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El Paso VA Health Care System

Local Features

Rudy Melendez, Maintenance Technician, working on a control panelContinuing to Serve
“An honorable career”, says Army Veteran Rudy Melendez who works as a Maintenance Technician for the El Paso VA Health Care System (VAHCS) of his opportunity to work serving fellow Veterans.
Doctor Gordon BlackDr. Black ages gratefully among his peers
Born July 6, 1919 in Pecos, Texas, Dr. Gordon Black is a legend in the halls of the El Paso VA. At nearly 97 years of age, Black still serves Veterans working one day a week in the Radiology Department.
Culberson shares her passion for women’s health.Serving Women Veterans
Jo Ann Culberson, BSN, RN Women Veterans Program Manager, talks about the VA Women’s Health Clinic. Culberson has worked with women Veterans at El Paso VA Health Care System for five years.
David Strickland serving up popcornVolunteer
David Strickland, formerly Staff Sergeant Strickland, is hailed as Popcorn Man at El Paso VA and sometimes in the aisles of the commissary on Fort Bliss. Strickland began volunteering with the El Paso VA in 2009.
college students in lectureTomorrow's Providers
Emilia Campos, PhD, ABPP is enthusiastic about the skills the next generation of mental health providers are developing during internships, practicums and on-the-job training at the El Paso VA Health Care System.
Identification "Dog" TagsMilitary Sexual Trauma
The VA defines Military Sexual Trauma as psychological trauma caused by physical assault or battery of a sexual nature which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty or training.
List of healthy resolutions for the New YearProactive Health
The beginning of a new year is typically the time that we decide to shed old habits and make a fresh start. We make resolutions, share our goals with family and friends and hope for the best.
EPVAHCS volunteer, Moses Dado, guides a Veteran through the information available on www.myhealthevet.va.govMHV Gives Access and Info
“Informative, convenient and easy to use”, is how Veteran, John Conlon describes MyHealtheVet. Conlon signed up for the online resource five years ago and has been a devoted user ever since.
Patient sees provider on monitorTelehealth
Telehealth is the use of technology to facilitate medical care. Nationwide, there is a growing movement to utilize this means to provide care for patients, and the VA has been at the forefront.
Clockwise; Sandra Blackburn, Melanie Fraim and Miguel DiazVeteran Centered Care
“Making sure that the well-being of our Veterans and their families is the primary focus of what we do daily,” is how Elvia Franco describes Veteran Centered Care. Franco leads the Veteran Centered Care Committee.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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