Press Releases - Lebanon VA Medical Center
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Lebanon VA Medical Center


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Lebanon VAMC administers 6,500 COVID-19 doses - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon VAMC) announced that it has administered over 6,500 COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA healthcare workers. As of Feb. 3, Lebanon VAMC dispensed at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine to more than 5,000 individuals. “Lebanon VAMC has completed phase 1a of our vaccine plan which included the medical center’s health care personnel and our community living center residents. We are currently in vaccination phase 1b which includes enrolled Veterans aged 75+. We are getting vaccine into the arms of Veterans as quickly and safely possible”, said United States Army Colonel (R) Stuart A. Roop, MD, FCCP, Chief of Staff. “We are providing the vaccine at our main campus in Lebanon with plans to expand regular distribution to our VA community clinics as vaccine supplies increase. The next phase of vaccination, which should begin within the next 2 weeks, will include Veterans aged 65+ years old.” (02/04/2021)

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Lebanon VAMC hires new associate director/chief operating officer - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that following a national search, Jaconda Lightburn, Ph.D., has been appointed as the associate director/chief operating officer at Lebanon VA Medical Center effective January 17, 2021. “I am very excited to welcome Dr. Lightburn to the Lebanon VA Medical Center as our newest chief operating officer. She brings a wealth of leadership and administrative experience necessary to succeed in health care leadership,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of the Lebanon VA Medical Center. (12/28/2020)

Lebanon VAMC begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will begin COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine. “Lebanon VA is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veteran community living center residents,” said Stuart A. Roop, MD, Lebanon VA Chief of Staff. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered. As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.” (12/22/2020)

Lebanon VAMC begins scheduling COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Veterans 75 or older - Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced it will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for Veterans aged 75 years and older this week. All Veterans, regardless of their age or priority group, may indicate their interest in receiving the COVID vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page. Veterans do not need to contact the medical center to schedule an appointment for the vaccine; instead, VA staff will contact and schedule them based on priority and availability of vaccine. (12/20/2020)

Lebanon VAMC opens new sterile processing service facility - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) held a ribbon cutting for its new Sterile Processing Service (SPS) facility Nov. 16. Every day, in health care facilities nationwide, providers reuse medical equipment (such as surgical instruments, accessory devices, and endoscopes) that has been properly cleaned and sterilized. At VA facilities, SPS ensures instruments are properly sterilized before they are reused. VA SPS teams, who reprocess instruments, are at the forefront of the department's fight against hospital-acquired infections. (11/17/2020)

Lebanon VA Associate Director Assumes Leadership Role at Coatesville VA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced that its Associate Director, Jeffrey A. Beiler II, has been selected to be the Director of the Coatesville VA Medical Center effective October 11, 2020. (10/07/2020)

Lebanon VAMC opens new Pain Procedure Clinic - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced the opening of its new Pain Procedure Clinic Monday, August 31. The new pain clinic is the location for consultation with a pain specialist who will recommend, coordinate, and execute a multidisciplinary pain plan of care for Veterans suffering from chronic pain. Injections will be performed in the clinic under fluoroscopic and ultrasonographic guidance. The new Pain Procedure Clinic provides a modernized area to consolidate and expand access to pain management services at Lebanon VAMC in 1,500 square feet of recently renovated space. The clinical space includes 2 Procedure Rooms, 1 Exam Room, and 1 Recovery Room. The renovations cost $72,000. Construction was completed by the Lebanon VA Engineering Construction Crew. Dr. Eugene Raggi, Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Chief stated, “I am honored to be the Pain Physician for those who have served of our country. I perform comprehensive pain evaluations and interventional pain procedures which help Veterans lead full and satisfying lives.” (09/01/2020)

VA to award 4 grants to help prevent and end Veteran homelessness in south central Pennsylvania - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will award four grants to community organizations totaling more than $1.5 million under the Grant Per Diem (GPD) program. The local awardees include: Tabor Community Services, Inc., the YMCA of Reading and Berks County and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg (which received 2 grants). The GPD Program provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless Veterans, with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income and obtain greater self-determination. (08/20/2020)

Lebanon VA Receives Award for Overall Excellence in Patient Experience - The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently recognized the Lebanon VA Medical Center for Overall Excellence in Patient Experience. Lebanon VA Medical Center was among 8 finalists across the country who exemplified exceptional Patient Experience and Employee Experience scores in patient satisfaction, trust and VA’s All Employee Survey (AES) Best Places To Work. Programs such as Way-Finding Kiosks, Own The Moment training, and Veterans Advisory Council have all contributed to the overall patient and employee experience. (07/30/2020)

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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