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VAPORHCS Doctors stand next to a CT scanner.Lung Cancer - new research
VAPORHCS research finds new low-dose CT scan program may help save lives. Portland is one of eight VA facilities chosen to develop a comprehensive a lung cancer screening system aimed at high-risk Veterans.
Veterans & Family Advisory BoardVeterans wanted for Board
VAPORHCS is presently seeking Veterans (non-employees) and family members for the Veteran & Family Advisory Board (VFAB). If you know someone who is a good candidate, please ask if they might be interested.
A sample of the new redesign.We've Re-Designed Our Entire Website for You!
Our new look is designed to help you easily and quickly access information with intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. This redesign is based on feedback from Veterans and VA facilities around the country.
Nurses Week 2013Nurses Week 2013--May 6-12
Portland VA Medical Center nurses care for Veterans in a variety of ways with a passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.
Bend CBOC Ribbon CuttingBend Clinic Expands to Serve Veterans
The Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic held a Grand Opening of the new expanded facility Jan. 20, 2013.
Move! to lose weightWant Help Losing Weight? Join Move!
Are you interested in losing a few pounds? Need help? Portland VA Medical Center Move! Weight Loss Program can help Veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.
National HIV Testing DayNational HIV Testing Day
What is HIV? HIV is a virus. HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus: H - Human. This virus infects human beings. I - Immunodeficiency. This virus attacks a person's immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against infections, such as bacteria and viruses. Once attacked by HIV, the immune system becomes deficient and doesn't work properly. V - Virus. A virus is a type of germ too small to be seen even with a microscope. Some viruses, such as the ones that cause colds or flu, stay in the body for only a few days. HIV, however, never goes away. A person who is infected with HIV is said to be "HIV positive." Once a person is HIV positive, that person will always be HIV positive.
National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2012National HIV Testing Day
What is HIV? HIV is a virus. H - Human. This virus infects human beings. I - Immunodeficiency. This virus attacks a person's immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against infections, such as bacteria and viruses. Once attacked by HIV, the immune system becomes deficient and doesn't work properly. V - Virus. A virus is a type of germ too small to be seen even with a microscope. Some viruses, such as the ones that cause colds or flu, stay in the body for only a few days. HIV, however, never goes away. A person who is infected with HIV is said to be "HIV positive." Once a person is HIV positive, that person will always be HIV positive. Read more about HIV Testing Day
Celebrating Nurses Week 2012Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring
Nurses work in many areas of practice. They have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.
Vets4Vets team members recently visted Portland VAMC patients. From left to right are Brittany Degen, Veteran Patrick Day, Wesa Opton, Monica Carlson, and Kimberly Douglas.Vets4Vets bring smiles to hospitalized Veterans
The Vets4Vets group of former professional sports team dancers, visited with inpatients at the Portland VA Medical Center on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Members of the newly formed organization included Kimberly Douglas, Brittany Degen, Wesa Opton, and Monica Carlson along with the team’s founder John Curry.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Abstract crop of a prescription labelA New and Improved VA Prescription Label
VA asked hundreds of Veterans to tell us what they liked and didnít like about the labels on their prescriptions. We heard you. The results led to this new patient-centric prescription label.
A nurse wraps a Veteran's arm with a blood pressure cuffVA Nurse Goes the Extra Mile in Veteran Care
While treating a Veteran patient, Nurse Chuck Maulden noticed the Veteran's feet were in really bad shape with huge blisters probably due to worn out shoes. They both wore the same size shoe. So...
Three women smile as they prepare food in a kitchenIs This the Year You Will Volunteer on MLK Day?
For Volunteers who work every day to help our Veterans, the MLK holiday is one more opportunity to repay the men and women who have sacrificed so much for America. Find out how you can join in.
A man and woman dressed in wedding attire smile and hold hands above their headsDying Veteran Gets Married at Buffalo VA
An Army Veteran with not long to live decided it was time to marry his girlfriend of 17 years. The staff at the Buffalo VA, where heís receiving cancer treatments, helped him turn his wish into reality.
A man talks to a homeless man sitting by a brick wallJoint Effort Helps Homeless Vets in 25 Cities
During one of the coldest weeks of winter, itís difficult to imagine what it must be like to have no heat, no home, and no help. VA is working hard to get help to Americaís Veterans who are experiencing homelessness.
A woman with a crown in a wheelchair smiles Helping Beneficiaries Stricken with Spina Bifida
About 1,300 people are enrolled in the Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program where VA is looking at better ways to help people stricken with the disorder get the care they need.
A woman examines a Veteran's eyesGlaucoma: Silent Cause of Vision Loss
One-and-a-half million Veterans have a vision threatening eye disease, including 285,000 with glaucoma, which usually starts without any symptoms. Get tested now — it's quick and painless.
Seniors lift weights at a gym2015 New Year's Resolution: End Binge Eating
VA Researchers are taking a close look at an issue threatening the health of many Veterans: binge eating. If you recognize this in yourself, follow the MOVE link at the end of the story. VA is here to help
Man shows his ID card to a woman at a deskTop 10 Stories from VA Health Care in 2014
Each year, we post more than 100 stories about health topics on the VA Health Care and VA Medical Center home pages. Here are the Top 10 stories from 2014, based on our reader’s visits.
Boyscout next to a decorated treeTo Face Unafraid, the Plans that We've Made
Food, fun and gifts: At VA medical centers across the country, hundreds of volunteers, community organizations and VA staff come together to help America’s Veterans celebrate the holiday season.

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