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Lebanon VA Medical Center

 

Press Releases


2020

VA Secretary visits Lebanon VA Medical Center - Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert L. Wilkie, toured Lebanon VA Medical Center and met with senior leaders to discuss national VA initiatives, like the VA response to COVID-19, as well as the facility’s unique programs and innovations July 21. (07/21/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center surpasses 6,700 video visits in 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that video telehealth appointments to Veterans’ homes increased over 1000%, as Veterans increasingly chose virtual care through VA Video Connect during the Covid-19 pandemic. In South Central Pennsylvania, Lebanon VA Medical Center has conducted nearly 7,000 telehealth appointments this year. VA Video Connect allows Veterans and their caregivers to meet virtually with their VA care teams on any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection. As in-person interactions decreased in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VA Video Connect supported Veterans’ abilities to continue care and remain safely at home. Usage of video to home services has been increasing since mid-March with peak usage reaching over 29,000 appointments per day nationwide. (07/07/2020)

Safe Mental Health Care during the COVID-19 outbreak - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Now more than ever, Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) is committed to providing high-quality mental health care while keeping Veterans safe from exposure to the coronavirus. To help reduce the risk of infection at the facility, Lebanon VAMC asks that Veterans use VA’s online resources for routine or non-urgent mental health care and questions. This will help protect Veterans from contracting COVID-19 while enabling providers at the medical center to focus on care for Veterans with the most acute needs. (04/30/2020)

Lebanon VAMC implements FDA emergency use authorization to sterilize and reuse N-95 masks - Lebanon VA Medical Center announced that it has implemented an approved US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization to sterilize and reuse N-95 masks. Lebanon VA’s Sterile Processing Service (SPS) implemented the new procedure this week which uses Steris V-PromaX to sterilize the protective masks for front line caregivers of patients who have or are suspected to have the coronavirus. The process uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide for disinfection. The SPS employees incorporated additional technology and monitoring into the process to improve safety beyond the federally mandated requirements. The SPS team also developed a system to ensure the safe return of N95 masks to the original user. (04/22/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center limits services at its five VA Community Clinics due to COVID-19 pandemic - Lebanon VA Medical Center has announced that its five VA Community Clinics located in Wyomissing, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster, Pottsville and York will be limiting services, effective March 31, 2020, to protect the safety of Veterans and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. All scheduled outpatient Community Clinic visits will be conducted via a telephone or video visit or rescheduled as appropriate. Walk-in appointments at VA Community Clinics will not be available. Labs will only be drawn at the main Lebanon campus. A health care provider team remains always available to address Veterans health care needs. Veterans needing a telephone appointment can call (717) 272-6621, ext. 5105. All providers caring for Veterans will have access to necessary medical records. Any Veterans having a medical or mental health emergency should, as always, dial 911 immediately. (03/30/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center limiting visitation, VA Nursing Home admissions, appointments to continue - For the protection of our inpatient Veterans, Lebanon VA Medical Center has implemented a Restricted Visitation status for all inpatient beds and has discontinued all direct admissions to the Community Living Centers (long term care). Family members are encouraged and requested to contact the clinical treatment teams should they have any questions or concerns. These visitation restrictions apply to those visiting inpatients; this does not apply to those transporting Veterans or accompanying them to their outpatient appointments. The medical center continues to closely follow guidance from Veterans Health Administration and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relative to managing health care in light of COVID-19. (03/11/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Adopting New Entry Measures to Protect Veterans and Staff - Lebanon VA Medical Center will begin screening measures for anyone entering its main campus or community clinics beginning Monday, March 9, 2020 at 5:30 am to protect Veterans, staff, volunteers and visitors against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The medical center will restrict access to the grounds. Veterans, volunteers and visitors are required to use the 1700 South Lincoln Avenue entrance. All Veterans, visitors, volunteers and staff will be screened utilizing 3 questions. “We apologize in advance for any delays or inconveniences this may cause, however, we believe, preparation is the judicious course of action and we are taking steps to ensure our Veterans, staff, volunteers, visitors and others coming to our campus are screened and appropriately cared for,” said VAMC Director, Robert W. Callahan, Jr. “While this process will be an inconvenience, we are implementing a plan that allows us to pre-screen individuals entering the campus and provide care for those who need it. We strongly encourage Veterans who have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms to call their primary care provider before traveling to the main campus or community clinics. Veterans who are registered in the My HealtheVet program may be able to receive treatment through VA Video Connect.” (03/07/2020)

