Press Releases - White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont
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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Press Releases


Free live performance by Re-Creation USA - The White River Junction U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System announced this month that Re-Creation’s “ROCKIN’ IN THE USA!” show will appear at the Brigg’s Opera House in White River Junction on August 5, 2021 bringing a new stage presentation to Veterans and their community. “We are elated to once again host another performance by the talented Re-Creation USA cast!” said Brett Rusch, Executive Director of White River Junction VA Healthcare System. “Their performance is entertainment for all ages that inspires those who watch and this year it is made possible by our community partners.” (07/19/2021)

Annual Blessing of the Bikes - The White River Junction U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System announces the return of the Blessing of the Bikes event which will be held on July 25, 2021 this year. (07/09/2021)

VA Police Department’s K9 Ripp to get donation of body armor - The White River Junction U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Police Department’s K9 Ripp will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ripp’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. (06/21/2021)

Manchester Center, Vermont VA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic March 24, 2021 - The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in partnership with Northshire Civic Center will be hosting an off-site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, March 24th, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at the rink in Manchester Center, VT. This clinic will be open to enrolled Veterans of ALL ages. (03/18/2021)

White River Junction VA Healthcare System announces stakeholder listening sessions - The White River Junction VA Healthcare System announced that it will hold a virtual listening session with stakeholders March 23, 2021 to hear from Veterans and the communities VA serves. (03/17/2021)

White River Junction VA Healthcare System begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations for Veterans all ages - With the greater and more consistent availability of Vaccine, White River Junction VA Healthcare System is now able to schedule enrolled Veterans of all ages to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are a Veteran who would like to schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine through the White River Junction VA you can call 802-296-5151. (03/16/2021)

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White River Junction VA Healthcare System administers COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans - White River Junction VA Healthcare System rounds out 2020 by being able to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Veterans. At 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2020, the facility’s inoculated its first outpatient Veteran. (12/31/2020)

White River Junction VA Healthcare System begin COVID-19 vaccination for Veterans - Today marks White River Junction VA’s transition to the next phase, beginning to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans who are at the greatest risk for infection and severe illness based on the CDC’s guidelines. (12/31/2020)

White River Junction VA selected as a lead facility to reintroduce VA health care services - The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has been actively working on plans to reintroduce health care services as Vermont and New Hampshire start moving forward after some COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. The facility will begin reintroducing some face-to-face services on Monday, June 1. (05/27/2020)

Coronavirus screening precautions prompt additional changes at WRJ VAMC - Visitors to the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will notice several changes on campus as the facility intensifies its COVID-19 response efforts. (03/16/2020)

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O'Rourke named New Chief of Staff - White River Junction VA Medical Center Announces Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel O’Rourke joins the White River Junction VA Leadership Team (11/19/2019)

September: Suicide Prevention Month - In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, White River Junction is bringing awareness to its #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues, and Veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult time. (09/12/2019)

Local VA Medical Center Celebrates 2 years in Healthcare Equality Leadership - The Department of Veterans Affairs' White River Junction Medical Center has once again been recognized as the only Vermont hospital who goes above and beyond the basics in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality! (09/04/2019)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION VA MEDICAL CENTER REOPENS OPERATING ROOM AFTER RENOVATIONS - After experiencing flood damage last June, the fourth operating room under went major renovations and upgrades for improved patient safety and access. (08/19/2019)

Veterans Portrait Project is coming to St. Albans, Vermont - The nationally acclaimed Veterans Portrait Project is coming to the Northern Vermont Veterans Expo in St. Albans, Vermont to honor and thank area veterans with a complimentary portrait session on Aug. 10, 2019 (08/01/2019)

New Urgent Care Benefits for Twin State Veterans - White River Junction, VT – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented the MISSION Act on June 6. But one of the lesser known provisions of the law established a new urgent care benefit that allows eligible Veterans access to urgent and walk-in care at participating clinics in their communities. (07/31/2019)

Health Care Delivery Begins Under New VA Contract - Today marks the beginning of health care delivery to our local Veterans under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contract awarded to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc. (07/29/2019)

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WRJ VA Medical Center Breaking Down Equality Barriers - We are pleased to announce that the White River Junction VAMC has recently received the Leader in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Healthcare Equality award from the Human Rights Campaign. (12/14/2015)

Town Hall Meeting - White River Junction VA Medical Center (WRJ VAMC) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will co-host a town hall event on October 20, from 1:00 pm -2:30 pm. (09/30/2015)

Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Is Named Recipient of VA’s 2015 David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement - Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Is Named Recipient of VA’s 2015 David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence (09/23/2015)

South Burlington Vet Center Open House & Information Fair - South Burlington Vet Center is hosting an Open House & Information Fair on September 14, 2015, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Open House will be held in the South Burlington Vet Center, 359 Dorset Street, S. Burlington, Vt. (09/04/2015)

New VA Program Seeks Caregivers and Veterans - “Where Heroes Meet Angels” (08/10/2015)

White River Junction VA Million Veteran Program Enlists 1,000th Recruit - White River Junction VA Million Veteran Program Enlists 1,000th Recruit (07/31/2015)

White River VA Medical Center Outcomes Physicians Receive Career Development Awards - White River Junction VA Medical Center is pleased to announce that two surgeons from White River Junction’s VA Outcomes Group have been awarded career development awards. In addition to the honor bestowed by these highly competitive regional grants, the awards provide critical salary support that allows promising junior investigators to jumpstart productive careers as clinician-investigators. (07/21/2015)

