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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Press Releases


2015

Veterans town hall scheduled for May 20 in Cape Coral - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Veterans town hall meeting on May 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Lee County Healthcare Center located at 2489 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33909. The event will take place in the main lobby located on the first floor of the building. (04/14/2015)
Bay Pines VA to Hold Annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 25 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Bay Pines National Cemetery located at 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33708. (04/14/2015)
Bay Pines VAHCS to host Stand Down for Homeless Veterans - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will take place in the courtyard located between buildings 2 and 37 at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. (03/16/2015)
Bay Pines Volunteer Has Special Connection to VA and Veterans - Every one of the more than 1,800 volunteers across the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has a unique story to share about why they commit so much of their time to help Veterans. Whatever the reason, most, if not all volunteers will say they have a special connection to VA, and most importantly, feel honored and privileged to serve heroes accessing VA health care services across southwest Florida. (02/05/2015)
National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 8-14 - A full week of activities and special events for Veteran patients are scheduled at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center campus during the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Salute to Veteran Patients Week Feb. 8-14. (02/05/2015)
Bay Pines VAHCS to Hold Veterans Town Hall Meeting Feb. 25 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in collaboration with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office will host a quarterly Veterans town hall meeting on February 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. (01/27/2015)
Lee County Healthcare Center Reopens Following Temporary Closure - The Lee County Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center located at 2489 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral, FL reopened at 12:00 p.m. today, January 22, for patient care and administrative services. The facility was temporarily closed on January 20 due to a water main break and associated repairs. (01/22/2015)
VA Job Fair Scheduled for Jan 31 at Lee County Health Care Center - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will hold a job fair at the Lee County Health Care Center (LCHCC) on Saturday, January 31 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The event will take place in the lobby at the Lee County Health Care Center located on the first floor of the clinic. (01/20/2015)
Lee County Healthcare Center Closed for Water Main Repairs - The Lee County Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center located at 2489 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral, FL will be closed today, January 20, 2015 due to water main repairs and associated maintenance. (01/20/2015)

