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Lederle, a core investigator for the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is noted for his seminal work on surgical management and treatment for patients who have abdominal aortic aneurysms. (VA photo by April Eilers)Dr. Lederle Receives Top VA Research Award
Dr. Frank A. Lederle received the 2017 John B. Barnwell Award - he is noted for his seminal work on surgical management and treatment for patients who have abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Steve Kirkhorn, MD, (L) with Director Patrick Kelly and Cindy Tomczak, Employee Occupational Health Nurse Manager (VA photo by April Eilers)Top VA Workplace Wellness Award for Minneapolis
Minneapolis VA one of only 8 VA Medical Centers to receive gold award. This new award is designed to recognize VAMCs that have developed a strong culture of employee well-being.
Minneapolis VA’s Amy Candy Heinlein, MD, (left) reviews chart with residents (l-r) Carlos Jarmillo, Matthew Hooks, Rima Chakraborty and Christopher ChooClinic Offers Advantages for Veterans and New MDs
“You have the enthusiasm of the recent medical school graduate, and the experience of a seasoned staff physician,” explained Amy Candy Heinlein, MD, who supervises the program.
Stacks of printer and copier paper in a copy machineMinneapolis VA a Leader in Federal Green Challenge
The Minneapolis VA received the EPA’s top award for environmentally preferable purchasing practices in FY 2016 by decreasing its printer and copier paper purchases by 44 percent from the previous year, saving $125,600.
A Veteran meets with Timothy Wilt, a physician-researcher with the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care SystemThe Prostate Cancer Debate
A Department of Veterans Affairs clinical trial spanning nearly 20 years finds that surgery does not significantly reduce all-cause or prostate cancer deaths for men who are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.
Vern, a Veteran in the Minneapolis VA Medical Foster Home program, at his home.Veteran Thrives in VA Medical Foster Home
When the Minneapolis VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator initially met with Vern, he shared that his spirits were diminished. He wanted a family setting. Vern wanted a place to call “home.”
Minneapolis VA Primary Care Call Center nurse Denise Buss (VA photo by April Eilers)Meet the Minneapolis VA Primary Care Call Center
The Primary Care Call Center is the first call most Veterans make to the VA. The goal of the Call Center staff is to quickly get the Veteran to the right level of care at the right time.
Minneapolis VA among top 25 medical facilities recognized by Practice Green Health for environmental excellenceMinneapolis VA's Commitment to Sustainability
For the second year in a row, Minneapolis VA among top 25 medical facilities recognized by Practice Green Health for environmental excellence and a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.
Erin Krebs, MD, MPH, Research Health Science Specialist, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis VA Healthcare SystemOpioids Not Better than Non-opioid Pain Medication
Researchers from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System have found that opioid medications achieve no better results than non-opioid medications for long-term treatment of chronic back pain and osteoarthritis pain.
Dr. Kris Ensrud and her father, E. Richard Ensrud, MD, a Korean War VeteranDr. Ensrud Named To Prestigious Physicians Group
Kristine Ensrud, MD, MPH, a Minneapolis VA and University of Minnesota physician/researcher, was inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians at its annual meeting.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.
Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systemís Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless personís tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.

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