The VA Outcomes Group: New Leadership, New Energy, New Horizons - Drs. Phil Goodney, a vascular surgeon, and Brenda Sirovich, a general internist, recently completed their first year at the helm of the VA Outcomes Group (VAOG) ( The Outcomes Group, formed in 1991 by two young clinician-investigators, Gil Welch and Elliott Fisher, has matured into an internationally recognized group of clinician-researcher-educators based at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. For over two decades, this diverse group of physicians across a variety of specialties – internists and surgeons, specialists and generalists – has sought to critically evaluate the effectiveness of health care, advance the knowledge needed to improve the health of Veterans and the population, and train the next generation of clinician investigators. Dozens of physicians have begun or fostered successful academic careers in VAOG, including a number of national and internationally recognized leaders in outcomes research, quality improvement, and health care administration. (06/23/2015)

Summer of Service Open House - A new nationwide initiative called a “Summer of Service” seeks the help of local communities to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans. (06/19/2015)

Oscar K. Gibbs, PA-C Receives National Recognition as AAPA Distinguished Fellow - Distinguished Fellow Program Salutes HIM for Going “Above and Beyond” In Service to Community and the Profession (06/04/2015)

White River Junction VA Pilots Direct Scheduling for Optometry and Audiology - White River Junction VA Pilots Direct Scheduling for Optometry and Audiology (06/01/2015)

VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility - VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility (04/28/2015)

The New V.A. System: Two EPs Shed Light On Advances in V.A. Emergency Medicine - If you’re an emergency physician, you could be forgiven for seeing the beleaguered Veteran’s Administration as a second-tier place to work. (02/11/2015)

Standup for Cleanliness - WRJ holds standup for cleanliness event (01/23/2015)

Join our VA AmeriCorps Team - White River Junction VA AmeriCorps Positions (01/12/2015)

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Blueprint for Excellence Fact Sheet - VA Secretary Robert McDonald and Interim Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, have developed a guiding document for VA moving forward called the Blueprint for Excellence. The purpose of this document is to offer a detailed vision of how VA will evolve as a model national health care provider - delivering both excellent health care and an excellent experience of care to all Veterans served. (11/07/2014)

Strength to Serve - The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is accepting applications for four new AmeriCorps members for year 2 of Strength to Serve, an AmeriCorps program of the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation. (10/29/2014)

Ebola Preperation - White River Junction VA Medical Center is moving ahead quickly to ensure that we are ready for any Ebola related incidents. (10/28/2014)

Million Vet Program - The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is now enrolling Veterans at White River Junction VA. (10/23/2014)

Littleton Clinic: New Lease - New Lease and Increased Services at Littleton CBOC (10/07/2014)

Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 - Did you serve on active duty at Camp Lejeune? You and your family may be eligible for increased health care services. (09/30/2014)

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VA Expands Recovery Options - White River Junction, VT - White River Junction VA Medical Center will be celebrating the Grand Opening of its new Residential Recovery Center (RRC) Friday, February 22sd at 1:00 p.m. The Residential Recovery Center, a VA Substance Abuse Residential Rehab Treatment Program, officially opened its doors to regional Veterans on October 9th, 2012. The new recovery center has enrolled over 50 regional Veterans over its first 4 months of operation, and has facilitated the expansion of on-site substance abuse treatment well beyond the immediate needs of an intensive inpatient medical detox stay. The White River Junction VA Medical Center continues to expand services to eligible Veterans throughout its hospital catchment area, which includes all of the state of Vermont and the four contiguous counties of New Hampshire. The Medical Center’s new Residential Recovery Center provides a full continuum of residential-level treatment that has proven necessary for those individuals struggling with the most severe addiction problems and complicating co-morbidities. The program is offered as a six week intensive residential program specifically providing tandem evidence based treatments for co-morbidities such as PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and accommodation for either cognitive effects of PTSD or of traumatic brain injury. VA is doing its very best to bring the full scope of clinical services to all of the Veterans it serves. (02/21/2013)

At VA; They're Making Sure That No Veteran Dies Alone - Our goal at the White River Junction VA is to ensure that all Veterans, particularly those at the end of life, have the support and care they need. The White River Junction VA, with a grant provided by the State of Vermont, has embarked upon a new initiative: “No Veteran Dies Alone”. The goal of this program is to ensure that Veterans who spend their last days in the Medical Center’s Hospice Care Setting and do not have loved ones to be with them, have a companion who will spend time with them and bring care and compassion to their last days. To this end, we are establishing a dedicated group of “Compassionate Companions”. A compassionate companion is a palliative care (hospice) volunteer who helps ensure the facility accomplishes its mission to honor Veteran’s preferences for care at the end of life by spending time at the bedside of a terminally ill Veteran. This duty isn’t to be taken lightly, and is considered an integral part of the quality of care given at the Medical Center. We hope that you find that your time spent at our facility is a rewarding experience and that you gain new skills and personal gratification while serving our Veteran population. Our Veterans and staff members will truly appreciate the time, dedication and caring that you will provide as a palliative care volunteer at the WRJ VA Medical Center. (02/17/2013)

White River Junction VA Medical Center Announces Flu Shot Events Throughout Vermont & New Hampshire - On Friday, the 11th of January, the White River Junction VA Medical Center announced it would be conducting thirteen flu shot events for Veterans during the week of January 14 to January 19 throughout its Vermont and New Hampshire catchment area. White River Junction's flu shot events will be conducted in collaboration with Veteran eligibility and enrollment opportunities at its main campus, at its seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and several community locations. (01/11/2013)

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VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director - Deborah Amdur Brings Leadership, Proven Experience to White River Junction VAMC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Amdur as the new director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vt. Amdur will oversee a full-service hospital classified as a Complexity Level 2 facility that provides care to approximately 25,000 unique veterans from a two-state hospital service area of Vermont and New Hampshire, with an operating budget of $150+ million. (11/16/2012)

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