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VA Central Iowa Health Care System


Local Features

Group Advanced Care PlanningMy Life, My Choice
Advanced care planning is a chance to look at “what ifs” related to your health. CLASSES NOW OFFERED
TelehealthModernizing Veterans' Healthcare Choices
VACIHCS is known in the community for being a telehealth leader, bringing much needed modernization to VACIHCS services, increased access and provided comfortable, efficient care to Veterans
VA Caregiver PageNovember - Caregiver Month
November is National Caregiver Month! We are hosting activities throughout the month of November to honor our Veteran Caregivers.
Rock SculptureRay of Hope
For one VACIHCS Veteran, hope was found through meditation in action through "rock stacking".
NoticeProposed Parking Garage
Dept of VA announces a Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed construction of a parking garage at the VACIHCS Main Campus in Des Moines, Iowa.
Community Leaders Communicating ChangeVA Central Iowa Mental Health Summit
More than 50 community leaders, Veterans, VA Staff, and mental health advocates gathered in Des Moines for a day-long VA Community Mental Health Summit.
Nurse Help LineVACIHCS Nurse Help Line Available 24/7
VACIHCS Nurse Help Line Now Available 24/7
Telehealth TeamTelehealth takes FEC Presidential Award
Join us in congratulating VACIHCS Telehealth Steering Committee for winning the Presidential Award at the Federal Executive Council of Central Iowa Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony.
CLCExtended Care & Rehabilitation Newsletter
As spring season approaches, the EC&R service line is “blooming” with program enhancements and opportunities.
DAISY Awardee Nurse Angie AlbersCelebrating Nursing: A DAISY Award Story
On February 9th, 2017, VA Central Iowa Health Care System honored one of our finest nurses with The DAISY Award, a nationally recognized award for extraordinary nurses.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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