Lebanon VAMC unveils cancer-fighting facility, procedure during National Cancer Prevention Month - Lebanon VA Medical Center held a ribbon cutting for its new cancer center and urology outpatient clinic yesterday in addition to acquiring an advanced bronchoscopy capability to help diagnose Veterans with possible lung cancer. “We are very pleased to have these offerings for Veterans [patients] here,” said Dr. Stuart Roop, chief of staff. “The cancer center and urology outpatient clinic will work together to fight prostate cancer, the number two leading cause of cancer death for men, and bladder cancer the number eight cause of cancer death for men. In addition, our new navigational bronchoscopy system greatly advances our ability to diagnose and stage lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer death for both men and women. It is fitting to have these new initiatives revealed this month.” The cancer center and urology outpatient clinic features, five procedure rooms equipped with the latest in medical technology and eight exam rooms. The facility is 9,000 square feet and cost $5.5 million. (02/26/2020)

Veterans give Lebanon VA Medical Center high marks - Veterans who are patients at Lebanon VA Medical Center rate the hospital better than Pennsylvania and national averages, according to the results of this quarters national standardized survey of hospital inpatients. The survey is the VA Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients (SHEP) inpatient survey that uses the same items as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey and is administered to allow hospital comparisons, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website. (02/20/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center earns accreditation for new psychology intern program - The Psychology Doctoral Internship program at Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) earned a full three-year full accreditation from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. “Having an accredited program is a benefit to both students and Veterans,” explained Melissa Cyrus, who holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed psychologist as well as the Director of Clinical Training, Psychology Lead for Lebanon VAMC. “The Veterans benefit with additional professionals assisting with their care, and the doctoral candidates gain valuable experience and are introduced to the VA as a possible career path,” she said. (01/16/2020)

Lebanon VA Medical Center in top 20 for 'Best Places to Work' - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) employees gave the facility high marks in the 'Best Places to Work' VA survey, placing it in the top twenty VA medical centers nationwide according to the results of the 2019 All Employee Survey administered to all VA employees. The results of the survey, made available to all employees and supervisors, provides data that is used to develop plans for improvement or identify areas of sustainment in the categories of job satisfaction, engagement and just culture. In addition to 'Best Places to Work', highlights of 2019 include: improvements in supervisor employee relationships, All Employee Survey results sharing and innovation and workplace diversity. (01/10/2020)

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2019

Lebanon VAMC receives approval to open new VA Community Clinic in Adams County - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has received approval to open a new VA Community Clinic in Adams County to provide area Veterans improved access to primary and mental health care services closer to their homes. “Lebanon VAMC is excited to expand our ability to conveniently care for Veterans by bringing VA primary care and mental health services to Adams County through a new VA Community Clinic,” said Katie Reesor, Lebanon VAMC’s VA Community Clinics manager. “The approval to open a community clinic in Adams County will allow us to better serve over 4,000 Veterans with primary and behavioral health care closer to where they live.” The new clinic will increase the number of Lebanon VAMC’s service locations in South Central Pennsylvania from seven to eight and allow VA to more conveniently serve over 4,000 eligible Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care in Adams County. (12/23/2019)

Lebanon VAMC, Lebanon Valley College therapeutic photography implemented at other VA hospitals - A therapeutic photography pilot program developed here is beginning implementation at other VA hospitals using the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs innovation investment program designed to ensure best practices are spread throughout the VA health care system. This innovative ten-week program, called The Seeing Lens, fuses therapy and art together to assist Veterans in recovery by increasing skills such as self-awareness, coping and mindfulness. Each week focuses on a different aspect of recovery and ties it to photography. For example, the recovery topic of clarity and attention is tied to the photography lecture on aperture and depth of field. Each Veteran enrolled in the program is provided a camera and a textbook for the duration of the course. (12/03/2019)

