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Lebanon VA Medical Center

 

Press Releases


2017

Lebanon VAMC Celebrates 70 Years of Service - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) is celebrating its 70th anniversary of service to the Veterans of South Central Pennsylvania. The Veterans’ hospital admitted its first patient on Sept. 15, 1947. The medical center currently treats more than 2,000 Veterans each day and 44,000 Veterans per year at its main Lebanon campus and its local community clinics. The goal of the hospital remains unchanged–caring for our nation’s warriors–however, the methods of care are constantly evolving. (09/14/2017)

September is Veteran Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere - Veteran suicide isn’t just a national issue, it’s one Lebanon VA Medical Center continues to focus on with programs and initiatives to make suicide prevention everyone’s business. The VA’s successful BeThere campaign continues to bring attention and support, emphasizing the fact that one small act could save the life of a Veteran or Service Member in crisis. (09/01/2017)

Lancaster VA Community Clinic to Reopen August 21 - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announce the Lancaster VA Community Clinic will reopen for all services beginning Monday, Aug. 21 following a temporary relocation of appointments due to a water leak. (08/18/2017)

Lebanon VAMC Presents Best Practices at VA Innovation Demo Day - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) staff are presenting two best practices developed locally at a national VA innovation event being held today at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “VA Innovation Demo Day is an exciting event for VA and all the stakeholders attending as it gives us an opportunity to continue to push VA forward in terms of modernization while sharing ideas that can benefit the entire VA health care system and ultimately improve how we serve Veterans,” said Andrea Ippolito, VA Innovators Network lead. “Lebanon is going to have an opportunity to present some innovative concepts that can be beneficial across VA while being exposed to other concepts that could be implemented locally to improve the Veteran experience.” (08/08/2017)

Lancaster VA Community Clinic Services Temporarily Relocated Due to Water Leak Damage - Veterans with appointments currently scheduled at the Lancaster VA Community Clinic are being contacted to reschedule with their providers at alternate locations in the Lebanon VA Medical Center system due to water leak damage at the facility located in the Greenfield Corporate Center, 1861 Charter Lane, Suite 120, Lancaster. The issue originated with a clean domestic water leak that started over the weekend in the central portion of the leased clinic space. (08/07/2017)

Telehealth Options Enhance Veteran Experience at Lebanon VAMC - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced the expansion of its telehealth services Friday as part of a national VA initiative. Lebanon VAMC will be part of the national rollout of a new web-based video application, called VA Video Connect (VVC), which will allow Veterans receiving VA care to access telehealth care services on their smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Specifically, VVC will give Veterans access to receive real-time video care from wherever they are, when that makes sense for their specific clinical need. Veterans will be able to privately interact with their VA care team over live encrypted video using the camera on their smartphone, tablet or computer. (08/04/2017)

Lebanon VAMC Ranks Above Peers in Patient Satisfaction - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) ranks above its peers in the Survey of Health Care Experiences of Patients (SHEP) according to the most recent national survey of VA medical facilities. The SHEP survey is a national diagnostic instrument administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to measure patient satisfaction. The survey evaluates 16 different dimensions of patient care. Lebanon VAMC scored significantly better than the national peer average in 10 of the 16 areas and better than the peer average in 15 of the 16 measures of satisfaction. (07/05/2017)

Lebanon VAMC and York County Veterans Affairs to Host Veterans Town Hall in Red Lion - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC), which oversees the York VA Community Clinic, have partnered with York County Veterans Affairs, to host a Veterans town hall meeting June 6 at 7 p.m. at Pleasant View Elementary School, 700 Delta Rd., Red Lion. The town hall will allow Veterans to receive an update on county-related Veterans issues as well as VA items of interest including the CHOICE program, plans for the York VA Community Clinic, emergency care coverage procedures for Veterans, women’s health care provided at the York Clinic and more. (05/26/2017)

Lebanon VAMC to Host Veterans Town Hall on May 31 - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) invite area Veterans and local organizations providing services to Veterans to attend a town hall meeting being held May 31 at 4 p.m. in Building 37 at Lebanon VAMC, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon. The town hall event provides Veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments at VA, provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VAMC senior leadership. (05/19/2017)

Lebanon VAMC Receives National Award for Achievements in Sustainability - In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) today received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. (05/18/2017)

Lebanon VAMC and Dauphin County to Host Veterans Breakfast and Town Hall - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) and the Dauphin County Commissioners invite area Veterans to attend a Veterans breakfast and town hall meeting May 18 at 8 a.m. at the Lower Swatara Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown. Dauphin County Commissioners will be in attendance and provide a complimentary breakfast to Veterans attending. The event provides Veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on current Veterans issues, the latest developments at VA, provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VAMC senior leadership and county Veterans representatives. (05/01/2017)

