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Press Releases

These are official Press Rleases from the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center


VANEOHS announces stakeholder listening sessions as part of ongoing effort to guide the future of VA - VANEOHS is hosting a listening session April 13 to hear from Veterans as part of ongoing effort to guide the future of VA health care. (03/30/2021)

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Dear Neighbors: A Holiday Message from Northeast Ohio Health Systems - As we approach the final weeks of the year, let’s pause to reflect on all that we have been through as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of us has been changed and affected personally and professionally. Our communities, and indeed our world, have been changed. We’ve made it to this point together. And that is exactly the reason for this message. (12/21/2020)

Visitor and Access Restrictions - Visitor and Access Restrictions (11/17/2020)

Dear Neighbors: A Message from Northeast Ohio Health Systems - The rise in coronavirus infections is a serious reminder of this pandemic’s strength and longevity. While many have expressed “COVID fatigue,” unfortunately we can’t wish away the infection. We in healthcare have seen the faces of COVID-19 firsthand. Our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and a host of other healthcare providers are on the front lines each day. They care for the sick and dying. They comfort family members who cannot physically be with their loved ones. (11/15/2020)

Virtual Medical Center - Diabetes Month - The VMC is a state-of-the-art collaborative, virtual learning environment that provides access to vast amounts of training, educational resources and wellness information for patients, providers and staff anytime, anywhere! The VMC is accessed via a desktop application and users create an avatar to represent themselves as they navigate the virtual environment. (11/10/2020)

Cybathlon 2020 - Looking to win Gold for the second time, Team Cleveland will compete in the Virtual Cyborg Olympics against teams from around the world November 12 and 13. The Cybathlon is an international competition that showcases how assistive technology can enhance people with disabilities. Team Cleveland took home gold in the first ever Cybathlon held at the Swiss Arena, Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland in October 2016. (11/06/2020)

A Tradition of Excellence: VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System Celebrates 80th Anniversary - This November marks 80 years of health care for Veterans in Northeast Ohio. Focusing on our commitment and dedication to putting the nation’s heroes first, this campaign highlights our contributions to Northeast Ohio as both a healthcare provider and employer of choice. Dedicated health care for Veterans came to the area after authorization in 1938 from President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) allocated $1,090,000 for the new hospital that brought 150 jobs with it. Today, our comprehensive healthcare system has 18 locations, an annual operating budget of more than $1.2 billion, and over 5,300 employees across a 21-county catchment area. (11/03/2020)

Neuroprotective Treatment for Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury - Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of cognitive impairment that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite growing awareness about the debilitating and lifelong progressive consequences of TBI, there are currently no treatments that slow the deteriorative process. TBI survivors are currently treated with extensive physical and cognitive rehabilitation, accompanied by medications that may mitigate symptoms yet do not halt or slow neurodegeneration. Now, researchers have found for the first time that this process can be pharmacologically reversed in an animal model of this chronic health condition, offering an important proof of principle in the field and a potential path to new therapy. (10/19/2020)

Veterans Healing Veterans: VA Northeast Ohio Veteran, Employee to Receive Highest Honor - A local U.S. Air Force Veteran will receive the Department of Veterans Affairs National Peer Support Specialist of the Year Award in a virtual ceremony 12:15 p.m., Thursday. As a Peer Support Specialist with VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System’s Psychology Service at the Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic, Alexander Amstutz, continues serving by healing his fellow comrades in arms, and was selected out of 1,175 VA peer support specialists nationwide. Peer Support Specialists are VA employees in recovery from mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders who help other Veterans to successfully engage in mental health and substance use treatment. They act as liaisons between staff and Veterans, support clinical teams, and help to connect with Veterans through empathy and tolerance. (10/13/2020)

Canton Outpatient Clinic Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Area Veterans - For 40 years area Veterans have counted on the Canton VA Outpatient Clinic for their healthcare needs. The clinic opened its doors September 19, 1980, seeing approximately 690 patients during the first year. The numbers continued to increase, with the clinic serving more than 12,570 in 2019. (09/18/2020)

Cleveland VA Medical Center Begins Local Enrollment for Pfizer & BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - Cleveland VA Medical Center selected as the only VA site to participate in the Phase 2/3 global study sponsored by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE of an investigational vaccine, BNT162b2, against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current global pandemic. Cleveland VA’s study site is one of more than 120 clinical investigational sites around the world that will collectively enroll up to 30,000 participants. Study participation priority will be given to Veterans whether enrolled in VA care or not. (08/28/2020)

Responsible Restart for VA Northeast Ohio Primary Care Locations - Responsible Restart for VA Northeast Ohio Primary Care Locations. Tele-Triage Will Continue to Limit Face-to-Face Contact: VA Primary Care locations in Northeast Ohio will re-open for urgent, in-person care effective May 4. VA will continue to utilize virtual care tools, leveraging technology to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 for patients and staff. (05/01/2020)