VA info and enrollment event scheduled at Lancaster County VA Clinic - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event with walk-in flu shots Nov. 22 at the Lancaster County VA Clinic, 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Suite 208, Lancaster from 1-3 p.m. The event will provide Veterans with the opportunity to apply for VA health care on site, learn about the various VA benefits available to them and speak with VA officials on any questions they may have. Veterans interested in applying for VA health care on the spot should bring their DD 214s, 2018 income tax return and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. The free event is open to the public and will feature numerous Lebanon VAMC informational displays highlighting: general VA benefits, health care enrollment/eligibility and suicide prevention. Flu shots will also be provided on a walk-in basis to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. (11/18/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to host Veterans info and enrollment fair Nov. 12 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and enrollment fair Nov. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Building 17 of the facility located at 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. Veterans will have the opportunity to apply for VA health care during the event. Those interested in applying on-the-spot should bring their DD 214s, 2018 income tax return or 2018 income information and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 272-6621, ext. 6000. The free event is open to the public and will feature numerous informational displays highlighting: suicide prevention, women’s health, clinical services, community clinics, pharmacy services, telehealth, visual impairment and rehab services, home based primary care, Veterans employment, and environmental exposure programs. “I encourage any Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care to come and see why VA health care is rated so highly and learn about the other VA benefits available to them,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “Our staff welcomes the opportunity to apply for enrollment in the largest integrated patient care system in the country and provide you with information on the benefits you have earned.” (11/06/2019)

Military, Veterans may receive free tickets at Oct. 21 event on VA campus for Hershey Bears Hometown - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center’s (VAMC) Voluntary Service Office will host the Hershey Bears on Oct. 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a player and mascot meet and greet and free ticket distribution to active military and Veterans in Building 37 on the medical center campus. Complimentary tickets will be provided to active military and Veterans and their immediate family as part of the organization’s Seats for Soldiers & Veterans Program for the Nov. 10 Hometown Heroes game being held at 5 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey. A voucher for a soda and popcorn is also included. “We’re honored to be able to come out to Lebanon VA Medical Center on Oct. 21 and provide an opportunity for those in the area who served in the military and their families to come join us for our annual Hometown Heroes Night on Nov. 10,” said Bryan Helmer, Hershey Bears vice president of hockey operations. “Stop by the VA on Oct. 21 with your families and meet some of our players, our mascot Coco and take advantage of this opportunity to pick up tickets to come cheer on the Bears on Nov. 10 while we honor our hometown heroes.” (10/16/2019)

Cumberland County VA Clinic adds cardiology and pulmonary services - Veterans now have increased care options at Lebanon VA Medical Center’s (VAMC) Cumberland County VA Clinic located at 5070 Ritter Road with cardiology and pulmonary services being offered on-site. Lebanon VAMC’s Cumberland County VA Clinic added the specialties to provide Veterans with better quality and safety, as well as, more coordinated health care. An additional benefit for Veterans is increased convenience, since Veterans no longer need to drive to the main campus in Lebanon to meet with these specialists. “We are excited to have cardiology and pulmonary added to the team at Cumberland County VA Clinic,” said Dr. Stuart Roop, chief of staff at Lebanon VAMC. “By increasing care options, we ensure Veterans have a comprehensive and seamless health care plan with VA.” (10/15/2019)

Lebanon VAMC and Lebanon courts create first-in-nation guardianship program - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) partnered with the Lebanon County Court Administrator to develop a first in the nation process to improve guardianship for certain Veterans. Guardianship is a legal process used when an individual is determined to be unable to care for their person or property. The courts appoint a guardian to assist an individual, known as a ward, with personal and medical needs. This issue may be encountered in a medical setting during chronic or long-term illnesses, according to Sarah Primak, a licensed clinical social worker with Lebanon VAMC. Generally, a Veteran’s family or friends step forward to become the Veteran’s guardian, but there are a few cases each year when a Veteran does not have those options. (10/09/2019)

