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Bay Visions News Brief

Bay Visions News Brief is a video news product line developed by the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Office of Public Affairs and Medical Media Services. The news videos complement Bay Visions - a quarterly magazine distributed to Veterans, family members, VA employees and Volunteers, members of the general public and other stakeholders.

Bay Visions News Brief #18 - May 12, 2017 - Tampa Bay Community Comes Together to Help Homeless Veterans

More than 500 Veterans poured into the Bay Pines annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center last month. The event featured medical screenings, free meals, toiletries, haircuts, foot washing, clothing items, benefits and housing information, employment resources, bike drawings and more.



Bay Visions News Brief #17 - March 31, 2017 - Veterans Display Artistic Talents during Local Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Artistic talents were on display during the 18th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center last month. The competition included 51 categories in the visual arts division that ranged from oil painting to leather work to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there were 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing.



Bay Visions News Brief #16 - March 23, 2017 - Leaders Sign Monumental Agreement Ushering in New Legal Service for Veterans

With a stroke of pen the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and several local law partners ushered in a new legal program for Veterans during an agreement signing ceremony last month at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.



Bay Visions News Brief #15 - March 10, 2017 - Healthy Teaching Kitchens Help Veterans Achieve a Balanced and Nutritious Diet

Healthy eating: An important component to the overall health and well-being of individuals, and a major focus of Bay Pines VA Healthcare System dietitians in service to serve Veterans. One of many tools used to help Veterans achieve a more balance and nutritious diet is the Healthy Teaching Kitchen – an hour-long cooking demonstration hosted by VA dieticians intended to teach Veterans and their families’ healthy cooking skills.

Bay Visions News Brief #14 - January 24, 2017 - Bay Pines VA Participates in Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count

Red t-shirts, clipboards, surveys, and bus passes…all tools given to hundreds of volunteers participating in the annual homeless Point-in-Time Count in Pinellas County on January 24. Among the volunteers, were dozens of employees from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) including members of the executive leadership team. This mission: survey and count as many homeless persons as possible to better understand the prevalence of homelessness in the community, assess needs of the population, and plan for future resources and strategies to assist those in need.


Bay Visions News Brief #13 - January 11, 2017 - Corporate Volunteers Give back to Veterans

A small army of more than 150 employees from Southwest Airlines descended on CW Bill Young VA Medical Center to give back to America's Veterans by completing a host volunteer assignments on January 11th. From site beautification and Landscaping, assisting with Pharmacy mail outs, and a little balloon volleyball, the corporate volunteers took every opportunity to serve those who once donned the military uniform in service to our nation.

Bay Visions News Brief #12 - December 2, 2016 - Thousands Gather Recognize Service of America’s Heroes on Veterans Day

Dressed in red, white, and blue, thousands of residents of the Tampa Bay Community gathered at the Bay Pines Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th to recognize the service and sacrifice of America’s Veterans. Conducted at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, the event was fully stocked with music, ceremonial tributes, and remarks.


Bay Visions News Brief #11 - October 3, 2016 - Hundreds Gather for Bay Pines POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

An emotional and solemn crowd of about 300 gathered at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony on September 13. Official POW/MIA insignias and flags were visible with every turn of the head as former prisoners of war, their loved ones, VA leaders and members of the community recognized the service and sacrifice of those held captive during wartime and those who never returned.Keynote speaker for the hour-long ceremony was retired U.S. Navy pilot Bradley E. Smith. Smith was held captive during the Vietnam War nearly seven years after his A-4 Skyhawk was shot out of the sky by the North Vietnamese Army on March 25, 1966.



Bay Visions News Brief #10 - September 15, 2016 - Community Partners Gather for Annual Bay Pines Mental Health Summit

Nearly 100 VA mental health professionals and community partners came together to collaborate, learn and listen during the annual Bay Pines Mental Health Summit on August 31. The purpose of the day-long event was to enhance the mental health and well-being of Veterans and their family members through increased collaboration between the VA and the community. Specific focus areas of the summit included Veterans’ ability to access mental health services and suicide prevention.



