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VA Portland Health Care System is committed to keeping Veterans informed of the health services they have earned through their service to our country and up-to-date with our most recent news by providing support and assistance to members of the news media and community organizations. The Public Affairs Office is available to assist with:

  • Responding to media queries
  • Providing subject matter experts
  • Scheduling and coordinating interviews
  • Escorting news media at any VAPORHCS sites
  • Providing facility images and official logos
  • Providng information about VA-related events
  • Supporting / coordinating outreach activities in the communities we serve
To receive email updates on VAPORHCS news and information, email us at and ask to be added to the Veteran email distribution list.

Interested in our events and classes? Go to our Calendar of Events page.

Find our latest stories on our Local Features page.

Contact the Public Affairs team at (503) 402-2975 for media requests:

Chief, Public & Congressional Affairs, Dan Herrigstad
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. excluding Federal holidays
(503) 402-2975
After hours, Cell (971) 221-4920

Public Affairs Specialist, Vancouver Campus, Kelli Roesch
Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., excluding Federal holidays
Office (360) 759-1935 After hours, Cell (503) 381-7161  

Public Affairs Outreach Specialist, Portland, Ruth Zhang
Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., excluding Federal holidays
Office (503) 808-1920 

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 VAPORHCS Press Releases


Portland VA Medical Center Construction Project Temporary Traffic Changes: Sept. 27 to Nov. 2, 2019

VA Portland Health Care System Women's Health Fair

Largest Annual Wheelchair Sports Event for Veterans Coming to Portland

VA Portland Health Care System among lead sites in new effort to
enroll more Veterans with cancer in clinical trials


Dec. 5, 2016
National VA analytics report released;

Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report put into perspective for Portland

Nov. 11, 2016
Veterans Day Message

Sept. 29, 2016 
The Dalles VA Clinic renamed after Medal of Honor recipient; Ceremony Oct. 1 in The Dalles

June 17, 2016 
VA Northwest Health Network announces new VA Portland Health Care System director

April 19, 2016 
MyVA Cascadia Board invites public for town hall on May 9 in Bend

March 18, 2016 
Acting Director named for VAPORHCS

2016 (Continued):

March 16, 2016 
VA Portland to celebrate opening of new Fisher House on March 23 at 1 p.m.

Mar. 9, 2016 
Office of Inspector General Releases Wait Time Report about VA Portland

Mar. 3, 2016 
VA Portland, Veterans and community leaders celebrate opening of new Fairview Clinic

Jan. 19, 2016 
Newly established MyVA Cascadia Board invites public for town hall on Feb. 25 in Portland


Nov. 10, 2015
Portland VA staff supports nation-wide ‘VA Access Stand Down’

Nov. 5, 2015
VA Portland Health Care System Director’s Veterans Day letter.

Oct. 28, 2015 
Portland VA celebrates 30 years of service to Veterans at the Vancouver Campus Community Living Center

May 26, 2015 
VA Begins “Summer of Service” to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans; Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve Veterans in Nationwide Effort

March. 31, 2015
VA announces new grants to help end Veteran homelessness in Oregon


April. 28, 2014  
VA Northwest Health Network announces new Portland VA Medical Center Director

June. 24, 2014  
Portland VA Medical Center opens new Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Salem

Oct. 17, 2014 
Portland VA Medical Center to notify Veterans affected by inadvertent release of protected health information

Page updated March 7, 2019


Dan Herrigstad
Public Affairs Officer
Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg 101, Room, 120

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