VA Officials Present National Clinical Leadership Award to Lebanon VAMC Clinician - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs senior leadership presented the 2016 Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Leadership to Dr. Scott T. Shreve in a ceremony held today at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. “Lebanon is a wonderful place and has been a leader in providing care to Veterans at their time of greatest need for over twenty years,” said Dr. Shreve. “The mission of VA’s hospice and palliative care program is to honor Veterans’ preferences. Our job is to find out what is important to the Veteran and their family and help them accomplish that whatever it takes.” (04/21/2017)

Lebanon VAMC to Host Berks County Veterans Town Hall - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC), which oversees the Berks County Community Clinic located in Wyomissing, invite area Veterans to attend a town hall meeting being held April 4 at 3 p.m. at the Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport. The town hall event provides Veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments at VA, provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VAMC senior leadership. (03/22/2017)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Chosen to be Innovation Site - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) are proud to announce they were recently selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as one of 22 sites making up the VA Innovators Network. The program encourages the development of new treatment techniques, streamlining administrative tasks and improving customer experience. Each innovation site is encouraged to create innovative treatment methods, which if successful, will be shared with the network of medical centers around the country. The selection requirements were based on a review of 12 parameters, including: proposed Veteran-centered approach, plans to empower and engage employees and collaboration with the community. Lebanon VAMC now has 2 innovation specialists on site who will oversee the medical center’s innovation program. (03/07/2017)

Lebanon VAMC to Host Veterans Town Hall at Fort Indiantown Gap - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) invite area Veterans to attend a town hall meeting being held March 9 at 2 p.m. at the USO Center located at the intersection of Asher Miner Road and Clement Avenue, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa. The town hall event provides Veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments at VA, provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VAMC senior leadership. (03/07/2017)

Optometry Appointments Available for Direct Schedule by Veterans - Veterans receiving care at Lebanon VA Medical Center are now able to directly schedule routine optometry appointments without a referral. This change is part of an access initiative implemented in 2016 that initially provided Veterans the ability to directly schedule audiology appointments. “All Veterans that are eligible for VA care can receive ocular health exams. Veterans who are enrolled with Lebanon VAMC can now pick up the phone and directly schedule an optometry appointment with the scheduling line,” said Dr. Rebecca Sterner, optometry chief at Lebanon VAMC. “Primary care providers will now have more time to care for Veterans, rather than generating routine optometry referrals.” (01/19/2017)

Lebanon VAMC does not Solicit Donations from Individuals - Officials at Lebanon VA Medical Center are reminding the community that the medical center will never solicit donations from individuals at off-site locations or via phone. Lebanon VA Medical Center has received numerous reports of individuals claiming to represent the medical center soliciting money by phone or in front of local businesses. Individuals observing any potential fraudulent activities should contact their local police department. (01/13/2017)

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2016

Lebanon VAMC Director Temporarily Leading Wilmington VAMC - Robert W. Callahan, Jr. Director and CEO of south central Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Veterans Medical Center, will be temporarily detailed to the Wilmington VA Medical Center in Delaware. Callahan will be following Robin C. Aube-Warren, who is being detailed to the VA Healthcare VISN 4 Headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The effective date for this move is October 16, 2016. (10/12/2016)

Veterans Now Able to Directly Schedule Routine Audiology Appointments at Lebanon VA Medical Center - Veterans receiving care at Lebanon VA Medical Center are now able to directly schedule routine hearing appointments through the audiology clinic without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker. The medical center is also working to implement the same initiative for optometry appointments by the end of 2016. (09/19/2016)

Suicide Prevention Month: BeThere - Today marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month, and the Lebanon VA Medical Center, along with the entire Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is asking for the nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide. VA is calling on community leaders, supervisors, colleagues, friends, and family members to BeThere for Veterans and Servicemembers starting with a simple act, which can play a pivotal role in preventing suicide. (09/01/2016)

VA Awards $2.85 Million Locally in Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an announcement Tuesday awarded $2.58 million in grants to six local organizations serving Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York counties under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program which helps thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing. (08/31/2016)

