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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC

 

Charles George VAMC Press Releases


2021

MHV coordinator honored for service to Veterans - MHV coordinator honored for service to Veterans (03/10/2021)

Let your voice be heard! - The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Chief Strategy Office is hosting a virtual Veterans Listening Session March 10 at 3 p.m. (03/09/2021)

CGVAMC taking vaccine appointments this week - he Western North Carolina VA Health Care System - comprised of Charles George VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Rutherford County, Hickory and Franklin - is now offering vaccines for enrolled and eligible Veterans aged 60 years and older. (03/09/2021)

WNC VA Health Care System Announces Ms. Angela Stone as Franklin CBOC Director - WNC VA Health Care System Announces Ms. Angela Stone as Franklin CBOC Director (02/19/2021)

WNC VA Health Care System Visitation Policy Changes - The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System is changing its visitation policy for admitted non-COVID-19 Acute Care Veterans (this does not include Warrior’s Recovery Unit and Community Living Center). (02/18/2021)

COVID-19 Vaccine Update - The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System -- which includes Charles George VA Medical Center, and the Rutherford County, Hickory and Franklin CBOCS -- is working diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to VA employees and Veterans who receive care at VA and who meet current CDC guidelines. Vaccines are provided by appointment only. There is nothing Veterans have to do to be offered the vaccine. Our health care professionals will reach out to them. Once an appointment is set, we are providing first and second doses at the outdoor vaccine clinic. Veterans will be able to drive up to the tents, and receive their vaccines in their vehicle. (02/12/2021)

Charles George VA Medical Center celebrates 73 years of academic partnerships to improve the health - The Charles George VA Medical Center announced today as part of its 75th anniversary commemoration of academic affiliations that it has trained thousands of health professionals through its collaborations with more than 100 affiliates, beginning with Duke University medical center Department of Surgery. (01/27/2021)

WNC VA Health Care System participates in VA’s Veterans Health Administration celebrating 75 years - This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commemorates 75 years of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Originally established in 1946 as the Department of Medicine & Surgery to care for Veterans returning from World War II, VHA has evolved to meet the unique challenges and care needs of Veterans from every era and at every stage of their lives. (01/15/2021)

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2020

WNC VA Health Care System vaccinates 1,000 against COVID-19 - The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System (WNCVAHCS) has now vaccinated 1,000 people – employees and Veterans – in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Dec. 31, Leslie Anderson, a Primary Care 3 Nurse at the Charles George VA Medical Center, became the 1,000th person to receive the vaccine at a little after noon. She said she did so for her family and our Veterans. (12/31/2020)

Covid-19 Vaccine coming to Western North Carolina - The Charles George VA Medical Center (part of the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System) has plans to roll out vaccine administration to front-line VA health care workers and Veterans residing in the CGVAMC community living center once the vaccine arrives. (12/17/2020)

VA, federal partners plan for COVID-19 vaccination distribution - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine plan to ensure VA safely and equitably distributes vaccines once authorized. (11/30/2020)

Charles George VAMC offers Valet service - Charles George VAMC offers Valet service (11/24/2020)

WNC VA Health Care System continues to thrive during COVID-19 pandemic - Despite COVID-19 restrictions, CDC guidelines, masks and physical distancing, the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System continues to serve its Veterans without missing a beat. (11/24/2020)

WNC VA Health Care System still offering flu shots for qualified Veterans - WNC VA Health Care System still offering flu shots for qualified Veterans (11/20/2020)

Franklin CBOC phones, power down - The Franklin Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is currently without power and phones. The Franklin CBOC will not be able to have appointments until power is restored. With the phones down, personnel are unable to contact patients to make them aware of the situation. (10/29/2020)

Update: Power restored at Rutherford County, Franklin CBOCs - Update: Power restored at Rutherford County, Franklin CBOCs (10/29/2020)

Battling COVID-19 in Oahu - In early September, the Charles George VA Medical Center sent two dedicated Surgical Intensive Care nurses to a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (10/28/2020)

Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony - The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans’ Affairs invites everyone to join us online for a virtual Veterans Day Ceremony, to be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 from Council Chambers, Asheville City Hall. While City Hall is open in a limited capacity to provide service to our residents, this ceremony will be virtual for safety reasons, to help avoid the transmission of COVID-19. The event is co-sponsored by the Charles George VA Medical Center, Buncombe County Veterans Council and the City of Asheville. (10/28/2020)

CGVAMC Hiring Now - The Charles George VA Medical Center is now hiring. (10/16/2020)

