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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Local Features

Talk TherapyTalk Therapy for PTSD
Veterans who have killed in combat and suffer from nightmares, hyper-vigilance to perceived threats, and numbness to people and activities that made them happy, may be helped by a six-to-eight week talk therapy program.
Deborah Barnes with Bonnie GrahamPreventing Loss of Independence through Exercise
An innovative SFVAMC program called PLIÉ helps Veterans with Alzheimer's and dementia improve their functioning and quality of life through a group exercise program. This program was featured at VA Innovation Demo Day.
Outpatient Pharmacy RemodelOutpatient Pharmacy Remodel
The San Francisco VA Medical Center outpatient pharmacy will be undergoing a significant remodel starting in August 2017 to better serve our Veterans. Read the article to learn more.
Heart DiseasePTSD and Heart Disease Can Go Hand in Hand
A new San Francisco VAMC study analyzes the prevalence of heart disease among Veterans with PTSD and the different ways that PTSD can affect the development of cardiovascular disease.
Veteran with flagPatient-Driven Advance Care Planning
A user-friendly website & advance directive form given directly to patients can be very effective in empowering older adults to plan for their future medical care without the need for significant health system resources.
Could you have Hepatitis C?New, Better Treatments Available for Hepatitis C
Many people don’t know they have Hepatitis C because they have no symptoms. There are new medications available for Hepatitis C that are far better than previous treatments, with cure rates of over 90% for most people.
Integrated Pain TeamIntegrated Pain Team
In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, how can health care providers give effective pain treatment? Researchers at the SFVAMC believe that a fully integrated approach to pain management is the answer.
Physical therapy vs. occupational therapyOccupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between occupational and physical therapy? Read this article to learn more and to find out how to connect with VA occupational and physical therapy.
Suzanne GordonSuzanne Gordon Visits SFVAMC
The San Francisco VA Medical Center was happy to welcome award-winning author and journalist Suzanne Gordon for a talk about her new book The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare on April 10.
Farmers marketMarch is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month! Check out these tips to eat better, get enough exercise, and live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Talk to your VA provider to learn more, and check out the Nutrition programs at SFVAMC!

From the Veterans Health Administration

Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
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.

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