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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Local Features

Volunteers distribute handmade Valentine's Day Cards from Bay Area students.National Salute to Veteran Patients
This week marks the 40th annual observance of VA’s National Salute to Veteran Patients, an opportunity to pay tribute to America’s heroes – our Veterans we proudly care for and serve.
Laura Flink, MD, MS, works at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in our Cardiology Department. Dr. Flink also manages the Women’s Cardiac Clinic, a specialty service within our Women’s Health Clinic.Dr. Flink: Passion for Serving Veterans
Laura Flink, MD, MS, works at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in our Cardiology Department. Dr. Flink also manages the Women’s Cardiac Clinic, a specialty service within our Women’s Health Clinic.
Top Row: Dr. Abigail Wilson (Physician, Women’s Health Medical Co-Director); Winnie Deguzman (Lead MSA), Dr. Kaela Joseph (Psychologist, Women Veterans Program Manager), Leonides Penaflor (RN, Charge Nurse), Elizabeth Enriquez (RN)VA Goes Red for Women’s Healthy Heart Awareness
February marks American heart month. San Francisco VA Health Care System’s Women’s clinic along with VA employees across the nation wore red to raise awareness about women’s heart disease.
Tia Delong, Administrative Officers for SFVAHCS's Clearlake ClinicTia Delong: Passion for Serving Veterans
Tia Delong, Administrative Officer: Passion for Serving our Veterans. “I enjoy working in our Clearlake Clinic with all of our staff as we are so much a part of the community we serve,”
Alta Thurman served in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Tech from 1983-1984Alta Thurman: Veterans Serving Veterans
Alta Thurman served in the US Air Force from 1983 – 1994 as a Medical Technician. “My goal has always been to work for the VA. Being a Veteran I’ve always had a passion for helping my fellow Veterans,”
Amanda Celli works in Member Services at our Clearlake Clinic, serving Veterans in our rural areas of Lake County.Passion for Serving Veterans
Amanda Celli works in Member Services at our Clearlake Clinic, serving Veterans in our rural areas of Lake County. Amanda has been with SFVAHCS since 2015, coming from health care work in the private sector.
CJ Jardstorm serving aboard the USS Dixon (AS-37) in support of Desert StormVeterans Serving Veterans
Veterans Serving Veterans, CJ Jardstorm served in the US Navy from 1989–1995. CJ started her VA career in our Ukiah Clinic as a Phlebotomist Tech. In 2017 she transferring to our Clearlake Clinic as a Audiology Tech.
Park Ranger Jasmine Greats SFVAHCS Veterans at Muir Woods National ParkVA W.A.R.I.O.R. Program
The San Francisco VA Health Care System’s Wellness and Recovery Incorporating Outdoor Recreation (W.A.R.I.O.R.) Program closes out the year with a trip to Muir Woods National Park.
Amado Ante enlisted with the Philippine Scouts Army in February 1941 at the age of 22 and joined alongside the US Army 12th Quartermaster Regiment, Company B. In late 1941, Ante deployed to Bataan in support of the fight against Japan.A WWII Veteran’s Journey To The SFVAHCS
Just hours after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Japanese forces also invaded the Philippines. In April 1942, after months of fighting, Ante’s unit had to retreat to the Bataan Peninsula.
Victor Negron, Santa Rosa VA Clinic Administrative Officer and Veteran, lost his home and personal belongings during the fires.Northern Cal Fires Bring Out Best in VA Staff
Nor Cal Fires Bring Out Best in VA Staff: It has now been over a month since the devastating Northern California Wildfires ripped through entire communities, causing cities and counties to evacuate thousands of people.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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