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VA Stories of Note: January 4 – January 11, 2018

Wayne Post (Canandaigua, New York), Jan. 8: 

New living center celebrated at Bath VA.  A new $7 million Community Living Neighborhood was celebrated Monday at the Bath VA Medical Center. The renovation project four years in the making provides residents with homey, modern features along with added conveniences and privacy. The new digs are available to veterans throughout the Greater Rochester area and Southern Tier.

The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), Jan. 7: 

VA hospitals, clinics and services open during government shutdown.  Hospitals, clinics and all services provided to veterans in Oregon and southwest Washington aren’t affected by the government shutdown. We are funded on a two-year-cycle,” said Dan Herrigstad affairs spokesman for Portland’s VA Health Care System.

Newsday (Melville, New York), Jan. 7: 

Riverhead VA clinic services expanded.  Veterans on Long Island's East End now have more medical services closer to them with an expansion of the VA clinic in Riverhead. The expansion increased the number of primary care physicians at the clinic from two to three, added an audiology facility for hearing exams, installed a new physical therapy suite, and increased some clinic hours, said Dr. Cathy Cruise, the acting director of the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Northport.

Columbia Missourian (Columbia, Missouri), Jan. 6: 

Leading the Way to High Reliability: Truman VA first to complete ‘Hospital of the Future’ project.  In January 2016, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO, began an unprecedented journey to becoming a high reliability organization (HRO). At that time, Truman VA became the first Veterans hospital in the country to formally collaborate with the VA National Center for Patient Safety as part of the “Hospital of the Future” project. 

Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Jan. 5: Letter to the Editor: 

VA has provided top-notch care for decades. This is regarding Stacy Tettemer's letter complaining about the Veterans Affairs clinic in Tulsa and the hospital in Muskogee mishandling a request for shoulder pain relief for several days ("Veteran complains of pain without relief," Dec. 27).

Penn State News, (University Park, Pa.), Jan. 8:

Penn State joins national effort to graduate more veterans.  Penn State has joined 30 other higher education institutions in a commitment to graduating more military veterans as a part of the American Talent Initiative (ATI). ATI and its member college and universities have pledged to graduate an additional 50,000 low- and moderate-income students by 2025. In mid-November, ATI members joined with other higher education, military and veteran organizations to place a special emphasis on veterans during a meeting on Nov. 14 in Arlington, Virginia.

KGTV/ABC-10 (San Diego), Jan. 7: 

Refinance loan programs targeted to vets; what to look out for when the ads are appealing. They feature deals for vets to refinance their homes and cash out on the equity. However, home and refinance loan programs targeted towards military veterans can be a benefit or a headache, depending on the lender. John Bell, advisor for the Veterans Affairs Administration in D.C. says there are many reasons why vets can take advantage of borrowing cash against their home.

Health Data Management (Chicago), Jan. 7: 

Senate confirms James Gfrerer as VA CIO; will oversee EHR transition.  The U.S. Senate has confirmed the Trump administration’s nominee for the position of chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. James Gfrerer will oversee the implementation of the VA’s IT systems. He served for more than two decades in the Marine Corps and was a Department of Defense detailed to the State Department, where he led interagency portfolios in counterterrorism and cybersecurity.

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