Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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U.S. Olympic Athletes Visit Former POWs & Other VeteransU.S. Olympic Athletes Visit Former POWs
Lolo Jones, Julie Chu and Kikkan Randall, who all three competed in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, recently visited our Fisher House, attended a special former POW Veteran celebration, and visited Veteran patients.
Healthy Vets are on the MOVE!Healthy Vets are on the MOVE!
Hundreds of Veterans are already reaping the benefits of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s MOVE! and TeleMOVE! Weight loss programs and many more are expected to enroll in 2014.
Houston VA Doctors Employ New Technology to Prevent Sudden Cardiac ArrestNew Technology to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Some military Veterans with heart conditions can now breathe easier thanks to new technology and a new procedure being employed by electrophysiologists at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.
Houston VA Re-Designated Magnet Hospital by American Nurses Credentialing CenterHouston VA Re-Designated Magnet Hospital
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center received one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can obtain: Magnet Re-Designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Custom Made Stent Available for Vascular ProcedureCustom Made Stent Available for Vascular Procedure
VA surgeons successfully performed groundbreaking minimally invasive vascular procedures on two Veterans. It’s the City of Houston’s first implantations of a new type of stent graft, called a fenestrated endograft.
Houston VA Nurses Honored for Extraordinary CareHouston VA Nurses Honored for Extraordinary Care
Two exceptional nurses were recently honored for going “above and beyond” at MEDVAMC. Deanna Davenport, RN and Susan Martin, NA each received the DAISY Award for excellence in patient care.
Houston VA Researcher Honored with Prestigious Presidential AwardResearcher Receives Prestigious Presidential Award
Dr. Hardeep Singh has been named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and will receive the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony later this year.
Houston VA Nurse is Honored as 2013 Employee of the YearHouston VA Nurse Honored as 2013 Employee of Year
Gene Williams, RN, has been named the 2013 Employee of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. He was recognized for his hard work and dedication to caring for spinal cord injury Veterans.
Celebrate Veterans with Wreaths Across America – HoustonCelebrate Veterans with Wreaths Across America
Every December, Wreaths Across America-Houston (WAAH) makes it a priority to honor Veterans for the selfless service they provided to the American people, by hosting an annual wreath laying ceremony.
Veterans Find Healing Through Peer VeteransVeterans Find Healing Through Peer Veterans
A new peer support program aims to break the stigma and connect those Veterans with others who understand. There are more than 800 peer support specialists nation-wide, 14 of which work at the Houston VA.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Couple holding handsVA Giving Support, Training and Hope to Caregivers
Caregivers for Veterans of all eras are eligible for respite care, education and training on what it means to be a caregiver, how to best meet the Veteran”s care needs and the importance of self-care.
Outside building photoOpening Soon: New Polytrauma-Rehabilitiation Center
New Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center in Tampa to open soon. The first stop for Veterans on the road to recovery and home, the state-of-the-art facility provides home-like, healing environment.
A man uses an iPad at a tableHelp with Concussions in Veterans' Hands Today
Knowledge learned by VA in treating Traumatic Brain Injury helped develop Concussion Coach, a mobile app with tools to assess symptoms and help with coping strategies.
A smiling woman counts change to a man at a kitchen counterHelping Veterans Find and Keep a Home
Occupational therapist Sarah Scalia assesses Veterans (105 so far) to ensure they are able to maintain the affordable housing provided them through the HUD-VASH program.
A woman and a man talk and point to a brochurePeer Specialists Held in High Regard by Veterans
Peer specialist program: Veterans who have recovered from mental illness serve as role models for other Veterans. Veterans will connect better with those who have experienced the same things.
Runners start a race on a trackHow Can I Live a Healthier Life?
Take charge of your health care. It’s never too late to get back on track and start taking steps towards a healthier you by getting informed, developing healthy habits, and enrolling in health care.
yoga poseStudy to Help Women Vets Coping with MST
VA to launch study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction this year to determine if it can help relieve symptoms of PTSD in women vets who have experienced military sexual trauma.
The face of a manWhy Slow Down?
Four hundred Veterans are participating in the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. It’s the world-leader in adaptive winter sports for Veterans, active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
A man with a prosthetic leg and his son work out on exercise ballsWeight Loss for Those with Disabilities
Veterans and others with disabilities can lose weight through a program that involves phone calls and a Web-based remote coaching tool. The approach is low-cost and effective, say researchers.
Woman holds up an image of the food pyramidCan Good Nutrition Save Your Life?
VA wants to help you get in shape, think about nutrition, live longer and have a healthy, energetic life. VA registered dietitians are here to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns.

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