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Lebanon VA Medical Center

 

Press Releases


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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2018

Secretary Wilkie: VA not affected in the event of partial government shutdown - In light of the possibility of a partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement: “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Congress, VA is fully funded for fiscal year 2019, and in the event of a partial government shutdown, all VA operations will continue unimpeded. (12/21/2018)

VA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets, according to Dartmouth study - According to an independent Dartmouth study recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals outperform private hospitals in most health care markets throughout the country. “This is proof that the hard work and dedication of our VA employees is making a real difference in the lives of our nation’s Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It validates the strong work we’re doing for Veterans under President Trump’s leadership in giving our heroes the very best quality of care that they have earned through their faithful service to our country.” (12/19/2018)

New Lancaster County VA Clinic Opens, Begins Seeing Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center’s new Lancaster County VA Clinic officially opened today and started providing services to Veterans at 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Suite 208, Willow Street. The new facility replaces a prior location operated at 1861 Charter Lane, Lancaster, and expands from 6,000 to 15,000 square feet of space. The new clinic features 16 exam rooms, one women’s health-specific exam room, seven behavioral health treatment rooms, one group therapy room, two optometry rooms and a physical therapy center. Services offered include: primary care, women’s health care, mental health care, preventative care, laboratory and point of care testing services, rehabilitation services and optometry services. (12/18/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 - The US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families. Yesterday evening, October 31, 2018, President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.” Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed November, “Veterans and Military Families Month”, marking the first time America celebrated Veterans and military families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day, in keeping with the President’s strong focus on improving care and benefits to our nation’s heroes. (11/01/2018)

VA and HUD Release More Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the award of $35 million in rental assistance vouchers to public housing agencies (PHAs) to combat homelessness among Veterans. These rental assistance vouchers, awarded through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, will allow 212 PHAs across the country to provide permanent supportive housing for more than 4,000 homeless Veterans. Locally, the Harrisburg Housing Authority received 17 vouchers or a total of $74,496, and the Housing Authority of the City of York received 12 vouchers or a total of $59,547 to support additional rentals. With these additions, Lebanon VA Medical Center is now able to assist 335 Veterans with the HUD-VASH program locally. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance vouchers from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded nationally and approximately 150,000 homeless Veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. The vouchers have contributed to the 46 percent decline in homelessness among Veterans nationally since the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was launched in 2010. In Harrisburg and York, PA, homelessness among Veterans has declined by 88 and 40 percent, respectively, since 2010. (10/24/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Is Successfully Treating Veterans with Hepatitis C Virus - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center announced it has successfully treated more than 550 Veterans who were diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). HCV is a long-term infection with a virus that can harm the liver reducing its function and ultimately leading to liver damage and potential liver failure. Persons born between 1945 – 1965 are at the greatest risk of infection. Individuals can become infected through a variety of ways: injection (IV) drug use – past or current, blood transfusions before 1992, snorting cocaine, needle stick injuries in hospitals, body piercing with unsterilized needles, tattoos with unsterilized ink or needles, sharing razors or toothbrushes or sexual transmission. (10/23/2018)

End of fiscal year hospital Star rating shows large improvement in overall quality of services - Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to remain transparent and hold VA facilities accountable, VA released its end of fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) hospital Star ratings, which evaluate and benchmark quality of care delivery at VA medical centers across the nation. Lebanon VA Medical Center was one of the facilities that made positive strides in the benchmarks and is striving to continue progress. It improved from a 3-Star rating to 5-Star rating. The Star rating designation is designed to help VA identify best practices of its top performing hospitals and share them across VA’s health care system to achieve system-wide improvements. (10/03/2018)

VA Report: Lebanon VAMC Continues Improvement in Quality of Services - Lebanon VA Medical Center exceeded the quality and efficiency benchmarks it set last year, making meaningful improvement of .45 percent, better than more than two-thirds of its peers. Using an annual web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released data that showed significant improvements at most of its health care facilities. (09/25/2018)

