Bay Pines VAHCS to Hold Veterans Town Hall Meeting July 12 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VAHCS to Hold Veterans Town Hall Meeting July 12

June 30, 2017

Event to be Focused on Suicide Prevention

BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Veterans town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the J.C. Cobb room located on the first floor of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (building 100) located at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, Fla. 33744. VA outreach services and program representatives will be available prior to the event starting at 3:00 p.m.  to assist Veterans. Services available will include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits assistance; and patient advocate services.

Unlike previous town hall meetings conducted by the Bay Pines VAHCS, the event will focus specifically on the issue of suicide among Veterans and ways the VA and the local community can collectively improve suicide prevention efforts. Veterans and their families, congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the town hall to learn about suicide prevention services available through the VA and to share ideas about ways to better assist Veterans in need.

“One suicide is one too many. The VA and our partners, communities, families, and friends must do better on behalf of those who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, in an editorial published on June 9.  Read the full editorial here:

“We must work harder together to expand available resources and access to vital mental health care services, create safety networks, educate and inform, eliminate bureaucracy and barriers, and intervene as appropriate to prevent suicides before they occur.  This is not just the responsibility of our healthcare system or the VA at large - it is everyone's responsibility,” she said.

This event is open to the media.  For media inquiries or advanced information, please call Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, at 727-398-9531, or email

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About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine 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. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at