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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Local Features

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!
The Downtown Clinic serves our Homeless VeteransSFVAHCS Homeless Program Recognized by VA
The San Francisco VA Health Care System was recently recognized by VA Central Office for its participation in the 25 Cities Initiative to end Veteran homelessness. Read the story to learn more.
Gregory King working at The Cake GalleryVeterans Find Healing Through Work
Through an exciting SFVAMC program, Veterans like Gregory King are finding healing and improved quality of life through meaningful work experiences. Read this article to learn more about the VIP-STAR Program.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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 Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons 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.
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.

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