A Time for Innovation - This year, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) leadership reviewed more than 400 submissions and selected the top 15 practices which address key priorities, including increased access to care, suicide prevention and health care after COVID-19. According to Dr. Anne Bailey, Pharmacist Provider and Emerging Tech Clinical Specialist, Western North Carolina VA Health Care System submitted five of the 400 Shark Tank applications this year, and though they were not selected among the final top 15, two did standout as emerging strong practices. (10/16/2020)

Western North Carolina VA Health Care System now offers virtual waiting rooms - Western North Carolina VA Health Care System Veterans going to VA medical appointments are now using their cell phones to check in without having to worry about sitting in crowded waiting rooms. All the Health Care System’s facilities – including Charles George VA Medical Center, Rutherford County, Franklin and Hickory Community Based Outpatient Clinics – are now using VEText Mobile Check-in as another way to protect Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (10/05/2020)

Caregivers Program begins expanding eligibility - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today implementation of a new information technology (IT) system marking the official launch of the first phase of expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) to caregivers of eligible Veterans of earlier eras. The Caregiver Records Management Application (CARMA) automates manual processes and integrates with other VA systems, resulting in increased efficiencies and effectiveness for VA staff. The expansion rolls out in two phases. Effective Oct. 1, the first phase includes eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975. Effective Oct. 1, 2022, the second phase will include eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty between May 7, 1975 and Sept. 11, 2001. (10/05/2020)

Franklin CBOC VA now has virtual waiting rooms - FRANKLIN N.C. – Franklin Community Based Outpatient Clinic Veterans are now using their cell phones to check in for in-person VA appointments, which turns their automobile into a virtual waiting room. This move comes as the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System continues to transition to the safest possible ways to treat its Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (10/05/2020)

New Process: Text “Here’ to be seen - Western North Carolina VA Health Care System Veterans going to VA medical appointments are now using their cell phones to check in without having to worry about sitting in crowded waiting rooms. All the Health Care System’s facilities – including Charles George VA Medical Center, Rutherford County, Franklin and Hickory Community Based Outpatient Clinics – are now using VEText Mobile Check-in as another way to protect Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. (09/23/2020)

New travel reimbursement system available to Veterans and beneficiaries - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Oct. 5 that the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System will now use the new Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS) to reimburse eligible Veterans and beneficiaries for travel to and from VA medical appointments. (09/21/2020)

Western North Carolina VA Health Care System to host drive-thru flu shot clinic - It is especially important this year to receive your flu shot as this flu season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, Sept. 14, all enrolled Veterans at the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System will have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot. (09/10/2020)

September is Suicide Prevention Month - September is the annual Suicide Prevention Month and the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System wants to remind Veterans and their loved ones through the Be There campaign that small actions can make a big difference to Veterans experiencing difficult times. (09/01/2020)

Like Family: Charles George VA Medical Center gets top marks for patient experience - When it comes to patient experience, Charles George VA Medical Center is on the short list of top performers nationwide. So says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which released its star ratings July 31. Of the 3,478 hospitals rated by CMS, the medical center’s five-star rating was among the best, along with only 265 other hospitals. (09/01/2020)

VA to award $3.7 million in grants help prevent, end Veteran homelessness in Asheville - Thanks to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, beginning Oct. 1, five grants totaling $3.7 million will be awarded to local community organizations to help prevent homelessness in the Asheville, N.C area. The grants, part of the Grant Per Diem (GPD) program, are available in three categories – Per Diem Only, Special Needs, and Transition in Place grants. (08/24/2020)

New Tech App enhances safety at Western North Carolina VA Health Care System - Veterans going to their VA medical appointments next week will be able to check in remotely without having to worry about a crowded waiting room. (08/17/2020)

CGVAMC Nurse recognized by Great 100 Nurses in N.C - Linda Bugg, a Registered Nurse at the Charles George VA Medical Center -- part of the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System -- has been recognized by the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina organization. (07/27/2020)

Western North Carolina VA Health Care System nurses earn national awards - Two Western North Carolina VA Health Care System employees were presented Secretary of VA's Awards for Excellence in Nursing & for Advancement in Nursing Programs during a virtual ceremony July 17 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Chief Nurse Executive Dave Przestrzelski and Licensed Practical Nurse Jim Luetkenhaus won in the Nurse Executive and Licensed Practical Nurse categories respectively. Stephanie Young, Western North Carolina VA Health Care System Director, presented the awards on behalf of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and Dr. Richard Stone, Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge, who participated in the virtual event. (07/22/2020)