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2014

Bay Pines VA Recognized Nationally for Patient Safety Practices - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) was recognized nationally as a 2014 Cornerstone Recognition Award gold winner by the VA National Center for Patient Safety on December 9. The award recognizes facilities for work and efficiency completing work related to the root cause analysis (RCA) process, health care quality and patient safety. (12/10/2014)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition - The organization is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S., and one of only three VA healthcare systems out of 107 public and private hospitals in Florida to receive the Top Performer recognition. (11/13/2014)
Veterans Town Hall Scheduled for December 1 at VA Regional Office - VA officials will provide updates on VA operations and improvement initiatives regarding VA health care and benefits. (11/07/2014)
Bay Pines VA to host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 - Highlights of the ceremony will include; musical performances by the Keswick Christian School Choir; a special parade of colors provided by local Veteran Service Organizations; and traditional military presentations to include the posting and retiring of the U.S. Flag, a firing salute, a taps performance and more. (10/30/2014)
VA to Host Homeless Veterans Summit in Fort Myers on Oct. 27 - During the event, VA officials and community experts will present information about new and ongoing initiatives and updates on homeless program services and VA benefits. (10/23/2014)
VA Job Fair Scheduled for Oct. 25 at C.W. Bill Young VAMC - The fair is open to all professionals seeking employment in the following occupations. Veterans, disabled Veterans and applicants with documented disabilities are encouraged to attend. (10/17/2014)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System named a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by national survey - The Bay Pines VAHCS earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve. (10/15/2014)
Bay Pines VA to host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 - Local news anchor Reginald Roundtree will be the master of ceremonies for the event. (10/14/2014)
Now Available - Veteran Viewpoint Episode 2 - Episode two features VA patient and U.S. Navy Veteran Bob Hurt who said he was destined for military service when his mother dressed him in a sailor outfit at the age of one. (10/01/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS to receive state-level ward for hiring practices on Oct. 1 - "We consider the VA as one of our most exceptional employers - they support folks with disabilities without reservation," said Christy Boccabella-Brown, President and Founder of Placement Works Inc. (09/30/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS Recognized for Efforts to Improve Care for Older Patients - Through participation in the NICHE program we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for our geriatric patients. (09/30/2014)
Bay Pines VA to Conduct Emergency Exercise on Sept. 24 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will conduct a mass casualty exercise at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on September 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During the exercise, emergency vehicles and personnel will be onsite. (09/22/2014)
HUD, VA, and USICH announce 33% drop in Veteran homelessness since 2010 - Nearly 4,300 homeless and at risk Veterans cared for within Bay Pines VAHCS in 2014 (08/26/2014)
Veterans Town Hall Meeting Sept. 3 - Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations and other community partners are invited to attend. (08/25/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS to Hold Mental Health Summit August 22 - VA and community mental health providers to address broad mental health care needs of Veterans (08/19/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS Announces Roll-Out of VetLink Kiosks - Veterans can use new kiosks to check-in for appointments and manage personal information. (08/13/2014)
Housing First: A Model of Success - Jonathan Achuff is one of 70 Veterans enrolled in the Bay Pines VA HCS’s Housing First program – just one of several VA programs available for homeless Veterans, and those at risk for homelessness. Bay Pines is one of only 14 VA healthcare systems across the country with an active Housing First program. (07/21/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS Welcomes New Assistant Director - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cory Price as Assistant Director effective June 29, 2014. (07/03/2014)
MEDIA ADVISORY - Bay Pines VAHCS to Host Homeless Veterans Summit - VA, community partners to collaborate, develop plans to combat Veteran homelessness. (06/23/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS to Host Mental Health Recovery Symposium - The purpose of the symposium is to illustrate and showcase Veteran stories of recovery through the use of the healthcare system’s various mental health programs available through its Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. The event will also highlight recovery oriented programs and support available to Veterans and families. (06/10/2014)
Update: Bay Pines VA to Hold Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26 - Bay Pines ceremony largest in Pinellas County; more than 3,000 expected. (05/22/2014)
Bay Pines VA to Host Research Day Event on May 7 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will hold a Research Day event at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on May 7, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building (building 100) and is open to the public. (05/05/2014)
A Letter to the Editor: Nurses Week 2014 - The theme of National Nurses Week 2014 is "Nurses Leading the Way," and no one puts more passion into the health care profession than VA nurses and nursing staff. (04/30/2014)
Bay Pines VA to Host VA2K "Walk and Roll" Event on May 21 - Wellness event to benefit homeless Veterans (04/30/2014)
VA to host Veterans job and information fair May 3 - Event open to Veterans, family members, active duty service members, and the general public (04/30/2014)
Bay Pines VA to Hold Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26 - Bay Pines ceremony largest in Pinellas County; more than 3,000 expected (04/30/2014)
UPDATE: Bay Pines VAHCS to Host Medical Center Renaming Ceremony - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a medical center renaming ceremony in honor of the late U.S. Representative C.W. Bill Young on April 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla. in the courtyard located between building number 37 and building 2. The event is open to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public. (04/17/2014)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System to Offer Onsite Chiropractic Services Starting April 28 - Dr. Jason Napuli has been selected as lead chiropractor for new program. (04/14/2014)
Update: Bay Pines VA to host Stand Down for Homeless Veterans - This year, the event will also feature a Stand Down Court. The court will provide an opportunity for Veterans to speak with legal experts from the 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County Clerk of Courts, a public defender and others to address outstanding legal issues. (04/02/2014)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System to Host Medical Center Renaming Ceremony - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a medical center renaming ceremony in honor of the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young on April 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (03/28/2014)
Op Ed: Honor and Thank Doctors on March 30 - In honor of our VA doctors’ tireless efforts at the Bay Pines VAHCS and across our great nation, thank you for caring for our sick, advancing medical knowledge, and promoting the good health of the brave men and women we have the honor and privilege to serve. (03/27/2014)
Interactive Patient Care System to Launch at C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center March 11 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will launch its newly installed Interactive Patient Care System on March 11, 2014 to help educate, engage and empower patients in the care they receive. (03/06/2014)
Bay Pines VA to host Stand Down for Homeless Veterans - Over the years, the Bay Pines VAHCS has participated in, and hosted, numerous stand down events across the 10-county area the system serves, said Jennifer Sprague, Homeless Veterans Coordinator, Bay Pines VAHCS. (03/05/2014)
C.W. Bill Young VA to Host Veterans Creative Arts Festival Feb. 12 - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s (VAHCS) C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will host the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building. (02/05/2014)
Sebring VA Community Clinic Welcomes New Physician in February - Dr. Priyamvada Gujjar, a long-time resident of Sebring, brings approximately 20 years of experience with her to the VA health care team in Sebring, and will officially begin seeing patients on Feb. 17. (01/28/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS Earns New 3-Year Accreditation for Cancer Program - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recently granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's cancer program. (01/27/2014)
Bay Pines VAHCS to Participate in Homeless Point-in-Time Count - "The annual Point-in-Time count is the best method we currently have to measure the homeless Veteran population throughout the communities we serve," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. "It is our goal to identify and connect those Veterans with the quality health care services they earned through their service to our great nation." (01/22/2014)
2014 Veterans Creative Arts Festival - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will host the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition on Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the main medical center building. (01/17/2014)

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