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Construction on schedule for Chico veterans outpatient clinic

Roughly a year after the groundbreaking ceremony, the walls of the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic are going up in southeast Chico. After months of foundation, underground and street work, the clinic is moving toward its opening in 2019. It is located...

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State money pushes Preston veterans home closer to reality

A veteran’s home proposed for Fillmore County received a $10.2 million boost from the state last month. The proposed facility was part of a public works construction bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 30. According to city administrator Joe Hoffman, the current...

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VA Discloses Rankings of 133 Nursing Homes

The Department of Veterans Affairs revealed its internal rankings of 133 VA nursing homes nationwide, allowing veterans and their families to see where their local facilities land in a one-to-five rating system. The VA posted the performance ratings onto its...

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New Veterans Affairs Clinic Moves Forward

Plans are rolling forward for the new Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic near Chums Corner. The Demas T. Craw Department of Veterans Affairs VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic will be located at 701 U.S. 31 South, just north of Chums Corner. Early this spring, the VA...

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VA clinic doubles in size in new Deltona location

The opening of the newly relocated VA clinic was celebrated Tuesday morning by local leaders, employees and West Volusia veterans alike. Veteran and Deltona resident Phillip Loranger said bringing the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic to...

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New VA Clinic Opens In Morris County

A new Veteran's Affair clinic and services office opened in Morris Township earlier this week. The new center is located within Morris View Healthcare Center, and is three times larger than the old VA center. The center opened on Thursday with a ceremony held by...

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Upgrades at VA praised by U.S. Rep. Banks

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks walked into the remodeled lobby of Fort Wayne's VA Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. It includes the “Veteran Sound Off Board,” where military veterans can jot down ideas for improvements at the medical center. Banks later examined fourth-floor...

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Virtual future of medicine

Last month, the Madigan Army Medical Center opened its new Virtual Critical Care Center (VC3). "It is a location where telecritical clinicians (nurses, doctors, and someday other specialties like pharmacists, respiratory therapists and nutritionists) can use...

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VA Choice program won’t run out of money this week

Patients using the Veterans Affairs Choice program for medical care won’t see appointments interrupted in the next two weeks, even if it takes the White House a few extra days to sign new funding for the service into law. VA officials repeatedly warned this month that...

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Lawmakers eye more dramatic management changes at VA

House lawmakers on Tuesday hinted at continued dramatic shake-ups at Veterans Affairs in months to come, this time taking aim at the department’s health management structure for a complete overhaul. Republicans and Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee...

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Brian Mast Named to House Veterans Affairs Committee

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., whose name has garnered buzz as a contender to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has been named to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee. Mast made the announcement of his new assignment on Wednesday. At the start...

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Groundbreaking eye surgery has Airmen seeing careers saved

 Every year, Air Force Academy Cadets and Airmen are found to have eyesight conditions that can disqualify them from flight status, according to Academy ophthalmologists. For patients with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia, the odds of their careers ending...

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VA Medical System Staggers as Chaos Engulfs Its Leadership

At first, it was one doctor quitting the tiny Ukiah Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Northern California. Then another left, and another, until of the five doctors there a year ago, only one remained. The Veterans Choice Act, passed by Congress amid scandalous...

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Plans move ahead for new VA health center in Cape Girardeau

Nearly four years after Congress approved initial funding for construction of a new veterans health care center in Cape Girardeau, final design work is slated to begin soon, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Angela Smith, public affairs officer...

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Bainbridge VA clinic to move to Oneonta

A federal Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Bainbridge will be moving to Oneonta, an Albany VA representative confirmed Monday. The VA is in the process of looking for an Oneonta location, but no timeline was indicated by spokesperson Joseph Trusso. Trusso said...

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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million for Veterans Facility

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care. Navajo Nation council members voted 19-0 this week to give $2.4 million toward the construction of a service center for...

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Air Force lab puts medical devices through their paces

“We break stuff,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brandi Ritter, chief of the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity, showing off the facility where her unit tests the devices medical Airmen use to complete their mission. “Well, maybe that’s not completely accurate,”...

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Debunking the VA Privatization Myth

There is no effort underway to privatize VA, and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans’ health care.  Facts Debunk the Privatization Myth: A Two-Decade Comparison...

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VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which...

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GSA Unveils Plan for Commercial Online Shopping Portal

Following instructions from Congress to create a new online shopping system leveraging existing commercial practices, the General Services Administration (“GSA”), in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), has released an implementation plan...

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Indianapolis VA director: We remain laser-focused

It’s a rare week that Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s name isn’t in the national news. But the head of the Indianapolis VA facility said he and his staff aren’t letting news reports get in the way of the care they provide to Indiana’s...

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville changes command

Capt. David Collins turned over leadership of Naval Hospital Jacksonville (comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics) to Capt. Matthew Case during a change of command ceremony at the hospital on March 16. Over 500 staff, family, friends, and guests...

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Fayetteville VA medical center names new director

A 32-year veteran of the Army has been named the new director of the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James Laterza, who retired from the Army last summer, has been appointed to the job at the VA. As director, he will oversee delivery of health care to...

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MOAA Presses Congress to Pass Veterans Health Care Reform

MOAA urged lawmakers to strike a bipartisan deal to replace VA Choice and consolidate existing community-care programs during a Wednesday joint House-Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. A year has passed without an agreement in Congress to replace the VA Choice program,...

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Trump considering Rick Perry to take over Veterans Affairs

President Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry. A source familiar with the White House discussions tells the Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a...

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Army Upgrades Frontline Surgical Teams

The 745th Forward Surgical Team, a detachment of the 31st Combat Support Hospital, became the Army's first unit to upgrade into a Forward Resuscitation and Surgical Team at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 6. The unit converted as part of a coordinated medical materiel...

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Amazon gains momentum in medical supply business

Amazon has been growing its medical supply business – selling gloves, syringes and other health-care sundries to dentists, doctors and hospitals – in an early sign of its efforts to enter the health care industry. Unlike Amazon’s secretive plans to shake up the...

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Change Healthcare Wins DIN PACS IV Contract

Change Healthcare today announced that it has been awarded a new Digital Imaging Network-PACS (DIN-PACS) IV contract by the United States Defense Logistics Agency. The DIN-PACS IV contract is a multiyear, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a...

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Why it’s a good time to be a federal contractor

PV Puvvada, the president of Unisys Federal ... sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Federal News Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C. JM: Talk about what you’re seeing, what impacts you have and what is impacting you. Give us a state...

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Veteran-Owned Company on the Move

Interior Fusion LLC, a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business and leader in Office, Medical, and Educational Furnishings located in Largo, Florida, are expanding their operations due to high demand in the office furniture industry for small businesses and...

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Oklahoma City facility opens new military mental health unit

Oakwood Springs, a behavioral health facility that opened in Oklahoma City less than a year ago, will open a new unit focused on military members, veterans and first responders. The 24-bed unit will open Wednesday, though members of the public who are curious can...

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Army Virtual Medical Center launches at BAMC

Army Medicine bolstered its virtual health initiative by launching the Army Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center Jan. 4. The kick-off ceremony featured demonstrations of cutting-edge virtual medical capabilities and a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony...

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Walter Reed Outpatient Annex Set to Open in 2018

“We have a significant construction project coming up over the next seven years called the Medical Center Addition and Alteration (MCAA) Project,” said Terri Lavoie, deputy assistant chief of staff in charge of Unified Coordination Program. “We will be demolishing...

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Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions awarded Army contract

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions is one of six companies awarded a $249 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract supporting research activities at four Army medical agencies over the next 10 years, according to a news release. “We are proud to...

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