New Cumberland County VA Clinic Opens in Mechanicsburg - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced the grand opening at its new Cumberland County VA Clinic in Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The new VA clinic replaces the former facility in Camp Hill and is open to all Veterans qualified to receive VA health care. The 25,000-square-foot clinic includes 40 exam rooms, two women’s health rooms, two group therapy rooms, and 12 behavioral health treatment rooms. (09/19/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Wins Environmental Sustainability Award - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center announced it was recently named a winner in the Practice GreenHealth (PGH) Environmental Excellence Awards. The south-central Pennsylvania Veteran-centric health care system was a awarded a Greenhealth “Partner For Change” Award for its sustainable vehicle fleet. The local VA Medical Center replaced several on-site shop trucks, mail vehicles and vans with solar-powered electric vehicles. The vehicles fully meet the needs of the medical center and provide the additional benefits of reducing fuel use and avoiding pollution from vehicle idling. The electric vehicles also handle short distances better than standard vehicles, reducing maintenance costs for vehicles on-campus. (09/14/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Recruiting for ACPE Residency and CPE Internship Programs - Lebanon VAMC’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program has four openings for its resident pastoral program, which begins on October 1, 2018 and runs through September 30, 2019. The program is accredited through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Decatur, GA. Applications for the ACPE residency program are due immediately. Requirements include a completed CPE application, copies of any previous unit evaluations and a copy of the candidate’s M.Div, or its equivalent. Degrees must be issued from a U.S. Department of Education-accredited institution. (08/28/2018)

Lebanon VAMC’s Civil and Domestic Relations Clinic is a Success - Lebanon VA Medical Center hosted its second legal and domestic relations clinic Friday Aug. 17, 2018. The clinic is part of a new Medical-Legal Partnership designed to address health-harming civil-legal needs, which are social, financial, or environment problems that have deleterious impacts on health and that can be addressed through civil legal aid. The clinic helps Veterans address multiple legal issues including: criminal charges, financial health, domestic issues, expungement, and estate planning. In addition to the attorneys vetted by and approved by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, volunteer Domestic Relations Officers were present at the clinic. The attorneys and domestic relations officers provided free consultation to Veterans. Ongoing representation by volunteer attorneys is not a guarantee; however, steps are taken to connect veterans with additional resources in the community as needed. The clinic is offered quarterly. This latest clinic assisted 38 Veterans. (08/28/2018)

Lebanon VAMC to Hold Civil and Domestic Relations Clinic - Lebanon VA Medical Center is hosting a legal and domestic relations clinic Friday Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at building 18, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042. This clinic is part of a new Medical Legal Partnership designed to address health-harming civil-legal needs, which are social, financial, or environment problems that have deleterious impacts on health and that can be addressed through civil legal aid. (08/15/2018)

American Legion Awards Lebanon Clinician for Distinguished Service to Veterans - Lebanon VA Medical Center announced Thursday its director of hospice and palliative care, Dr. Scott Shreve, is the 2018 recipient of the American Legion’s Department of Pennsylvania 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Shreve serves as the National Director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In that position, he is responsible for all policy, program development, staff education and quality assurance for palliative and hospice care provided or purchased for enrolled Veterans. Dr. Shreve has led the implementation and oversight of the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care Initiative to change the culture of care for Veterans with serious illness and to ensure reliable access to quality palliative care. (07/19/2018)

Lebanon VA Medical Center Needs to Fill 70 New Job Openings - The medical center is seeking to hire 70 experienced medical records technicians, commonly called coders, as soon as possible. Salaries range from $30,000 to $60,000 depending on each applicant’s experience and prior federal service. (07/05/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Voted Best Place to Work by Pharmacists - Pharmacists voted Lebanon VA Medical Center as one of the top 10 best places to work across the national network of 170 medical centers. As a result, pharmacists at Lebanon VAMC will participate in a national study to understand key factors influencing engagement and retention of psychologists and pharmacists, and to identify best practices that can be leveraged across VA nationwide. (06/29/2018)

Central PA Veterans Overwhelmingly Approve of Wait Time at Lebanon VA - Veterans are more satisfied with the wait time at Lebanon VA Medical Center than any of the nine other facilities in its region according to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs survey. The survey asked Veterans treated by VA if they were satisfied with the time it took to get an appointment. Lebanon VA Medical Center earned a satisfaction rating of 86 percent, which is 15 percent higher than VA’s national average and the highest in the region that includes facilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio. (04/17/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Earns LGBTQ Health Care Equality Award - Lebanon VA Medical Center announced their “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the 11th edition of the Health Care Equality Index. A record 626 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey. Among the HEI participants, 95 earned a “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation. (04/11/2018)