VA benefits events scheduled in York, Gettysburg - LEBANON, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event with walk-in flu shots; Oct. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the York County VA Clinic, 2251 Eastern Blvd., York; and Oct. 19 from 8 a.m.-noon at American Legion Post 202, 528 E. Middle St., Gettysburg. The free events are open to the public and will feature numerous Lebanon VAMC informational displays highlighting: enrollment/eligibility, suicide prevention and visual impairment and rehabilitation services. Flu shots will also be provided on a walk-in basis to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. (10/08/2019)

Lebanon VA Medical Center goes smoke free Tuesday - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC), along with all VA medical centers and community clinics nationwide, will implement a policy eliminating smoking while on the grounds of VA health care facilities beginning October 1, 2019. Although VA has historically permitted smoking in designated areas, there is growing evidence that smoking and exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke creates significant medical risks for patients’ health and welfare, as well as, their safety. Accordingly, VA is implementing this policy to proactively protect the health of Veterans, staff, volunteers, vendors and visitors. “Our smoke-free policy is similar to other local health care facilities’ initiatives,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “As Central Pennsylvania’s only health care provider serving solely Veterans, we want to promote a healthy lifestyle to all who visit our campus. We’re providing comprehensive resources for our employees and Veterans who want to quit smoking.” (09/24/2019)

Health care delivery begins under new VA contract - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced that today marks the beginning of community health care delivery to local Veterans under the VA’s contract awarded to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc., part of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. “The new Community Care Network (CCN) contract awards reflect our ongoing commitment to increasing Veterans access to care,” said U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert L. Wilkie, “and were designed based on feedback from Veterans and other stakeholders.” “We are confident it will greatly improve care coordination for local Veterans here in South Central Pennsylvania and improve the timeliness of payments to our local community providers,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. (09/17/2019)

Lebanon VA Medical Center expands podiatric certification for surgical residents - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) received an added credential for its podiatric surgical residents in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR/RRA) by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education this spring with an effective date this summer. The credential allows surgical residents to be certified to operate on the heel and ankle, as well as the rest of the foot, providing a benefit for patients needing complex surgery, according to Dr. Richard D. LaTour, deputy chief of staff - surgery. (07/29/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to host Veterans benefits seminars at Perry County libraries in Blain and Marysville - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold free Veterans benefits seminars from 2-4 p.m. on July 25 at the Community Library of Western Perry County, 104 E. Main St., Blain, and on August 13 at the Marysville-Rye Library, 198 Overcrest Road, Marysville. The free events are open to the public and will feature an informational table showcasing the wide range of benefits available through VA to include health care. A formal half-hour presentation will also be held at 3.p.m. at each event that gives an overview of VA and benefits offered. Perry County Director of Veterans Affairs James Scott will also be available at each event to meet and assist Veterans. (07/17/2019)

Water leak at Lebanon VA Medical Center closes Building 1 public elevators - Addendum: July 17, 2019, 3:15: p.m. - Public elevator service in Building 1 is restored. Visitation schedules are normal. Thank you to our Veterans, their families, friends and the community for your understanding. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has announced that a water pipe was breached in Building 1 at the main campus earlier today discharging a large volume of water and shutting down public elevator service in the building. The service elevator is operational. Water damaged the electrical systems of the public elevators making them inoperable. Civilian and government response teams are currently on site working to restore service to these elevators. (07/16/2019)

