VA Western New York Healthcare System
Commanders Day and Tour Highlight VA Care
Over 50 Commanders’ of Veterans posts, and Veteran leaders including representatives from Congressional and a Senator’s office attended the annual Commander’s Day and Open House at VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo. The annual event’s guest list was expanded to inform more Veterans and other leaders about program updates going on at VA Western New York Healthcare System facilities. In addition to Veteran leaders in attendance, Freedom Hall was filled with staff at information tables highlighting VA programs such as Health Promotion Disease Prevention, Patient Aligned Care Team, My HealtheVet, mental health services such as post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention, women’s health, VA health care eligibility information and social work. Veterans could get hands on with telehealth and Health Buddy. Flu vaccines were also provided. Veteran volunteers the Pathfinders, who assist Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn care managers with support for that group of Veterans, Veteran PACT council and Batavia Peer Support group, Vietnam Veterans who assist Veterans going through the PTSD residential program supplemented staff.
Director Brian Stiller expressed his appreciation to all in attendance. He presented information on Veteran utilization, local VA budget and systems improvements made as a result of insulin pen and medical records management.
Dr. Miguel Rainstein shared information about the state of the art fenestrated aortic graft surgery done here and that robotic surgery is coming soon.
Facility tours were offered at the end of the event.