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Photo of Heather Brauer, Acting Chief, Engineering Service.Modernizing Facilities and Services for Veterans
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) is taking active steps to modernize and improve its facilities, programs, and services for the more than 108,000 Veterans who seek care from the organization.
Patient Ambassador Volunteers and employees involved in the Bay Pines VAHC’s Ready, Informed, Dedicated Employees (RIDE) program pose for a photo on November 29 during a Patient Ambassador Day event at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.Patient Ambassadors Enhance Veteran Experience
We are working to enhance the Veteran experience through a new initiative called Patient Ambassadors. The initiative is a volunteer-led activity concentrated on improving service through patient greeting and navigation.
A graphic showing the atomic structure of Cotinine.Researcher Awarded Patent for PTSD Treatment
Dr. Valentina Echeverria-Moran, an internationally recognized neuroscientist at Bay Pines VAHCS was recently awarded a patent for the therapeutic use of Cotinine in the treatment of PTSD.
C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center staff assist in transferring a Veteran patient utilizing a special mode duel use vehicle to one of the partnering VA medical center's in the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network.Bay Pines VA's Massive Response to Hurricane Irma
Over the course of about a week, the Bay Pines VA prepared for and recovered from Hurricane Irma - one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in history - with the help of many dedicated employees and volunteers.
Photo of the Bay Pines Mental Health CenterBay Pines to Ribbon Cut New Mental Health Center
The Bay Pines VAHCS will ribbon cut the new 155,000 square foot Mental Health Center located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to the public.
Army Veteran Bill Lofgren recalls his journey to recovery and how the VA helped him to overcome his challenges with substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during the annual Bay Pines Mental Health Summit.Community Gathers for Annual Mental Health Summit
Army Veteran Bill Lofgren recalls his journey to recovery and how the VA helped him to overcome his challenges with substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during the annual Bay Pines Mental Health Summit.
U.S. Air Force Veteran John Kasica stands outside building 1 at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical CenterRecovery is an ongoing journey
Air Force Veteran John Kasica walked into the doors of the PRRC for the first time. He was on edge, depressed, and in his own words “...lost with no direction or hope for the future.” That would soon change.
Photo of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Arthur HogueMarine Vet Starts Fresh After Stand Down Court
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Arthur Hogue was relieved of over $9,000 of fines and legal fees during a special court held at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event on April 8.
Photo of U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Bay Pines VA Social Worker Ilya BerlerBay Pines Social Worker and Vet Shares Unique Past
U.S. Army Combat Veteran and Bay Pines VA Social Worker Ilya Berler’s unique path to employment with VA started more than 17 years ago when he left Eastern Europe with his father and immigrated to the United States.
WiFi is HereComplimentary Wi-Fi is Here!
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) now offers complimentary wireless internet or “Wi-Fi” for Veterans and visitors at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (building 100) located in Bay Pines, Fla.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Technologist Dionne Hockett operates the new BioFire Blood Culture Identification system New Blood Culture ID System Improves Care for Vets
VA's Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a new system that lets doctors find harmful microorganisms in blood samples in just a few hours vs. three days with the old method.
National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.

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