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The Fourteener, Eastern Colorado Health Care Systems' digital quarterly newsletter

Fourteener January 2019 The third edition of The Fourteener opens 2019 with features on
the Alamosa Outpatient Clinic, the VA Healthcare Provider of the Year,
one of your ECHCS Providers and more!
Fourteener October 2018
October 2019's edition of your VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
newsletter features the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic in
Colorado Springs., Colorado  
Fourteener July 2018 The inagural edition of ECHCS's digital quarterly newlsetter features
the opening of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. 


The ECHCS Office of Public Affairs serves as the initial contact for reporters, producers, and other media representatives seeking information about the Eastern Colorado Health Care System or wishing to interview faculty/staff experts. This office functions as ECHCS' news bureau, serving as the primary source of information about the institution, patient care, staff and staff collaboration, awards, reviews, accreditations, medical and research advances, environmental safety, and technological advances. 

In the event of an emergency or other ongoing event, you will find the most recent updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DenverVAMC or our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VADenver.

Brandy Morrison
ECHCS Public Affairs Officer
1700 N Wheeling St
Aurora, CO 80045
Office: (720)723-6532
Cell: (720)245-1550
E-mail: Brandy.Morrison2@va.gov

 

 Your VA News

Mar. 21, 2019 VA diagnoses 4,000 cases of colon cancer each year
The Veterans Health Administration recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults age 50 through 75. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: A perfect time for Veterans to get screened. To reas more, please click HERE

Mar. 15, 2019 -
VA celebrates Women’s History Month

There has never been one kind of woman Veteran. Yes, they are often mothers and sisters. But they are also leaders, teachers, nurses, and doctors. They represent the fastest growing Veteran group. This women’s history month, we are reflecting on their contributions to the U.S. military. For more, click HERE

Feb. 19, 2019 - VA providing better care for the elderly Veteran
GeriPACTs are like a one-stop shop. They combine traditional health care services with community-based services, featuring doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other specialists. The goal is to streamline the health care experience of Veterans with geriatric needs and expedite their visits to a VA facility, rather than requiring them to set up multiple appointments with providers. Click HERE for more

Feb. 14, 2019 - VA Partners with Tech Companies to Prevent Veteran Suicide 

VA is partnering with four technology organizations — CaringBridge, IBM, Objective Zero Foundation, and RallyPoint — that share VA’s commitment to preventing Veteran suicide. These organizations are working with VA to promote social connectedness and expand the reach of lifesaving resources using mobile applications and online platforms. Click HERE for more.

Feb. 11, 2019 - A look at VA’s comprehensive outreach approach to suicide prevention

Since 2014, the number of annual appointments for VA care is up by 3.4 million, with over 58 million appointments in VA facilities last fiscal year.  Simply put, more Veterans are choosing to receive their health care at VA.. For more, click HERE.


Feb. 11, 2019 - MISSION ACT 101: How the law will improve VA’s ability to deliver health care to Veterans

Since 2014, the number of annual appointments for VA care is up by 3.4 million, with over 58 million appointments in VA facilities last fiscal year.  Simply put, more Veterans are choosing to receive their health care at VA.. For more, click HERE.


Feb. 6, 2019 - President Trump honors Veterans, addresses VA reforms

President Trump’s second State of the Union address was his platform to introduce the “agenda of the American People.” For more than an hour and 20 minutes the president challenged Americans to choose greatness, paid homage to crucial moments in our country’s history and expressed his continued commitment to improving VA for our Veterans. Click here for more.

Nov. 29, 2018 - Tags to Pearls: Women Veterans Night Out

The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will host a special event for women Veterans on Thursday, Dec. 6. The event is called “Tags to Pearls: Women Veterans Night Out.” It’s an opportunity to share in the celebration of women Veterans and learn more about the services provide for female Veterans. The free event is focusing on women who have served or are currently serving in the military and their families. The evening will include door prizes, music, photo booth and tours of the Women’s Clinic.To read more, click here

Nov. 28, 2018 - Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Payment Rates Update

VA announced key changes in the processing of GI Bill benefits payments under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill).As these changes are implemented, VBA will remain in continuous contact with Veterans, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations and other stakeholders to ensure everyone is informed and knows what to expect.To read more, click here

Nov. 15, 2018 - Thousands of Veterans have quit smoking (Great American Smokeout)

Many Veterans used tobacco while they served, particularly during deployment. Now seven out of ten Veterans who smoke would like to quit — for both the physical and mental health benefits. Of Veterans who have ever smoked who are enrolled in VA health care, 71 percent have successfully quit smoking,  showing that quitting is possible, especially with a treatment plan that includes counseling and medication. To read more, click here

Nov. 8, 2018 - Secretary Wilkie announces redesigned VA.gov built with input from Veterans

"We are VA. And we’ve come together across organizational boundaries to focus on what’s best for you. This launch is showing everyone that when we’re united in our cause, great things can happen. The new VA.gov consolidates information and places it in one easy to navigate location." Click here for more

Nov. 1, 2018 - VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families

President Donald J. 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.” To read more, click here

Oct. 26, 2018 - VA joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses through by joining the Department of Defense (DOD). Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). MSEP is a career program connecting military spouses with more than 390 affiliated employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. Click here for more.


Sept. 18, 2018, Aurora, CO - VA SAIL report scorecard shows VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities. For more, click here

Sept. 12, 2018, Pueblo, CO - Carnival-Style Activities Day at the Pueblo VA Community Living Center
Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) will host an All Activities Day for the residents of the Pueblo VA Community Living Center (CLC) this Saturday, September 15, 2018. The CLC is located at 2600 Oakshire Lane. For more, click here

Aug. 24, 2018, Aurora, CO - Eastern Colorado Health Care System hosting VA2K Walk & Roll events to help homeless Veterans

Today, Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) announced the 8th Annual VA2K Walk and Roll events to be held at various Colorado VA facilities beginning today in Golden and Colorado Springs. VA2K events raise donations to help local homeless Veterans. For more, click here

Aug. 14, 2018, Aurora, CO - Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center to Host Gerofit Founder
Today, Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) announced that it will host the founder of the Gerofit program, Miriam Morey, PhD, and Ms. Megan Pearson, August 15, 2018, at the new Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center (RMR). For more, click here



The following guidelines can assist you in arranging interviews, video sessions, or photo opportunities with ECHCS newsmakers

  • Call the Public Affairs Office to arrange all interviews with any VA staff member. We will respond as quickly as we can. (Patients seeking medical advice should contact their health care provider or dial 911 for medical emergencies.)
  • Advance notice of on-site interviews is necessary so staff can arrange locations for media interviews or photo shoots and line up appropriate sources for your story.
  • All film crews and photographers must be accompanied while on campus. Our main priority is patient privacy and adherence to HIPPA regulations. We also want to make sure you get the information you are looking for and to coordinate shoot locations and ensure interviews go smoothly.
  • If you are a student working on a research paper and looking to interview a veteran about his military experience, we encourage you to contact a Veterans Service Organization for assistance.  You can find a comprehensive list at http://www1.va.gov/VSO/.  Alternatively, contact the United Veterans committee of Colorado at www.unitedveteranscommittee.com.

Contact

Brandy Morrison
Public Affairs Officer
Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center
720-723-6532
Brandy.Morrison2@va.gov

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