucson, AZ – The Coalition of American Indian Veterans, which includes the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), Indian Health Service, and the Tucson Indian Center, along with Tribal Veterans Organizations, is hosting the 7th Annual Gathering of American Indian Veterans. The event will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Casino Del Sol Conference Center “Indoors” at 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (07/31/2013)
$300 Milion in Grants To Help End Veterans' Homelessness - WASHINGTON D.C. – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced on Thursday, July 11 the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. (07/31/2013)
SAVAHCS COMMITTED TO EQUAL CARE FOR LGBT PATIENTS - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is one of 121 of the nation’s 151 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers participating in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). SAVAHCS was been awarded Equality Leader status in the HEI 2013, welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veteran patients who have served their country in continuing to provide them with high quality health care. (07/31/2013)
SAVAHCS Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony - Tucson, AZ – The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will be hosting and inviting patients, staff, visitors, and guests to the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 30th in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in Building 4 at 10:00 a.m. The Keynote Speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Eric Kendle, M.D., Assistant Chief of Surgery for SAVAHCS, and also a Colonel assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters Arizona, of the Air National Guard. Dr. Kendle has had two previous assignments in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (05/29/2013)
VA UNDER SECRETARY TO PRESENT THE ROBERT W. CAREY TROPHY AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE TO SAVAHCS - Tucson, AZ – On Thursday, May 16, the VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel, M.D. will be presenting to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System Director the prestigious 2012 Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence trophy award. The ceremony will take place at the medical center Rose Garden at 3601 South Sixth Avenue, the public is invited to attend. (05/08/2013)

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