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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Press Releases


Artistic? Enter the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition! - The annual VA Puget Sound Health Care System Veterans Creative Arts Competition is almost here! Currently accepting applications, this competition showcases more than 50 categories of art submitted by Veterans, including painting, photography, sculpture, music, creative writing, and more. (01/25/2019)

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Dept. of Veterans Affairs and GE Healthcare partner to accelerate use of 3D printing in patient care - Department of Veterans Affairs and GE Healthcare partner to accelerate use of 3D printing in patient care. VA Puget Sound Health Care System and GE Healthcare are working to reduce the time it takes for radiologists to create 3D-printed models and prosthetics from hours to minutes. 3D printing solutions help radiologists better visualize patient anatomy and disease for diagnosis, surgical and treatment planning - improving patient experience, reducing time to treatment and decreasing cost of care. Developments expected to benefit the VA’s 9 million patients and inform future research, development and scalability of 3D printing applications in healthcare. (11/27/2018)

VA Puget Sound celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 - Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November Veterans and Military Families Month, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes. That tradition continues again this year, with more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country. (11/02/2018)

VA Puget Sound to hold active threat exercise - VA Puget Sound Health Care System will hold an active threat exercise on the morning of July 24 at its American Lake campus as part of its ongoing training of both staff and veterans on safety and emergency response. (07/20/2018)

Youth need different approach to diabetes treatment - Youth need different approach to diabetes treatment Two diabetes medications that help adults don’t slow progression of type 2 diabetes in youth, researchers report SEATTLE -- A major study has found that medicines used to treat diabetes in adults are not effective on youth, which researchers say is disturbing since type 2 diabetes among youth is a growing problem. In youth with impaired glucose tolerance or recent-onset type 2 diabetes, neither initial treatment with long-acting insulin followed by the drug metformin, nor metformin alone, preserved the body’s ability to make insulin, according to results published online June 25 in Diabetes Care. (06/25/2018)

Study: Testosterone therapy does not raise prostate cancer risk - In the past 30 years, millions of men globally have been diagnosed with low testosterone levels and been prescribed supplemental testosterone as therapy – even as oncologists have confirmed testosterone as an agent that fuels prostate cancer and have treated the disease by reducing patients’ levels of the hormone. (06/22/2018)

VA Puget Sound Nursing Home Receives 4-Star Rating - Data Show VA Facilities Compare Closely with Private Sector Nursing Homes Overall. VA Puget Sound Health Care System announced that its nursing home received an overall 4 stars as part of its annual performance rating. (06/15/2018)

Using June Men’s Health Month as an annual reminder for forward thinking healthcare - According to Chief of Urology Michael Porter, the VA Puget Sound Prostate Cancer Program has a comprehensive program that includes the newest screening techniques including MRI and the latest available treatment options including robotic surgery, radiation, brachytherapy, and active surveillance. Additionally, “we have ongoing research studies that are examining the effects of exercise on prostate cancer, the role of active surveillance, and the use of the newest genetic based tests to individualize prediction of cancer aggressiveness,” said Porter. (06/15/2018)

Veteran Homelessness decreases 31 percent in Seattle/King County - According to the All Home Count Us In 2018 report (the annual Point-In-Time count of people experiencing homelessness), King County saw a 31 percent decline in Veteran homelessness since last year (from 1,339 to 921), while overall homelessness remained steady. (06/01/2018)

VA Puget Sound celebrates its world-class researchers - Rehabilitation R & D Service Director, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, Patricia A. Dorn, presented the 2018 Paul B. Magnuson Award to Co-Director of the VA Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Elaine Peskind. (05/18/2018)

Veterans can now manage appointments conveniently from mobile phones - New automated interactive text message system enables Veterans to manage appointments quickly and efficiently. When cancelling an appointment via VEText, Veterans will receive an automatic follow-up call to reschedule. Cancelled appointments are immediately available for fellow Veterans who need to be seen. (05/16/2018)

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VA Selects Contractor for Seismic Award in Seattle - The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a contractor to correct seismic deficiencies in Building 100 at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. (11/26/2012)

VA Puget Sound showcases Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program for Veterans with PTSD or - The VA Puget Sound Health Care System-American Lake Division is offering the media a unique opportunity to tour the recently renovated Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program facility. (07/11/2012)

VA announces recruitment effort to hire Mental Health professionals - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed an aggressive national mental health hiring initiative to improve recruitment and hiring, marketing, education and training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals. (06/12/2012)

VA Puget Sound researchers earn internationally recognized awards - Three researchers from VA Puget Sound Health Care System have each been presented with internationally recognized awards for outstanding and exceptional achievements in their fields. (04/27/2012)

Port Angeles Outreach Clinic hires new physician - The Port Angeles Outreach Clinic, part of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, has hired Dr. Carolyn Jo (C.J.) Gaston as an in-house, full-time primary care physician. (03/15/2012)

