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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Bay Pines VA to Hold Mental Health Summit September 6

August 29, 2013

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BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a mental health summit, "Working Together to Improve Veterans' Mental Health" on Friday, September 6, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College Library Conference Center in Seminole, Fla. The purpose of this summit is to enhance positive working relationships between the Bay Pines VAHCS and community mental health agencies to better address the broad mental health care needs of Veterans and their families. The summit will provide an opportunity for direct dialogue and active engagement between VA and community partners.

"This is a great opportunity for all of us to sit at the same table, to listen and learn from each other," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. "We all want the same thing— for Veterans and their families to have their needs and expectations met. We know that they cannot receive the quality, coordinated services they need if we are not engaging with our community partners regularly and working together."

The summit will feature VA mental health care presentations and "breakout" sessions intended to address specific collaborative opportunities to include Veteran transportation needs, guardianship, suicide prevention and community hospital integration and more. Table displays will also be available for VA and community organizations to provide materials about available programs and services.

The Bay Pines VAHCS event is just one of the more than 100 mental health summits that were scheduled by VA medical centers across the country this summer. For a full list of VA Mental Health Summits by location, please visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

Due to limited conference space, event participation is by invitation only. Media interested in covering the event are encouraged to contact Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS at 727-398-9531 or email jason.dangel@va.gov.

To learn more about the Bay Pines VAHCS, visit www.baypines.va.gov or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VABayPines.

Mental Health Summit Media Details: 

What: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Mental Health Summit
When: Friday, September 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
Where: St. Petersburg College Library Conference Center 9200 113th Street N. Seminole, FL 33772
Why: To enhance positive working relationships between the Bay Pines VAHCS and community mental health agencies to better address the broad mental health care needs of Veterans and their families.

Note: This event is open to media. For advanced information, please contact Jason Dangel at 727-798-1531.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 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 healthcare system operates nine facilities, including the main medical center, located in Bay Pines, and outpatient clinics 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.