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photo Left to right: Katherine Dressel, MS, RD,CSR, CDN at NY Harbor, and Navy Veteran Carmen Martinez.Multitaskers of the Body - VA NY Harbor Healthcare
"Hopefully my son's kidney will be a match with mine. But, no matter what, I appreciate his gesture. It's something beautiful," said Navy Veteran Carmen Martinez, hemodialysis patient at VA's Manhattan Campus.
Photo of Dr. Ayse Aytamna.Dr. Ayse Aytaman to be named Physician of the Year
Dr. Ayse Aytaman, will be named 2018 Physician of the Year at the NYC American Liver Foundation Gala in October. She is the first female physician and first VA physician to receive that honor.
A photo of Mr. MakarenkoSowing seeds of hope
Mr. Makarenko considers being able to make a difference in fellow Veterans’ lives one of the most rewarding achievements of his life. “ I don’t always know whether I’m making a difference or not.” says Mr. Makarenko.
Dr. Patrick Malloy with a resident of Puerto Rico and another volunteer.VA NY Harbor Chief of Staff Deployed to PR
Dr. Patrick Malloy, Executive Chief of Staff, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, was deployed October 13-27. He volunteered to support the on-the-ground need for medical care provided to Veterans and others.
Woman on the phone.#Be There
We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Servicemember in their life. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone.
Photo of Dr. Suzanne Dudon and Veteran Gabriela Holland.Delivering on Promise of Better Service
Improving the patient experience is one of the many ways how the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System is delivering on the promise of better care, better service, and a better future for every Veteran and employee.
Photo of Ed Field with writing marker in his hand"I Will Survive!"
Air Force First Lieutenant, Edward Field flew 27 missions on a B-17, as a young navigator with the 384th Bomb Group in 1945. He uses poetry to sooth 70-plus years of survivor's guilt.
photo of Vietnam Veteran Zack Lewis and his attorney Vietnam-era Veteran Kevin R. HackettOne Veteran Helping Another Veteran in Need
Two very different Veterans meet, one a lawyer, Kevin R. Hackett, the other a Vietnam Veteran, Zack Lewis. Hackett saw the need to see a doctor for help and assisted Lewis in seeing a VA doctor to seek treatment.
Photo of Dr. Sabrina Felson and Vietnam Veteran Kenneth Williams.Good Damn Man
A Vietnam Veteran overcomes his addictions and stays clean for ten years from drugs, alcohol and smoking. He is a man who is admired for many things demonstrating you don't have to be perfect to be a wonderful guy.
Photo of VA New York Harbor Step Up TeamPrevention Better than Cure: To Avert Amputation
VA New York Harbor Healthcare System is working on the second year of a four year $1.1 million grant from the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development to prevent the recurrence of foot ulcers in Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Holst examines a Veteran patientMeet Dr. Holst - Another One of VA’s Top Doctors
Dr. Seth Holst believes Veterans are true heroes, and he is honored to help care for them. An ophthalmologist at VA Pittsburgh, he considers his time with VA rewarding professionally and personally.
U.S. Army Veteran Jim Altman receives lung cancer screening facilitated by CT Technologist, Miguel Santiago at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.Lung Cancer Screening Saves Veterans Lives
Bay Pines VA has performed over 2,000 LDCT lung cancer screening exams and they're saving lives. If you ever smoked and are over 55, you should have a screening every year.
Dr. giving patient an injectionVeterans: Here's how to Avoid Getting the Flu
Want to avoid the flu? Dr. Jane Kim, VA's Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine, shares some quick and easy ways to increase your chances of staying healthy during this nasty flu season.
Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
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.

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