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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

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New hybrid operating room opens at Minneapolis VA medical centerHybrid Operating Room Opens at Minneapolis VA
A new hybrid operating room suite is opening January 2017 at the Minneapolis VA medical center. This allows for shorter lengths of stay and quicker recovery times for the Veteran population.
Minneapolis VA: A 5-Star FacilityMinneapolis VA: A 5-Star Facility
For five years in a row, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System has maintained a five-star rating based on 28 measures in areas such as length of stay and customer satisfaction.
Cochlear Implants Now Offered To Minneapolis VA Patients with Profound Hearing LossCochlear Implants Now Offered at Minneapolis VA
Earlier this year, the Veterans Health Administration’s National Surgery Office approved a cochlear implant program at the Minneapolis VA. Only about 40 programs exist in the VA system, the closest being Iowa City.
Minneapolis VA Offers Same Day Services For Veterans ‘When They Need It’Minneapolis VA Offers Veterans Same Day Services
The Minneapolis VA Medical Center has announced “same day service” for Veterans when they need it in primary care and mental health clinic. This is part of a nationwide effort to improve the Veteran experience.
Minneapolis VA women’s program held their first annual Baby Reunion Picnic on Oct. 8 at the medical center.Minneapolis VA Hosts Its First ‘Baby Reunion’
To celebrate the “baby boom,” Minneapolis VA women’s program, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, hosted the first annual Baby Reunion Picnic on Oct. 8 at the medical center.
Minneapolis VA prosthetics staff working with a VeteranStrengthening Veterans Quality of Life
“We are here to serve Veterans and make a positive difference in their lives and that is what keeps us coming to work each day with a smile on our face,” said Lisa Curnes, Acting VISN 23 Prosthetic Manager.
Effective November 1, all YMCAs in Minnesota will waive the joiner’s fee for Veterans and their families.YMCA Waives Joiner's Fee for Veterans and Families
Effective November 1, all YMCAs in Minnesota will waive the joiner’s fee for Veterans and their families. The fee waiver applies to all Minnesota Veterans, including those who are not receiving VA benefits.
WATCHMAN implant (courtesy of Boston Scientific)Minneapolis First VA to Perform WATCHMAN Implant
A cardiologist team at the Minneapolis VA has performed the first WATCHMAN implant in the Veterans Health Administration. The procedure treats Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia.
Sept. 26, 2016, Patrick Kelly, director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, answers Veteran's questions at the Mankato Town Hall.Mankato Veterans Town Hall Draws Crowd
The majority of comments were directed at the operation of the Lyle C. Pearson Community Clinic in Mankato, operated by Sterling Medical of Cincinnati, Ohio, under a VA contract.
Minneapolis VA Medical Center's new Surgery Center (VA photo by April Eilers)Minneapolis VA Opens New Surgery Center
Minneapolis VA Medical Center opened a new state-of-the-art Surgery Center adjacent to the operating room suites, expanding to over 7,000 square footage of patient care space.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Lead Yoga Therapist Nancy Schalk.Can Yoga Ease Your PTSD? VA Wants to Find Out
A clinical research psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana is exploring the effects Yoga might have on Veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Concert, band playing on the stageVA's National Salute to Veteran Patients
Concerts, Valentines, and a lot of Americans saying Thank You, all part of VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients. Along with a chance for you to learn how you can volunteer to help our heroes.
Image of a Veteran holding a small rock.  A Journey to Vietnam, and Reconciliation
In December 2016 a group of Veterans along with VA providers and academics from around the country met in Vietnam to jointly experience a spiritual pilgrimage to facilitate recovery from the war.
Images of Julian Scadden at the bedside of a dying Veteran. Army Veteran Spends His Days Comforting the Dying
Nine years ago Julian Scadden, a 67-year-old Vietnam-Era Veteran who works as a housekeeper at the Denver VA, found his true calling in life: comforting dying Veterans on the hospital's hospice unit
Image of a group therapy session featuring both men and women.VA Giving Strength to Couples in Crisis
The Baltimore VA's Strength at Home program is designed to help Veterans who are experiencing physical or verbal abuse in their relationships, but don't know how to end the circle of violence.
Writer-Editor Rebekah E. Rickner interviews Veteran Richard BryeHonoring the Voices and Experiences of Veterans
My Life, My Story. A unique VA project that lets Veterans tell their VA care team about their life and careers, who they are as a person and then have their story added to their VA medical record.
Army Veteran boxercisingVeteran loses 30 pounds in VA's MOVE! program
Army Veteran, 65, lost more than 30 pounds and got in shape with VA's MOVE! program - lifting weights and attending fitness classes for cardio three times a week. Also, a little yoga and boxercise.
Image of doctor shaking hands with patientTransgender Vets, the VA, and Respect
Are you a transgender Veteran? The VA provides gender transition counseling, evaluations for hormone therapy, and evaluations for gender transition surgeries, along with a healthy dose of respect.
Dr. Eloise Harman and Army Vietnam Veteran Winston FigueroaDr. Eloise Harman - One of VA's Top Doctors.
Dr. Eloise Harman follows in her parents' footsteps in providing care for America's Veterans. And spends most of her free time volunteering to help others. Meet another one of VA's Top Doctors.
Female soldier burning old uniforms Nearly 100,000 Vets Enrolled in Burn Pit Registry
Veterans who had exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment are encouraged to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Almost 100,000 Veterans have so far.

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