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VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System

Local Features

Town Hall Meeting in Greenfield, MAVeterans Town Hall Underway
On February 9th at 5:30pm in the Sloan Theater on the Greenfield Community College campus in Greenfield, Massachusetts, VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS will host the first Veterans Town Hall meeting of the year.
Fitchburg clinic moves next doorVA Fitchburg moves To Phillip J. Philbin Building
The Fitchburg Outpatient Clinic staff . The new Fitchburg VA clinic space is on the back side of the Phillip J. Philbin Federal Building (Fitchburg Post Office) at 881 Main Street Fitchburg, MA.
MOVE! encourages a healthy eating planStrive for a healthy weight
Want to get in shape for the summer? Veterans enrolled in VA health care can register for MOVE!, a national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
Women's History MonthWomen in Science and Technology
Join us for our celebrationof Women's History Month as we recognize women who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
VA offers smoke cessation classesDon't Give Up On Quitting
No matter how long you’ve been smoking or trying to quit, you can be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is a challenge, but it is also the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health.
Three generations of family members gathered around the dinner tableNew Site for Guide to Long Term Care
The Long-Term Care Guide offers tools for you to plan ahead and involve your family member or support person, social worker and care team in making plans and decisions that are best for you.
Ruth Wheeler celebrated her 60 years as a VA volunteerRuth Wheeler: A Milestone in Volunteering
The second-longest serving volunteer in the VA system and the longest serving VA Volunteer in New England works right here in the VA Northampton Campus Business Office. Her name is Ruth Wheeler of Northampton.
VA clinicWorcester and Fitchburg realignment actions announced
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System has announced important changes for Worcester and Fitchburg VA patients.
My HealtheVet emblemWorcester Clinic first in nation with MY HEALTHeVET milestone
The Worcester Community-Based Outpatient Clinic became the first in the nation to hit an important milestone with My HealtheVet, the on-line program offered by the VA that allows Veterans to access their personal health records via the Internet.
Veterans talk to program managerGetting information to Veterans
VA hosted an information fair in partnership with Greenfield Community College's VetNet, GCC's organization for student Veterans.

From the Veterans Health Administration

VA nurses Heather Frank (L) and Jill Jefferson along with Simulator SAM during  ICU simulation training at the VA medical center in Des Moines, Iowa.Heather Frank - One of VA’s Top Nurses
Introducing Heather Frank, one of VA's and Iowa's, Top Nurses, whose extra effort has helped Vietnam Veterans in her Iowa Veteran Affairs hospital, receive awards for their service.
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Robert Hall and Primary Care Physician Dr. Sabrina FelsonVietnam Marine Corps Veteran – Forever Proud
Vietnam Vet, given grave cancer prognosis, says his top priority is family and his 11-month-old spirited grandson. “When my dad lies down next to him, Jayden just falls asleep.”
Veteran Lewis Taylor in Medical Foster HomeCouples Caring for Veterans in Foster Homes
There is an alternative to a nursing home for eligible Veterans. VA's Medical Foster Home Program is for Veterans no longer able to safely live independently. Here are two couples who participate.
Doctor and Veteran PatientSan Diego VA Doctor Patients’ Best Friend
He reminds his patients of “those doctors from 50 years ago where they sit down and talk to you and are like your best friend. ”Meet Dr. James Michelson of VA San Diego.
VA Nurse and patient talkingCaring for Veterans at Work and at Home
VA has great employees and some of the best are our nurses. Drema Bratton, a VA nurse for 37 years, was recently named Nurse of the Year at her Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A parent and Veteran sitting together“They Saved My Son's Life”
Families of Veterans with problems have a remarkable confidential VA program designed to assist them in finding the help they need with compassion, patience and understanding.
Social Add, Be there for a Veteran in CrisisBe There for a Veteran in Crisis
September is Suicide Prevention Month and VA is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide and calling on everyone to Be There for Veterans and Service members.
Veterans planking at the GymHealth and Fitness for Older Veterans
VA's Gerofit fitness and health promotion program reduces the risk of the need for nursing home care by developing individually tailored, functionally-based exercise for America's older Veterans.
Dr. Bush and Army Veteran Michael Fuller I am here to help, that is my gift to you.
VA Audiologist Dr. Erica Bush lost her hearing as a child and understands the challenges of Veterans with hearing problems. Read her inspiring story of turning her experiences into helping Veterans.
Army Veteran Michael Owen shaking hands with other volunteersWanted: Half a Million More Veterans to Volunteer
It's called the Million Veteran Program and we're half way there. A Veteran from Alabama became the 500,000th Veteran to voluntarily enroll in the program which may help to prevent and treat diseases.

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