VA MISSION Act’s new urgent care benefit offers Veterans increased flexibility - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently rolled out a new urgent care benefit for Veterans enrolled and active in VA Health Care through the newly-implemented MISSION Act. VA’s new urgent care benefit allows enrolled Veterans to visit participating urgent care facilities within VA’s network for the treatment of injuries and illnesses that require immediate attention but are not life-threatening. Veterans receiving care through Lebanon VA Medical Center and its five community clinics can also continue to utilize same-day appointment access for urgent-care type issues for primary care and mental health. Veterans do not need to receive VA authorization prior to visiting an in-network urgent care facility. This benefit offers increased flexibility for Veterans traveling on summer vacations. Veterans may be billed a $30 copay when using the urgent care benefit depending on their priority group and number of urgent care visits within a calendar year. A nationwide list of VA medical facilities and in-network urgent care facilities and pharmacies is available at www.va.gov/find-locations or by calling 1-866-867-7930. (07/15/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to host Veterans info and enrollment fair July 3 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and enrollment fair July 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Building 17 of the facility located at 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. “I encourage any Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care to come and see why VA health care is rated so highly and learn about the other VA benefits available to them,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “Our staff welcomes the opportunity to enroll you in the largest integrated patient care system in the country and provide you with information on the benefits you have earned.” The free event is open to the public and will feature numerous informational displays highlighting: suicide prevention, women’s health, clinical services, our community clinics, pharmacy services, telehealth, visual impairment and rehab services, Veterans employment, and environmental exposure programs. Representatives from VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration, National Cemetery Administration and Vet Center community-based counseling centers will also be providing information on their benefits to attendees. (06/27/2019)

Lancaster County VA Clinic receives environmental design certification - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC)’s Lancaster County VA Clinic received a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification recently. This is the first LEED certification that Lebanon VAMC received, according to Thaddeus Kocuba, facilities manager. “We are proud to have earned this certification for our collaborative efforts in designing and constructing our new Lancaster County VA Clinic,” said Kocuba. “Our use of recycled building materials, efficiencies in energy usage, water saving receptacles and installation of facilities that promote biking or walking to work were cited as reasons for receiving the certification.” (06/25/2019)

Lebanon VAMC programs earn three-year ongoing accreditation - Eight programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) received three-year accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. The accreditation decision by CARF represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. (06/18/2019)

Lebanon VA Medical Center prepares to launch new VA health care options under MISSION Act - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will launch its new and improved community care program tomorrow, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act), which ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program. The MISSION Act will strengthen the nationwide VA Health Care System by empowering Veterans to have more options in their health care decisions. Under the new and improved Veterans Community Care Program, Veterans can work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if community care may be appropriate for them. Eligibility for community care does not require a Veteran to receive that care in the community; Veterans can still choose to have VA provide their care. Lebanon VA Medical Center has an emergency room open 24/7 and all primary care and mental health clinics offer same day service either at the Lebanon VAMC or the five community clinic locations. (06/05/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to host information and enrollment fair May 30; MISSION Act info will be available - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold an information and enrollment fair May 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Building 17 of the facility located at 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. Veterans will have the opportunity to register for VA health care during the event. Those interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD 214, 2018 income tax return or 2018 income information and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 272-6621, ext. 6000. Additionally, subject matter experts will be available to answer questions Veterans and caregivers may have about changes under the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act). The act is scheduled to take effect June 6. “I encourage any Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care to come and see why VA health care is rated so highly,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “Our staff welcomes the opportunity to enroll you in the largest integrated patient care system in the country.” (05/23/2019)

Lebanon VAMC invites female Veterans to May 16 Women’s Health Open House - As part of Women’s Health Week being held May 12-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Women’s Health Open House on May 16 for female Veterans from 1-4 p.m. in the Women’s Health Clinic located on the fifth floor of Building 17 of the facility located at 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. “Lebanon VA Medical Center is here to support women Veterans on their health journeys as well as focus on the needs of Veterans building new families,” said Joleen Turner, Lebanon VAMC Women’s Veteran Program Manager. “Our goal with this event is to further the understanding among women Veterans of the broad range of health services we have available here for them while showcasing the welcoming and supporting environment we have created here to care for them in.” (05/08/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to hold free Veteran-focused mental health summit in Reading - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will host a free community mental health summit with a focus on collaboration to further connect Veterans with mental health resources on May 10 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center at Penn State Berks, 2080 Tulpehocken Rd, Reading. “This summit is an important opportunity for the VA to bring together Veterans, and those who support them, to talk about mental health care needs and a recovery-oriented approach to Veteran care,” said event organizer Christine Brubaker. “We hope to enhance access to mental health services and further address the mental health care needs of Veterans and their family members by collaboration through these summits.” (05/03/2019)