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2011 Wall of Heroes - On November 11, two veterans with local ties will be inducted into VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s “Wall of Heroes”. Lemanuel “Lee” Jones and Marvin Glenn Shields will be recognized during a formal ceremony at 8:30am near the East Clinic at the Seattle Division. (11/03/2011)

New Study Provides Insight Into Ways the Brain May be Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease - There might be such a thing as thinking too hard, at least where Alzheimer’s disease is concerned, according to a new article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. (10/15/2011)

Electronic Records Exchange - VA Puget Sound will partner with MultiCare Health System and Madigan Healthcare System to exchange health information electronically for Veterans who participate in the pilot. (09/08/2011)

VA Grants Going to Washington Agencies in New Prevention Initiative - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of almost $1.2 million in homeless prevention grants to two Washington non-profit community agencies that will serve approximately 395 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. (07/26/2011)

Childcare Pilot at American Lake in 2012 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the launch of three free, drop-in childcare service centers at three VA medical centers to an audience of more than 700 women Veterans attending the Fifth National Summit on Women Veterans’ Issues July 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. VA Puget Sound Health Care System will provide childcare at the American Lake Division in 2012. (07/18/2011)

HUD and VA Grants Going to Washington Public Housing Agencies - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced the award of $967,641 to public housing agencies in Washington to supply permanent housing and case management for the state’s 632,200 Veterans. (07/15/2011)

Primary Care Education program to receive $5 million grant - VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine are proud to announce the formation of a new Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. The Center will be funded for five years by the Office of Academic Affiliations in the Department of Veterans Affairs with a grant of $5 million and be based at VA Puget Sound. (01/28/2011)

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IRS to Hold Special Open House for Veterans - The Internal Revenue Service will host a special nationwide open house on Saturday, Sept. 25 to help taxpayers, especially veterans and people with disabilities, solve tax problems and respond to IRS notices. (09/21/2010)

HUD and VA Launch $15 Million Demonstration Program to Prevent Veteran Homelessness - In an effort to prevent homelessness among veterans, primarily those returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that both agencies will invest a combined $15 million in five selected communities near military installations. The HUD and VA grant funding is intended to provide housing assistance and supportive services to veterans who might otherwise be living in homeless shelters or on the streets. (07/22/2010)

VA Approves $2.8M for Gulf War Illness Research - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $2.8 million to fund three new research projects that focus on testing or developing new treatments for illnesses affecting Veterans who served in the Gulf War 1990-1991. The research incorporates recommendations of the department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force. (07/21/2010)

VA Puget Sound to cut ribbon on new Community Living Center on June 25th. - VIPs, Dignitaries, Veterans and their families will gather at VA Puget Sound Health Care System on June 25, 2010 at 2pm to officially cut the ribbon and dedicate a new 79,000 sq. foot lakeside Community Living Center. A new state-of-the-art kitchen/dining facility in the same building will also serve all residential patients at the American Lake Division. (06/23/2010)

Opening of the South Sound Community Based Outpatient Clinic - Sterling Medical Associates and VA Puget Sound Health Care System are proud to announce the dedication of South Sound Community Based Outpatient Clinic June 4, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the new clinic in the Lewis County Mall located at 151 NE Hampe Way, Suite B2-6, Chehalis WA, 98532. The public is welcome to attend. (04/30/2010)

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The Wall of Heroes inducts its second member - Last June, the “Wall of Heroes” was unveiled at the Seattle Division of VA Puget Sound Health Care System and its first member was inducted. On November 12, another local hero will be inducted when Dennis Wolden is recognized during a formal ceremony at 11:00am in Building 100, Room BB108. (11/06/2009)

Wall of Heroes unveiled - Veterans, visitors, employees and volunteers at VA Puget Sound Health Care System are surrounded by America’s heroes everyday. While they may not realize it, the men and women they encounter are part of history without much fanfare or attention. A new permanent display to be unveiled at the Seattle Division of VA Puget Sound Health Care System on June 29, 2009 at 9:30a.m. will change that. (06/24/2009)

Mount Vernon clinic starts seeing patients - Beginning on May 18, 2009, VA Puget Sound Health Care System started seeing patients at its permanent outpatient clinic (CBOC) site at 307 South 13PthP Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 near Skagit Valley Hospital. The CBOC operates from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The phone number for the Mount Vernon clinic is (360) 848-8500. (05/26/2009)

Using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques to treat PTSD - Researchers from VA Puget Sound Health Care System are performing a study of a group psychological intervention called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). A growing body of scientific literature shows markedly reduces stress and could possibly provide relief for veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Organizers of the study are requesting Veterans as volunteers. (02/17/2009)

Growth Hormone Stimulator May Help Combat Frailty in Older Adults - An investigational drug that stimulates the body to produce more growth hormone improves lean muscle mass and physical function in older adults, potentially helping to combat frailty, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and 10 other study centers. (01/27/2009)

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