VA Northeast Ohio Facilities Consolidating Primary Care Locations in Response to COVID-19 - VA Facilities in Northeast Ohio Consolidating Primary Care Locations in Response to COVID-19. (03/20/2020)

Nursing Shared Governance Accreditation - VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System’s Nursing Shared Governance is accredited by the Forum for Shared Governance. This accreditation recognizes VANEOHS’ commitment to nurse involvement in shared decision making that impact clinical practice, quality improvement and professional development. Increased engagement through shared governance contributes to greater job satisfaction, outstanding patient experience and excellent clinical care. (02/11/2020)

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NEPA Notification - Brecksville VA Site - Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Transfer of the Brecksville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio VA Medical Center campus. (01/22/2018)

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Lorain CBOC opens in new location - The Lorain VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic began seeing patients in its new location at 5255 N. Abbe Rd., in Sheffield, Ohio. The clinic is scheduled to host an “Open House” event on August 9, 2016 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. to invite Veterans, stakeholders and the community to visit and tour the new location. (07/11/2016)

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA receives Better Health Partnership Gold Star! - All 14 Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System primary care clinics received a Better Health Partnership Gold Star for outstanding achievement in key measures for 2015, as reported during the partnership’s 2016 report to the community Wednesday. A Gold Star rating recognizes high achievement and outstanding improvement on crucial measures of care for patients living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart failure. While VA’s report their outcomes internally, they rarely report data publicly for comparison with private sector practices, according to Dr. Brook Watts, Chief of Informatics and Analytics and Chief Quality Officer for the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System. “The Better Health Partnership provides us with an opportunity to benchmark our outcomes with those of the community, showing that we rank just as well, if not better, than many of our peers,” said Watts. (06/30/2016)

Vietnam 50th Commemoration in New Philadelphia, Ohio - In recognition of the service and sacrifice of Veteran patients and staff, the New Philadelphia VA Outpatient Clinic will join with the Department of Defense and VA facilities across the country to thank Vietnam Veterans and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War this Friday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Vietnam Veteran patients and staff are encouraged to attend to receive a commemorative pin (06/14/2016)

Youngstown Veterans Health Fair - All female Veterans are invited to attend the fifth biannual FREE Women Veterans Health Fair sponsored by Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic volunteers this Saturday. This outreach event will feature speakers on various topics such as relationships, spirituality, using laughter and humor for a healthy life, and women's health and safety topics. This event will also feature a light breakfast and lunch, an instructor-led chair exercise class and more! (05/25/2016)

Vietnam 50th Commemoration in Canton - In recognition of the service and sacrifice of Veteran patients and staff, the Canton VA Outpatient Clinic will join with the Department of Defense and VA facilities across the country to thank Vietnam Veterans and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War this Thursday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vietnam Veteran patients and staff are encouraged to attend to receive a commemorative pin during the clinic’s annual Memorial Day Cookout held for Veteran patients. (05/24/2016)

Gold Plus Award - The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the sixth year that the Cleveland VA has been recognized with a quality achievement award. (05/20/2016)

Vietnam 50th Commemoration in Mansfield - In recognition of the service and sacrifice of Veteran patients and staff, the Mansfield VA Outpatient Clinic will join with the Department of Defense and VA facilities across the country to thank Vietnam Veterans and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War this Monday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vietnam Veteran patients and staff are encouraged to attend to receive a commemorative pin during the clinic’s Veteran Appreciation Day. (05/20/2016)

Buckeye Wheelchair Games - The annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games, scheduled for April 29-30, 2016 at the SPIRE Institute, promote rehabilitation for Veterans through rigorous competition in events such as air guns, archery, bowling, field events, billiards, slalom, swimming, table tennis, track, bocce and weightlifting. (04/26/2016)

Researcher Receives Presidential Award - Cleveland VA Medical Center Researcher, Paul Marasco, PhD, will receive the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers during a White House ceremony this spring. Dr. Marasco is a principal investigator for the Advanced Platform Technology Center of Excellence at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. (03/08/2016)

National Salute - The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is joining the nation in celebrating National Salute to Veterans Patient week February 14 – 20, 2016. During the National Salute, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center invites individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars to participate in a variety of activities taking place at the medical center. (02/12/2016)

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Home for the Holidays - Homeless Veterans will have the opportunity to receive assistance with housing needs this week as the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Housing and Urban Development and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) join forces to host Home for the Holidays, an initiative dedicated to specifically help homeless and disabled Veterans as well as those at-risk for homelessness to find housing solutions in time for the winter holidays On Friday, December 11, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Veterans may attend the event in the Cleveland VA Domiciliary Cafeteria, located at 1563 East Blvd. in Cleveland where they will meet with VA case managers to receive support and guidance on the rental housing application process, including how to apply for assistance with security deposits and furniture (12/09/2015)

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA named best place by NorthCoast 99 - Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center recognized as one of Northeast Ohio's best places to work for top talent. (09/02/2015)

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