Lebanon VAMC to Hold Enrollment Fair, Vietnam Vet Recognition Event - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center will hold an information and enrollment fair March 29 from 1-3:30 p.m., immediately followed by a recognition and pinning ceremony for Vietnam Veterans. Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to register for the ceremony by calling 717-272-6621, extension 4298, or emailing VHALebPublicAffairs@va.gov. (03/23/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Physician Recognized as “Visionary” in His Field - Lebanon VA Medical Center’s interim chief of staff was included in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s 2018 class of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionaries. Dr. Scott Shreve was one of 30 individuals recognized for his impactful contributions to his field. Nearly 150 individuals were nominated and more than 6,500 votes were cast. “Many common themes emerged in praise of the nominees - mentor, leader, big thinker,” the AAHPM said in a statement announcing the awardees. “They were cited for their innovation, meaningful contributions, extraordinary vision and inspirational leadership. Among the 30 were early pioneers and trailblazers, as well as young innovators representing the new generation of Visionaries taking the profession into the future.” (03/20/2018)

More than 120 Veterans Apply for Free Health Care at Lebanon VAMC Open House - More than 120 South Central PA Veterans applied to receive free health care during Lebanon VA Medical Center’s Open House and Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Although Veterans can always apply in person, online or over the phone, the medical center held a special event to encourage Veterans to see what VA can offer to them. Many Veterans are eligible to receive free health care, while others can receive free treatment for service-related conditions and cost-effective care for other conditions. (02/16/2018)

Lebanon VAMC partners with NAMI York to bring mental health educational programs to Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Health York County (NAMI York) to offer NAMI Homefront and NAMI Family-to-Family education programs to Veterans and the community during the spring of 2018 at Lebanon VAMC, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave. “Taking care of our Veterans and their family isn’t just a VA thing. Taking care of our Veterans requires community support and partnerships,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director. “We welcome the partnership with organizations like NAMI to help reach our Veterans and their families with important educational and wrap-around support for families.” (02/08/2018)

New Schuylkill County VA Community Clinic Opens in Pottsville - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) has opened its new Schuylkill County VA Community Clinic located at 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2, Pottsville. The clinic is open for Veterans health care Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The new 8,740 square-foot VA Community Clinic has eight primary care exam rooms, four mental health consulting rooms, two telehealth-specific rooms, a laboratory, two shared medical appointment or group rooms and a teamwork room for staff. (02/08/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Accepting Applications for RN Transition to Practice Program - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center announced it will accept a second group of RN Transition to Practice candidates in the spring of 2018. The program helps new nurses bridge the gap in knowledge and skill from the classroom to the clinical practice setting. The focus of the program is to assist newly-graduated registered nurses sharpen their clinical skills, increase their knowledge base, groom them to be proficient clinicians and develop leadership. (02/07/2018)

Lebanon VAMC to hold Open House Feb. 14 to promote services available to Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a Veterans open house 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 ability to register for VA health care on site. Veterans interested in on-the-spot enrollment should bring their DD-214 as well as financial information to include a copy of their most recent household tax return as well as information on medical expenses from the last calendar year. Questions on what to bring to enroll can be directed to enrollment and eligibility at (717) 228-6000. (02/07/2018)

Lebanon VAMC Opens New Dermatology/Plastic Surgery Clinic - LEBANON, PA. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced the opening of its new Dermatology/Plastic Surgery Clinic Monday, Jan. 22. “Dermatology is a high-demand specialty service which continues to grow. Timely dermatology service is not generally available in the community and so our strategy has been to invest and develop a world-class service for our Veterans,” said Robert W. Callahan, Jr., medical center director and CEO. “I am proud of our accomplishments to modernize clinical care environments throughout our facility and I am especially proud of the teams who took the dream for this new space and made it a reality. Our employees deserve a modern clinic for their practice and our Veterans have certainly earned the world-class care we provide.” (01/22/2018)

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