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VA Northern California Health Care System

 

Press Releases


2019

VA NorCal Health Care Facilities to go Smoke-Free October 1 - SACRAMENTO — VA Northern California Health Care System will join VA health care facilities nationwide in implementing a new policy restricting smoking by VA staff, patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, and vendors at its health care facilities beginning Oct. 1, 2019. (08/09/2019)

VA NorCal to host Mental Health Summit at UC Davis Sacramento - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will host a Community Mental Health Summit 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sep. 10, at Betty Irene Moore Hall on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus. Media coverage is invited. (08/05/2019)

VA NorCal to Host Ribbon-Cutting for new Chico VA Outpatient Clinic - VA Northern California Health Care System will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Chico VA Outpatient Clinic 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 1601 Concord Ave. in Chico. Media is invited. (08/02/2019)

Martinez VA Clinic wins national award for environmental sustainability - Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, announced this week that Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic has been honored with its Partner for Change Award. The award is the second environmental recognition in 2019 for the clinic, which received the Eco Award from the City of Martinez in January. (04/18/2019)

VA NorCal hosts Sexual Assault Awareness - Of the Veterans who receive VA health care, 1 in 100 men and 1 in 4 women report experiences of sexual assault during military service. To support their recovery, VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) offers free assessment and treatment to Veterans for Military Sexual Trauma (MST). (04/05/2019)

Wednesday Evening: Chico Veterans Town Hall - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will host a Veterans Town Hall in Chico, 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall at 1940 Mulberry Street. VA NorCal invites Butte County Veterans to discuss the new Chico VA Outpatient Clinic. Local Veterans organizations and credentialed media are invited, as well. (03/18/2019)

VA NorCal to mark Women's History Month with ‘spa day' for Sac-area women Vets - To mark Women's History Month, VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will join The Forgotten Soldier Program in honoring female service members and Veterans with "A Day of Relaxation and Rejuvenation" on Saturday, March 19, in Auburn. The free "spa day" is open to women service members and Veterans and includes breakfast and lunch, but registration is required. Credentialed media is invited. (03/12/2019)

VA to host Chico Veterans Town Hall - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will host a Veterans Town Hall in Chico, 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall at 1940 Mulberry Street. VA NorCal invites Butte County Veterans to discuss the new Chico VA Outpatient Clinic and their other interests at the town hall. Local Veterans organizations and credentialed media are invited, as well. (03/07/2019)

Journal of American Medical Association: VA hospital wait times lower than private sector - A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows VA significantly reduced wait times for Veteran patients in primary care and three specialty care services between 2014 and 2017, and are now significantly lower than wait times found in the private sector. (01/18/2019)

VA NorCal to broaden suicide prevention efforts in 2019 - Of the estimated 20 Veterans who take their lives each day, 14 are not connected to VA health care services. Which is why in 2019, VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) is looking beyond its campuses and emphasizing community partnerships in its battle against Veteran suicide. (01/18/2019)

City of Martinez to honor local VA Clinic with its 2018 Eco Award - The City of Martinez, in cooperation with Republic Services and Cal Recycle, will award the Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic with its 2018 Eco Award at the Martinez City Council meeting at the City Hall’s Council Chambers, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16. (01/15/2019)

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2018

2018 a Year of Progress, Emergency Response for VA Northern California Health Care System - 2018 marked a year of significant progress and rapid emergency response for the VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal). Made up of nearly 4,000 employees across more than 44,000 square miles, VA NorCal serves over 110,000 Veterans enrolled across its 11 facilities. (12/31/2018)

Camp Fire: VA works alongside partner agencies to serve Veterans at Local Assistance Center - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) is working alongside its colleagues from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (Cal Vet) and the California Military Department’s Work for Warriors programs at the Local Assistance Center to support Veterans displaced by the Camp Fire. As of Monday morning, the Camp Fire had grown to more than 150,000 acres with 66 percent containment and claimed 77 lives. (11/20/2018)

Camp Fire: VA to continue health care support to shelter sites over weekend - VA Northern California Health Care System will continue providing health care services to Veterans at Camp Fire evacuation shelters over the weekend. VA NorCal will deploy Mobile Vet Centers, physician, nursing, and social worker teams, public health care, and Dual-Use Vehicles for transportation support to displaced Veterans at several sites. (11/17/2018)

Camp Fire: VA Clinics in Chico, Yuba City reopen to assist Veterans - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) clinics in Chico and Yuba City reopened Tuesday with full staffing and a full range of patient services to assist Veterans impacted by the nearby Camp Fire. As of Tuesday morning, the Camp Fire had grown to more than 125,000 acres with 30 percent containment, having claimed 42 lives. Several hundred Veterans are estimated to have evacuated from the fire, each of whom the VA NorCal Call Center is attempting to contact to provide health care and resources assistance. (11/13/2018)