Safe Health Care from the comfort of home during COVID-19 - To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at its facilities, the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System asks that Veterans use VA’s online resources for routine or non-urgent health care and questions. This will help protect Veterans from contracting COVID-19 while enabling CGVAMC providers to focus on care for Veterans with the most acute needs. (06/05/2020)

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2019

Franklin CBOC: Wayah Street Road Closure and Detours - Beginning June 20, 2019 Wayah Street will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of Wells Grove and Depot Street to the intersection of Porter Street and US 441 Business. (06/18/2019)

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2018

VA Announces New Director For CGVAMC - Stephanie Young will be the new Director for the Charles George VA Medical Center. (01/11/2018)

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2016

Saluting Our Veterans Car Show - ASHEVILLE, N.C. –The Charles George VA Medical Center will host the 6th annual “Saluting our Veterans Open Car and Bike Show” Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the visitor parking lot. The event is open to the public and attendance is free. Participants who would like to enter their vehicle must pay a $10.00 fee to register. The event will feature awards, prizes, games, music and food. For more information contact Gary Oliver at 828-335-9134. (10/28/2016)

Statue Unveiling - On Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11 a.m., Charles George VA Medical Center hosted an unveiling ceremony for a statue of the facility’s namesake, Private First Class Charles George, a native of Western North Carolina and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. (09/15/2016)

Tinnitus Management Program - Tinnitus is a medical condition consisting of a constant ringing in the years. It is a very common issue and affects many Veterans. The Charles George VA has a program that is helping Veterans manage the condition. (08/29/2016)

MRI Capacity Doubled - CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. - On Monday, August 15, 2016 many drivers traveling on tunnel road may have noticed a huge crane beside the entrance to the Charles George VA’s Emergency Department. The crane was there to install a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine doubling the MRI imaging capacity at the medical center. (08/15/2016)

2016 Preceptor of the year - The Charles George VA Medical Center anesthesia section recently received two significant honors from the 2016 graduates of the Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program “Clinical Site of the Year” and the “Preceptor of the Year.” (07/19/2016)

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2015

Asheville VA, CBOCs to Close Early on Christmas Eve - Local VA facilities to close early on Christmas Eve. (12/23/2015)

Hickory CBOC Realignment - The VA Community Based Out Patient Clinic in Hickory to be realigned under the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. (03/02/2015)

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2014

Asheville VA Addresses asbestos questions - Veterans visiting the Asheville VA should feel safe coming to the medical center to recieve their health care. (09/16/2014)

Stent research underway at Asheville VA Hospital - Stent research underway at Asheville VA Hospital (04/22/2014)

CGVAMC Adds Checkin Kiosks - Appointment self check-in stations have arrived at the Charles George VA Medical Center. (01/23/2014)

VA Medical Center asking people with flu symptoms not to visit - VA Medical Center asking people with flu symptoms not to visit (01/09/2014)

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2013

Walk-In flu shot clinics scheduled for Veterans - A number of walk-in flu shot clinics have been scheduled for Veterans around Western North Carolina from Oct. 10 to Nov. 20. (10/07/2013)

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2012

Project Connect and VA Stand Down scheduled for Sept. 6 - Homeless Veterans, and people facing the threat of homelessness, will have the chance to find help on Sept. 6 when the annual Project Connect and VA Stand Down events will be held. (08/31/2012)

VA Hospital employees donate 3,000 lbs. of food to MANNA FoodBank - Employees and volunteers at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) collected more than 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items during a three-month long collection effort that has been donated directly to the MANNA FoodBank in Asheville. (08/31/2012)

VISN 6 Newsletter - Mid Atlantic health Care Network releases new edition of "Voices of VISN 6" newsletter (01/31/2012)

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2011

Proposed Rutherford Bypass - The state has proposed a highway project that could effect the property where the Rutherford Community Based Outpatient Clinic is located. Regardless, VA will continue to provide care to Veterans in the area. (08/19/2011)

Charles George VAMC Rolls Out Secure Messaging - The Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville is enthusiastically embracing new technologies to help better serve our more than 33,000 veteran patients in Western NC. (04/22/2011)

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2010

VISN 6 Newsletter - VISN 6 releases new edition of "Voices of VISN 6" newsletter (11/10/2010)

Free Flu Shot Clinic for eligible Veterans announced - CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. – The Asheville VA Medical Center is offering free flu shots to eligible Veterans at the Medical Center, and at the Community based clinics in Franklin and Rutherfordton.  (10/12/2010)

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