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VA Southeast Network (VISN7)


VISN 7 Accomplishments

Augusta Mammography Programs Accredited by the American College of Radiology


The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Mammography Program in Augusta, Ga., was accredited by the American College of Radiology in August. They are one of the few such programs in VA to be. Mammography is part of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Augusta Women's Health Program. It provides a number of services and facilities to meet the unique needs of female veterans in addition to mammography. 

Kutistia Ragland helped lead the way in achieving the accredidation, in addition to the leadership of the Radiology Department! 

Some other services in the Women's Health Program include: 
  • Gynecology services
  • Psychiatric services
  • Psychological services
  • Women Veterans Health Clinic
GPM Spotlight Award winner for September 2020 
Ben Thayer was named the September 2020 Group Practice Mananger Spotlight Award winner. His leadership was especially impressed with his outstanding contributions to support the VA Southeast Network throughout the COVID-19 response in his role as VISN 7 Group Practice Manager. This award was a testament to his dedication, creativity, and innovation as a GPM. 

Columbia VAHCS director wins Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award for forging a culture of safety

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) awarded Dr. David Omura the 2020 Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award, a recognition given to the South Carolina healthcare leader who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to creating a culture of high reliability to eliminate harm from all facets of care. The VA has won six SCHA Certified Zero Harm Awards since his appointment, and the facility also won the 2020 National VA Patient Experience Cultural Innovation award for highlighting a culture of excellence and promoting zero harm values. The Red Coat Ambassador concierge program received recognition as a Gold Standard Program by the National Veteran Experience Office. 

VISN 7 medical centers named as Top Performer, Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality 

In 2020, 64 VA medical centers were designated as a Leader, and 34 were designated as a Top Performer, in LGBT Healthcare Equality. We are pleased to announce that several VISN 7 facilities made the list. Alabama, Central Alabama and Tuscaloosa achieved the Leader designation. Dublin achieved Top Performer designation. This is another example of VISN 7 High Reliability Organizations at work!

Columbia VAHCS wins multiple national VA awards 

In July 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently recognized the Columbia VA Health Care System (HCS) for three national VA awards – the VA Patient Experience Award for Cultural Innovation; the Excellence Award in Social Work Leadership; and the 2020 Excellence Award for Voluntary Services.

Charleston VA receives SCDHEC Stroke Designation

In October, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center achieved the Primary Stroke Center Designation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and is currently the only VA in the state with that designation. The designation places Charleston VA within the state’s stroke system network and identifies the facility as a provider of the spectrum of care to all stroke patients.


CAVHCS nurse, story featured on NPR's "All Thing's Considered"

Central Alabama VA Health Care System Registered Nurse Cheryl Owens story was featured on NPR's All Thing's Considered after she wrote an op ed about the history of her home city, Tuskegee, Ala., and how it not only impacted her choice to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but how it is impacting Veterans, her family, her friends, and other members of the community. You can read the op ed here, and listen to the NPR feature here