Camp Fire: VA Clinics in Chico, Yuba City to reopen Tuesday - Despite the nearby Camp Fire, VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) clinics in Chico and Yuba City will reopen Tuesday with full staffing and a full range of patient services. The Camp Fire grew to more than 110,000 acres with 25 percent containment by Monday morning, having already claimed 29 lives and nearly 7,000 structures (learn more at CAL FIRE’s Camp Fire incident page). (11/10/2018)

Camp Fire: Resources for Veterans over Veterans Day weekend - The Camp Fire, which devastated the town of Paradise, California, Thursday, grew to more than 100,000 acres with 20 percent containment by Saturday morning. The fire has destroyed more than 7,000 structures and claimed 9 civilian lives. (11/10/2018)

VA Clinic in Chico remains open and offers full services amid Camp Fire - The Camp Fire, which devastated the town of Paradise, California, Thursday, grew to more than 70,000 acres with only 5 percent containment by Friday morning. While most public facilities in nearby Chico have closed, the Chico VA Clinic remains open to offer its full services to the thousands of Veterans who might have been impacted by the fire. (11/09/2018)

Resources and information for Veterans impacted by Camp Fire (Butte County) - Thousands of residents in the Paradise area (near Chico) along the Feather River Canyon are evacuating because of the rapidly growing Camp Fire. The fire started about 6:30 a.m. today near Camp Creek Road near Pulga and has moved toward nearby Paradise. It is presently more than 5,000 acres with no containment, according to CAL FIRE reports. At present, an estimated 217 Veterans have been impacted by Camp Fire evacuations. (11/08/2018)

Homelessness down 3.4 percent among VA Northern California Veterans - Veteran homelessness is down 3.4 percent over the past year across the 44,000 square miles covered by VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal), according to data recently released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (11/06/2018)

VA NorCal Celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month - Today 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.” (11/01/2018)

Book Features Innovative VA NorCal Programs - The most recent work by Suzanne Gordon, one of the nation’s leading health care journalists and advocates, features two VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) programs as prominent examples of the high-quality, compassionate care the Veterans Health Administration is providing Veterans. “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans,” includes a chapter on VA NorCal’s Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) and Post-Deployment Assessment and Treatment (PDAT) programs, both based in Martinez, California. (10/29/2018)

VA NorCal to Host 2018 Military Women’s Appreciation Day - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will proudly host the 2018 Military Women’s Appreciation Day this Saturday at American River College’s Student Services Building. Credentialed media are welcome. (10/23/2018)

VETSTOCK III to Support NorCal Homeless Veterans - VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will host its third annual VETSTOCK celebration Saturday, Oct. 13, at Elks Lodge No. 6 on 6446 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. Each year the program raises awareness and funds for programs that assist homeless Veterans across Northern California. Credentialed media are invited to attend. (10/11/2018)

End of fiscal year hospital Star rating shows large improvement in overall quality of services at Sa - 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 (VAMCs) across the nation. (10/03/2018)

Report: Sacramento VA Medical Center experiences "large improvement" - According to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) SAIL report released this week, the Sacramento VA Medical Center experienced “large improvement” in its overall quality and service to Veterans over the past year, one of 103 VA medical centers (VAMC) nationwide that experienced improvement. (09/19/2018)

New VISN Director John Brandecker - The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of John A. Brandecker, MBA, MPH, as the new Director of the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) in Vallejo, California. (09/14/2018)

Lease Awarded to Begin Building New Redding VA Outpatient Clinic - The Department of Veterans Administration (VA) announced Thursday, Sep. 27, it will award a lease to SASD Development Group for the construction of a new 77,000 square-foot VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Redding, California, replacing the city’s current 48,000 square-foot VA outpatient clinic. The clinic will serve as part of VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal), the nation’s 11th largest VA health care system. (08/27/2018)

Ceremony to Mark Opening of New Hospital Floor at Sacramento VA - The Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the renovated fourth floor at the Sacramento VA Medical Center 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, at 10535 Hospital Way in Mather. Credentialed media are welcome; see end of release for parking and location information. (08/22/2018)

Aug. 24 Ceremony to Mark Opening of New Hospital Floor at Sacramento VA - This floor is VA NorCal’s latest effort to incorporate cutting-edge technology and health care best practices across our facilities. (08/17/2018)

