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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


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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.
MyHealtheVet features screenshotCan We Talk Secure Messaging?
You may have heard of MyHealtheVet, but did you know Veterans can also send Secure Messages to their VA Care providers? Secure Messaging is fully encrypted - designed to protect Veteran’s privacy and security.
Minneapolis VA to Hold Town Hall June 21Minneapolis VA to Hold Town Hall June 21
Minneapolis VA will hold a Town Hall on June 21 at the Whipple Federal Building,1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN. The event is open to Veterans, their spouses, VA stakeholders and the general public.
Ribbon cutting on March 29. Pictured l-r: Sara Otterness, chief nurse, Primary Care PSL; Lisa Gunderson Assistant nurse manager; Lori Pawelski, RN, nurse manager, 4D; Director Pat Kelly; Areef Ishani, MD, medical director, Primary Care PSL; and nurse Cyndi Young.Minneapolis VA Opens Primary Care ‘Super Clinic’
Why open a super clinic? Simple. A Veteran may come for a medical visit with multiple diagnoses and problems, these issues can all be dealt with in one physical location - the 4D super clinic.
MVAHCS Hiring Event for MSAs from 2-6 pm on April 5 in the 1st floor auditoriumMinneapolis VA to Hold MSA Hiring Event
MVAHCS is holding a hiring event for medical support assistants/health unit coordinators from 2-6 pm on April 5 in the 1st floor auditorium. For more information, call 612-467-2060
Minneapolis VA Clinical Psychologist John P. Billig, PhD, ABPP (left) receives the VHA William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics presented to him by Patrick J. Kelly, Director, (right) Minneapolis VA Health Care SystemMinneapolis VA Doctor Wins National Ethics Award
"I have been interested in those ‘gray zones’ of uncertainty that inevitably arise in health care when it is unclear what is the right thing to do." said John P. Billig, PhD, ABPP, Minneapolis VA Psychology Supervisor.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.
Postpartum Depression Affects One-in-Seven New MothersWomen Veterans: Help for Postpartum Depression
Pregnant Women Veterans have an increased likelihood of a mental health issue and a higher risk for postpartum depression. Learn the symptoms and treatment options from VA's Women's Health Services.
Nurse Deb Lamberton provides relief during family members most stressful time. VA Nurse Helps Veterans Families, in Her Free Time
VA nurse Deb Lamberton knows how stressful it is for families during a Veteran's final days so she volunteers on her own time to provide them with stress relieving massages.
Two male veterans, seated, having a conversation.AF Veteran Helping Veterans Out of Addiction
Air Force Veteran Willie DeWayne Raulerson had been drinking for 50 years. But when he finally decided to ask VA for help he found not only sobriety, but a purpose in life.
Dave Miller assists homeless VeteransMarine Veteran is VA's Male Volunteer of the Year
Marine Corps Veteran David Miller has been volunteering at VA for over 25 years and has been named the 2017 National Male Volunteer of the Year. Miller served in Vietnam during the TET II offensive.
An elderly male Veteran in a wheelchair, entering a van.VA Helps Vietnam Veteran Get His Life Back
Dale Herb's life came to a grinding halt about a year ago when he lost the use of his legs and couldn't leave his home. Today, thanks to a little help from the VA, he's completely mobile again.

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