Pittsburgh VA http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh VA Struggles To Compete In 'Eds And Meds' Economy http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-va-struggles-compete-eds-and-meds-economy <p></p><p></p><p>Reports of secret waitlists and preventable deaths at Veteran’s Affairs hospitals in Phoenix have spurred a nationwide audit of VA healthcare facilities.</p><p>The situation in Pittsburgh is not as dire as it is in Phoenix, but the VA facilities here are facing their own unique challenges.</p><p>Southwestern Pennsylvania is home to more than 260,000 veterans and their families, one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the United States.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:20:21 +0000 Liz Reid 30734 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh VA Struggles To Compete In 'Eds And Meds' Economy Legionnaire's Disease in the VA Hospital system http://wesa.fm/post/legionnaires-disease-va-hospital-system <p></p><p>In a series of <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4185621-74/legionnaires-cdc-disease#axzz2WUxhm3wJ">articles</a> in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reporter Adam Smeltz has <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4177912-74/legionella-patients-workers#axzz2WUxhm3wJ">investigated</a> on the prevalence of the Legionella bacteria, which causes <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/legionnairesdisease.html">Legionnaire's disease</a>, in Pittsburgh's VA hospital in Oakland. &nbsp;His findings indicate that there may have been reason to fear an outbreak in the hospital prior to the one that occurred in 2011.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:02:00 +0000 John Lavanga 11667 at http://wesa.fm Legionnaire's Disease in the VA Hospital system At a House Inside the VA, Injured Vets Prepare to Return Home http://wesa.fm/post/house-inside-va-injured-vets-prepare-return-home <p>There is a house inside a building at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affair’s Aspinwall campus.</p><p>The house has everything one would expect – a doorbell, cable, flatware, a bedroom. There’s even a garage (but with half of a car).</p><p>The 1,100 square foot house, called MyHome, is a part of the VA’s Community Living Center, and it's designed to help patients recovering from physical or mental injuries transition safely back to their homes.</p><p>But that transition takes practice, according to VA Pittsburgh Rehab Site Supervisor Jason Fay.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:45:35 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 7230 at http://wesa.fm At a House Inside the VA, Injured Vets Prepare to Return Home