Lebanon VAMC Canteen Receives National Recognition - PatriotCafé, PatriotBrew and PatriotStore Receive Recognition as Best of the Best The Lebanon VA Medical Center Canteen received the outstanding canteen of the year award in the small canteen service category for the third year in a row during a ceremony held Aug. 11, 2016. “Three years in a row is really incredible, and you all epitomize what canteen stands for — service and quality,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director, as he congratulated the staff during the ceremony. “The work culture and work ethic here is what brings your work to be noticed by so many people.” (08/12/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Director Receives Prestigious Award - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) is proud to announce that Medical Center Director and Chief Executive Officer, Robert W. Callahan, Jr. received the American Legion’s, Department of Pennsylvania, 2016 Distinguished Service Award. According to American Legion officials, this is the first time a medical center director has received the award. It was presented to Callahan during the American Legion’s annual statewide convention on Saturday. Callahan was appointed Director of Lebanon VA Medical Center on November 11, 2007. He began his VA career in 1993 as an Occupational Safety & Health Manager at Lebanon VAMC. In 1997, Callahan became the Facility Manager at the Butler VAMC in Butler, PA. In December 2000, he moved to the three division VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) as the Vice President for Facility Management. In October 2003, he became the Associate Medical Center Director for Site Management at VAPHS before being tapped to oversee Lebanon VAMC. (07/20/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Hires Board Certified Dermatologist - Lebanon VA Medical Center has hired Dr. Mark Gibbs, a board certified dermatologist, for its specialty dermatology clinic. Dr. Gibbs’ father, who is also a physician, served in three wars during his 34 years in the Army. Dr. Gibbs said he is honored to serve Veterans at the medical center. His father was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism. “I grew up with the military,” Gibbs said, “I value what Veterans have done. I know what it means to serve, and I look forward to serving the Vets.” (07/19/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Reopens Building 17 Following Bomb Threat - Lebanon VA Medical Center reopened Building 17 at 11:30 a.m. today following a bomb threat earlier in the morning. The facility was cleared by emergency response officials who used canines trained to find explosives. No explosives were discovered. Building 17 primarily houses the center's outpatient services. As a result of the incident, appointments scheduled in Building 17 for July 14, 2016, were rescheduled. (07/14/2016)

National Veterans Health Administration Releases Comprehensive Veterans’ Suicide Report - The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) just released the most comprehensive study of Veteran suicide ever undertaken. The database includes more than 55 million subjects – both civilians and Veterans from all 50 states. The data indicates that suicide among adults has risen nationally by 23% since 2001. The study also shows that Veterans are at a higher risk of suicide than the public. Approximately 20 Veterans die every day as result of suicide. Significantly, Veterans who use VA health care have drastically lower suicide rates than veterans who do not use VA. (07/08/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center and HACC Partner to Train Area Veterans - Area veterans can achieve pathways to local employment with a new partnership between the Lebanon VA Medical Center and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. Through an agreement recently signed by Lebanon VA Medical Center and HACC, the College will provide instruction at the new state-of-the-art Center for Veterans Enterprise in four programs: Culinary Arts Certificate, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate, Personal Trainer Certificate and Physician Office Assistant Certificate. Class sizes will be limited to provide a more personal educational experience for students. (07/05/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Shares First Place in Patient Satisfaction - Lebanon VA Medical Center is proud to share recent patient survey results which indicate the South Central Pennsylvania Medical Center is one the top rated Veterans hospitals in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 4. The local VA medical facility shared the top spot with two other VA facilities in Pennsylvania. (06/01/2016)

Lebanon VA Doctor Selected for Top Surgical Spot - Lebanon VA Medical Center is proud to announce that Carl Reese, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.S Associate Chief of Staff, Surgery has accepted the role of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 4 Chief Surgical Consultant (VCSC). The VCSC is responsible of the oversight of clinical outcomes, standards of care, and best practices for all of the VISN facilities engaged in surgical care. (06/01/2016)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Receives High Ratings in Recent Veteran Satisfaction Survey Results - Lebanon VA Medical Center is proud to share the recently published Survey of Healthcare Experience of Patient (SHEP) Inpatient Dimensions of Care results. These scores reflect data from October 2015 through January 2016. This measure is utilized by VA Medical Centers throughout the nation to obtain feedback on customer satisfaction. SHEP asks Veterans to score their experiences in 12 areas, and compares performance regionally and nationally. (05/06/2016)

VA Healthcare – VISN 4 Announces New Chief Medical Officer - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Timothy Burke as the new Chief Medical Officer of VISN 4. Dr. Burke served as the acting chief medical officer for VISN 4 from June 2014 to June 2015 and since December 2015. In this position, Dr. Burke oversees the delivery of health care to more than 321,000 Veterans with an operating budget of $2.7 billion. (03/11/2016)

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