National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 10-16
February 11, 2013
BAY PINES, Fla. – A full week of activities and special events for Veteran patients are scheduled at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's (VAHCS) primary medical center campus during the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Salute to Veteran Patients week Feb. 10-16.
The full week of events centers on VA's popular Valentines for Vets program scheduled for Feb. 14. Individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars traditionally deliver valentines or visit Veterans at VA medical centers, clinics, domiciliaries and community living centers (CLC) across the country.
"Each of us who are privileged to live in this nation has a special place in our hearts for Veterans. That is why we take time during the week of Valentine's Day to encourage our community to express affection and respect for those we admire," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.
"During the week of the National Salute, we strive to offer more than excellent health care – we offer our patients a genuine connection with family, friends and the communities they served."
Events scheduled at the Bay Pines VA include:
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While the National Salute kicks off this week, Americans have the chance to show their appreciation to Veterans all year by volunteering their time or donating to VA medical facilities throughout the year. No medical experience is necessary and volunteers are encouraged to share ideas how they would like to give back using their unique skills. To find opportunities at the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit www.baypines.va.gov/giving or call (727) 398-6661 ext. 5594.
About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement.
The Bay Pines VA operates nine health care facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.