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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

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Coffee Lady at the Coffee CartThe Coffee Lady Delivers for Hines' Veterans
If you’ve spent a Friday at Hines VA Hospital, you’ve probably seen her walking the halls at Hines. Many of you have even tried her coffee. But what do you know about Birgette “The Coffee Lady” Riegels Doucet?
Key dignitaries gather in the lobby at Hines VA Hospital during announcement of Tiny Boots program.Tiny Boots Child Care Program for Veterans
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs and YWCA have introduced Tiny Boots, a child care program for Veterans to use while at medical appointments or job interviews. Call 630-580-3199 for information.
WWII Veteran and Hines Volunteer Peter PoulosHappy 100th Birthday Peter Poulos
Happy 100th Birthday to Peter "Sarge" Poulos! Special thanks to WGN Morning News for helping us celebrate. Hines employees and volunteers gathered to celebrate with Mr. Poulos.
Picture of Peter Poulos from World War II inset within photo of Mr. Poulos at age 99.WWII Veteran Shares 'Pearl Harbor' Experience
On this 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Hines WWII Veteran and long-time volunteer, Peter Poulos shares his experience. "At that time, I was working on the railroad...
Veterans selecting food items at the Hines VA Hospital Food PantryHines Food Pantry Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
The Food Pantry at Hines VA Hospital is a partnership with Hines VA Hospital, the Food Depository, and AmeriCorps. Just last week, the pantry celebrated its second anniversary.
Photo of US Senator Dick Durbin and Hines Staff touring hospitalU.S. Sen. Richard Durbin Visits Hines VA Hospital
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently stopped by Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for a visit. He was greeted by Acting Network Director, Renee Oshinski and Hospital Director, Steven Braverman, M.D.
Photo of Veteran and Prosthetist with new Biom AnkleemPOWER for the Veteran
On a recent October day, Veterans at Hines became the first patients and Hines VA hospital the first hospital in the nation to use the new emPOWER ankle. Seven veterans were invited to trial the new ankle...
Photo of Hospital Director  Steven E. Braverman, M.D.New Leadership at Hines VA Hospital
We are pleased to introduce Steven E. Braverman, M.D. as our new Hospital Director. Dr. Braverman has now been on board for three weeks at Hines after nearly 30 years serving our nation as an Army physician.
Veterans Crisis LineU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Helps Veterans
VA is at the ready to help any Veteran in crisis. Veterans can access immediate, confidential support through the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line. Support is just a phone call, click, or text away, 24 hours a day.
Patient KiosksNew Travel Benefit Option on Patient Kiosks
In an effort to provide more convenient and timely service for Veterans requesting mileage reimbursement, Hines VA Hospital’s Beneficiary Travel department implemented a new change in how travel claims are processed.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.
Wheelchair basketball gameVeterans Compete in National Wheelchair Games
For Veterans with physical disabilities, the National Wheelchair Games help Veterans become aware of their abilities and potential. And there is a great spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
A member of the VA Central California Health Care Systems Hepatitis C Clinic approaches a      homeless persons tent in Fresno, Calif. Getting homeless Veterans tested for Hepatitis C
Jennifer Siilata is a VA clinical pharmacist and she knows how dangerous the Hep C virus is if left untreated. She knows it is curable. Her goal? Find high-risk homeless Veterans and get them tested.
Golden Triangle Performance Ensemble entertains Pittsburgh Veterans after parade around campusPittsburgh Veterans Celebrate the Fourth of July
Independence Day parade at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center honors Veterans living in the Community Living Center. Third year for performers who call it the “highlight of their year.”
Illustration of back musclesVeterans with Back Pain Have Treatment Options
In a survey of more than 3,500 back pain sufferers, 80% said that yoga, tai chi, massage therapy or a chiropractor helped them. Those options can help as much as surgery or drugs, with fewer risks.
Doca Merdjanoska, surgical department nurse at the VA Central California HealthFresno VA Medical Center's Nurse of the Year
Meet Doca Merdjanoska from Macedonia, one of VA's top nurses. Our continuing series of outstanding VA employees features a surgical department nurse at the Fresno VA Medical Center.
Putting sunblock on your skinVeterans: Protect Your Skin and Your Hearing
Veterans: Do you know the difference in Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet A sun's rays? And what is a safe decibel (dB) level of noise? Here are a few quick handy answers just in time for summer.
Portrait of the Graves family.A Veteran's Final Hours at a VA Hospital
Carol Graves, wife of Army Veteran C.A. Graves, said her 76-year-old husband received the utmost respect and kindness during the last few days of his life at the VA hospital in Shreveport, La.
People KayakingVA and Healing Powers of Nature Rescue Vet
When the transition to civilian life left an Air Force Veteran in a dark place, he turned to VA and nature for help. There is so much healing that goes on when you are alone surrounded by nature.
Male Veteran standing beside a horse.Veterans Conquer Depression with Equine Therapy
For some Veterans coping with depression, post-traumatic stress and even physical pain, spending some quality time with a horse (also known as equine therapy) might just be the perfect remedy.

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