Bay Visions News Brief #9 - September 7, 2016 - Veterans now offered same-day audiology services without an appointment

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System now offers audiology services without an appointment at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. Veterans can simply walk-in the Audiology Clinic located on the first floor of the medical center during walk-in hours and be seen by a provider within about 30 minutes for hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings and more. Called an “open health care access model,” the enhanced service comes as an added improvement to the Audiology department’s direct scheduling program which eliminated the requirement for Veterans to first seek a referral by a primary care provider before receiving an audiology appointment. Efforts are underway to spread Audiology’s open access model across southwest Florida and into most of the healthcare system’s outpatient clinics in early 2017.



Bay Visions News Brief #8 - August 10, 2016 - Bay Pines Partners with the Community for Emergency Exercise

Dozens of VA and local community emergency personnel rushed to a small building located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. According to reports, inclement weather had damaged the building causing serious injuries to many inside. Without delay, police, firemen and others responded to the scene, ensured the safety of the building and evacuated victims to the medical center’s emergency room. This was the scene at the medical center for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s annual mass casualty exercise on Aug. 10. The purpose of the exercise was to test the Bay Pines’ mass casualty plan, mass casualty support operations, Incident Command Center (ICC) and integration with community police, fire and emergency medical agencies.



Bay Visions News Brief #7 – May 18, 2016 – Bay Pines VA Activates State-of-the-Art Inpatient Ward

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System activated a new state-of-the-art inpatient unit at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on May 18. Located on the third floor of the main hospital building, the newly renovated, 20-bed ward features 16 private rooms, four semi-private rooms, and a host of state-of-the art medical equipment and technologies.



Bay Visions News Brief #6 – May 30, 2016 – Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

More than 4,000 members of the Tampa Bay community gathered at the Bay Pines National Cemetery to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes during the annual Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30. Tens of thousands of American flags decorating the headstones of departed servicemen and women provided the backdrop for the largest ceremony in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties where spectators enjoyed music, ceremonial tributes and remarks from guest speakers. This year’s ceremony saw record attendance – a sign that Tampa Bay will always remember the brave men and women who gave their last breath in the name of freedom.



Bay Visions News Brief #5 – May 13, 2016 – Leaders Gather to Create Roadmap for the Future

In mid-May, nearly 100 Bay Pines VA leaders gathered at the St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs in Clearwater, Fla. to discuss ideas and develop strategies aimed at improving health care quality, healthcare access, Veterans experience and employee satisfaction. The day-long activity, called a strategic planning retreat, gave attendees an opportunity to collaborate, discuss VA priorities and local objectives that will be used to develop a refined strategic plan for the organization.



Bay Visions News Brief #4 – April 18, 2016 – Bay Pines Leaders Sign MyVA Access Declaration

On April 18, dozens of Bay Pines VA leaders gathered to reaffirm their commitment to providing timely, high quality health care services to America's Veterans. The centerpiece of the activity was a large MyVA Access Declaration poster. The declaration is a set of guiding principles for enterprise-wide adoption to enhance health access and improve customer service.



Bay Visions News Brief #3 – April 5, 2016 – Vietnam Veterans Honored

On April 5, a long overdue " thank you and welcome home" was rendered to Vietnam Veterans and their families during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. A crowd of nearly 1,000 people made up primarily of Vietnam Veterans attended the event where they heard directly from local VA leaders, U.S. Congressman David Jolly and Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Gary Littrell.



Bay Visions News Brief #2 – Feb. 11, 2016 – Creative Arts Festival

Artistic talents were on full display during the 17th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival and local competition at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center February 11. The competition included 51 categories in the visual arts division that ranged from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there were 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing.



Bay Visions News Brief #1 – Jan. 28, 2016 – Point-In-Time Count

Despite wind, rain and cool temperatures, an army of volunteers dressed in green made their way onto streets in Pinellas County, Fla. to participate in the annual homeless point-in-time count on January 28, 2016. The mission? Survey and count as many homeless persons as possible. Among the volunteers was Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Director Suzanne M. Klinker. She was one of dozens of VA employees that volunteered to participate in the count. She said the activity is an important part of VA’s mission to assist homeless veterans and to connect them to VA benefits they have earned and deserve.


For questions about Bay Visions News Brief or to share a story, please contact our Office of Public Affairs at vhabaypublicaffairs@va.gov.

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To view our ongoing video series titled Veteran Viewpoint, visit: www.baypines.va.gov/news/Viewpoint.asp