VA to hold Veterans info and VA health care enrollment fair in Cumberland County - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event May 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Cumberland County VA Clinic, 5070 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg. The event will provide Veterans with the opportunity to register for VA health care on site, learn about the various VA benefits available to them and speak with VA officials on any questions they may have. Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD 214s, 2018 income tax return and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. (05/02/2019)

VA to hold Veterans info and VA health care enrollment fair in Schuylkill County - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Schuylkill County VA Clinic, 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2, Pottsville. The event will provide Veterans with the opportunity to register for VA health care on site, learn about the various VA benefits available to them and speak with VA officials on any questions they may have. Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD 214s, 2018 income tax return and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. (04/17/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to hold Veteran-focused mental health summit in Lititz - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will host a free community mental health summit with a focus on collaboration to further connect Veterans with mental health resources on April 12 from 8:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Luther Acres, 600 East Main Street, Lititz. “This summit is an important opportunity for the VA to bring together Veterans, and those who support them, to talk about mental health care needs and a recovery-oriented approach to Veteran care,” said event organizer Christine Brubaker. “We hope to enhance access to mental health services and further address the mental health care needs of Veterans and their family members by collaboration through these summits.” (04/01/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to recognize Vietnam Veterans at numerous South Central PA events on March 29 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will honor Vietnam Veterans through a variety of public commemoration events on March 29 as part of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin through the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration as a lasting memento of the nation's thanks. (03/25/2019)

Lebanon VAMC bringing care closer to Veterans through new video app - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has started using a new nationally-released VA app called VA Video Connect (VVC) to connect Veterans in real-time with their health care teams securely through the camera on their phone, tablet or computer. “VA Video Connect is an exciting addition to the many options we provide our Veterans for convenient care. VVC leverages technology – that many Veterans have in their hands – to connect them with their VA health care providers,” said Dr. Stuart A. Roop, Lebanon VAMC’s chief of staff. “Lebanon VA continues to explore and embrace options to make access to care as convenient as possible to South Central Pennsylvania’s Veterans while leveraging telehealth technologies to enhance the accessibility, capacity and quality of VA health care.” (03/19/2019)

Lebanon VAMC one of four sites selected to pilot new VA enrollment portal - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has been selected as one of four sites nationally to pilot a new enrollment portal for enrollment in VA health care as part of VA Secretary Robert Wilkie’s modernization priorities. “Lebanon VA Medical Center’s high utilization of the enrollment system here locally and the strong foundational knowledge base of our enrollment staff ultimately led to our selection as one of four VA sites nationally to pilot VA’s new enrollment portal,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director and CEO. “Lebanon has a history of being at the forefront of exciting changes in VA and we are extremely proud of our continued recognized ability to help pilot and ultimately steer the future of VA.” (02/26/2019)

Lebanon VAMC to hold VA info and health care enrollment fair in Berks County - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC), in conjunction with the Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs, will hold a Veterans information and VA health care enrollment event Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport. The event will provide Veterans with the opportunity to register for VA health care on site, learn about the various VA benefits available to them and speak with VA officials on any questions they may have. Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD 214, 2018 income tax return (if filed) or 2018 income information and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. “This event gives us an opportunity to connect with Veterans on their home turf and connect them with the benefits they have earned through their service. I encourage any local Veteran not enrolled in VA health care or unfamiliar with the benefits available to them to attend.” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “Lebanon VA Medical Center serves a nine-county area in South Central Pennsylvania and we always look forward to having the opportunity to showcase the quality care we provide to the Veterans of Berks County through our community clinic in Wyomissing and our main facility in Lebanon through events like these.” (02/25/2019)

Veterans open house and health care enrollment event being held Feb. 14 at Lebanon VAMC - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans open house and health care enrollment event Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Building 17 of the facility located at 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. Veterans will also have the opportunity to register for VA health care on site. Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD 214, 2018 income tax return (if filed) or 2018 income information and 2018 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Questions on what to bring to accomplish enrollment can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. (02/07/2019)

Lebanon VAMC reports accidental release of information - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center has announced that an unauthorized release of medical information occurred at the facility in late November 2018 and assorted information of 993 Veterans was inadvertently released via e-mail to the family member of a Veteran. (01/11/2019)

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