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VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD

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With a focus on improving access to mental health care for Veterans living in rural areas, today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has launched a pilot telehealth program that will give rural Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remote access to psychotherapy and related services.

Healthy Me, Healthy We: Preventing Dating Violence

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Preventing Dating Violence

 

We know the statistics: Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, among high school students who dated or went out with someone, about 1 in 8 girls and 1 in 13 boys reported that they experienced physical dating violence during the 12 months before the survey. Additionally, about 1 in 6 girls and 1 in 18 boys reported that they experienced sexual dating violence. As for adults 18 and older, the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that more than 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence when they were between 11 and 17 years old.

VA Facilities Now Offer Same-day Care for Urgent Primary and Mental Health-care Needs

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Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care needs.

President Donald J. Trump signs Executive Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Veterans Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian Life

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Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.” This Executive Order directs the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to develop a plan to ensure that all new Veterans receive mental health care for at least one year following their separation from service.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune becomes first Level III trauma center in the Navy

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The first trauma center aboard a United States Marine Corps installation celebrated its achievements with an official ribbon cutting on January 18, 2019. This follows a year of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) obtaining Level III verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and state designation by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NC OEMS).

Rear Admiral Terry Moulton, Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy, was in attendance to speak at the event. Moulton thanked United States Senator Thom Tillis along with Onslow County and the state of North Carolina in advocating for NMCCL’s pursuance of becoming a trauma center. Tillis made the official announcement of that goal in June 2017.

“There’s always a lot of barriers to doing partnerships like this. All of them were willing to cut through the red tape,” said Moulton.

NMCCL’s Trauma Center is not only the first Level III Trauma Center in the United States Navy, but the first trauma center in the Navy to service local community trauma patients.The trauma center’s presence at NMCCL is vital to Onslow County and Eastern North Carolina where the closest trauma centers for decades have been more than an hour away in driving distance.

In 2018, NMCCL received Level III trauma center verification through 2020 from the ACS’s Committee on Trauma following an on-site evaluation of processes and systems. Later the same year, the NC OEMS designated NMCCL as a Level III trauma center until August 31, 2021, completing the medical center’s integration into North Carolina’s trauma system.

Recognition by the ACS and state of North Carolina is a testament to NMCCL’s commitment to building and maintain force readiness of medical personnel while proving the highest quality of trauma care to the residents of Eastern Carolina.

NMCCL will continue to work closely with local health care establishments and neighboring trauma centers (Vidant Medical Center, Greenville and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington) to foster the high standard of care patients in the region require.

“As the first medical treatment facility in the Navy to provide trauma care for civilians, we know that this would not be possible without the steadfast support of our community,” said Navy Captain Jeffrey W. Timby, NMCCL Commanding Officer.

Trauma care provides military medical professionals the means to consistently hone their clinical and operational skills in life-saving care, similar to what they may encounter in theater. Providing this type of invaluable training supports a national mission of maintaining a sizeable, read-to-deploy medical force to support international operations and rapid disaster response.

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