The Best VA Hospitals of 2018
Since 2014, all the news we hear out of the VA seems to be bad news. However, there are some stories of drastic improvement at some VA facilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs is staffed with thousands of dedicated employees who make it their life’s work to care for America’s veterans. That’s why we did some research on the best VA hospitals in 2018. When improvements are made to VA operations, they should be pointed out and commended.
2018 Most Improved VA Medical Centers
Some VA facilities that have shown incredible improvement in terms of quality and timely access to care. In total, 38 VA hospitals improved their star rating between 2017 – 2018. Here are a few of the best VA hospitals in 2018 based on the VA’s annual quality rankings report.
In 2017, the VA medical center in Hot Springs, South Dakota received a dismal 2-star quality ranking. In just one year, however, the Hot Springs VA improved to 5-stars, making it the most dramatically improved facility in this year’s rankings.
The Asheville VA medical center has been widely regarded as one of the very best VA healthcare facilities in the United States. This year, the Asheville VA medical center holds the number two ranking of all VA health centers, keeping up its reputation as being one of the best VA hospitals in the nation.
Feel Good VA Stories from 2018
In Anoka, Minnesota, volunteers, with the help of the local VA, are working together to ensure that homeless veterans have a warm place to sleep. An estimated 37,000 veterans go without shelter every night in America. That’s why the VA in Anoka opened the doors of a cottage on their grounds providing shelter for 28 veterans.
At the Manchester, New Hampshire VA, a new recreational therapy program was launched aimed at helping improve the overall cognitive health of veterans at the facility. Recreational therapists at the Manchester VA help to build positive routines through activities such as bowling, horticulture and sled hockey. New programs like the recreational therapy program at the Manchester VA should serve as a blueprint for enhancing quality and effectiveness of care throughout the VA healthcare system.
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