VA NorCal Wildfire Update - The VA Redding Outpatient Clinic (OPC) continues to serve as the center of VA NorCal’s response to the Carr Fire. Though several Redding OPC employees lost their homes and dozens more were forced to evacuate, 177 of the clinic’s 199 employees have returned to work. (08/03/2018)

VA NorCal Wildfire Update - As most of you are aware, the Carr Fire has spread to more than 100,000 acres across the Shasta County region, forcing nearly 40,000 evacuations. Included in those evacuees are more than 2,000 Veterans and more than 50 VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) employees at the VA Redding Outpatient Clinic, several of whom lost their homes to the fire. (07/31/2018)

VA’s Redding Clinic to Open Monday - The VA Redding Outpatient Clinic and its clinical annex will open their doors Monday morning to provide health care services to local Veterans amid the growing Carr Fire. Services provided by the clinic will include primary care, urgent care, pharmacy, mental health, dental, and social work; Veterans with scheduled appointments will be able to access cardiology, eye, physical therapy, chiropractic, urology, podiatry, and dietary services. Veterans seeking to confirm appointments or inquire about services should contact our Call Center at 1-800-382-8387. (07/29/2018)

VA’s Redding Clinic Remains Open - REDDING, Calif. – The VA Redding Outpatient Clinic, VA Northern California Health Care System’s (VA NorCal) primary clinic in the Shasta County region, remains open amid the spreading Carr Fire. While a number of VA staff and Veterans have been impacted by the fire, the clinic continues to provide services to across the region. (07/27/2018)

Northern California Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Receives 4-Star Rating - “We have one mission at the Northern California Health Care System – to provide high-quality, compassionate care to our Veterans,” said VANCHCS Director David Stockwell. “The recent four-star rating of our nursing home in Martinez confirms we’re headed in the right direction, one step closer to our goal of building the nation’s finest VA Health Care System.” (06/14/2018)

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2017

Chico Groundbreaking - VA Northern California Health Care System will host a groundbreaking for the new Chico VA Outpatient Clinic on Thursday, June 29, 2017 (06/26/2017)

FDA approved Robotic Surgery System Available - Veteran’s suffering from Prostate, Kidney and Colon Cancer now have the latest FDA approved Robotic Surgery System Available (01/13/2017)

VA Researchers Discover a Natural Antibody Potentially Capable of Preventing HIV Infection - A study of HIV conducted by researchers at VA Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, California showed that greater than 86 percent of uninfected adults have antibodies with characteristics potentially capable of protecting them against HIV infection. (01/04/2017)

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2015

9th Annual Memorial Day Celebration - 9th Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Sacramento VA Medical Center "Honoring the California National Guard - Always ready, always there." (05/18/2015)

USF and VA Receive $4.6 million to Train VA Nurses and Create Residency Program - USF and VA Northern California Health Care System Receive $4.6 million to Train VA Nurses and Create Residency Program U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program helps meet growing need to educate Veteran-centric nurses... (01/21/2015)

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2014

U.S. NAVY TRANSFERS BILLION DOLLAR PROPERTY LOCATED AT ALAMEDA POINT TO - On November 3rd, the U.S. Navy officially transfered property located at Alameda Point to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a new “One VA” health care clinic and columbarium. The City of Alameda, along with the Veteran’s community celebrated the transfer of 624 acres of former Naval Air Field at Alameda Theatre in Alameda, CA. (11/03/2014)

VALENTINES FOR VETERANS - SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento VA Medical Center celebrates National Salute to Veteran Patients Week and Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children from St. John the Evangelist School in Carmichael will deliver handmade Valentine cards to inpatients Veterans -- a tradition that started more than 23 years ago. (02/11/2014)

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2013

VA CELEBRATES NATIONAL RESEARCH WEEK MAY 15 - The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System will celebrate National VA Research Week May 13-17, 2013, at the Sacramento VA Medical Center. As a part of the nationwide observance, the Sacramento VA Medical Center will conduct a Research Day Wednesday, May 15, 9 a.m. at 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, Building 650. (05/09/2013)

VETERANS BENEFIT FROM COMMUNITY’S GOOD WILL - SACRAMENTO – VA Northern California Health Care System Voluntary Services will be able to send Veterans to the Golden Age Games through the generosity of the local community. Saturday, April 6, from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Harvest Park Bowl will dedicate 10 Bowling lanes to raise funds for local Veterans to attend the Golden Age Games to be held in Buffalo, New York, May 30 – June 4, 2013. (04/05/2013)

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2012

2012 VA2K - The Department of Veterans Affairs is once again hosting a nationwide 2K “Walk and Roll” event at more than 130 VA facilities on May 16 to coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day. The event will also encourage employee and local community support of homeless Veterans. (04/24/2012)

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