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The 9 Line
30 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Episode 45 - A Place to Call Home
For some Veterans coming to the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System isn't just a quick trip around the corner. Sometimes they come from many hours away due to the size of our catchment area, and sometimes they're here for a very long time and their families need a place to stay. That's where the Fisher House comes into play. Located on our campus, the Fisher House is a 16 room lodging facility where the families of any Veteran or Active Duty servicemember undergoing care in Las Vegas can stay free of charge. On this episode of The Nine Line, we talk with the staff of the Fisher House here in Las Vegas about how the House serves members of our Veteran and Active Duty community, what kind of support it takes from the local community to provide that service, and what drew them to working for the Fisher House.
39 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Episode 44 - Denim Day
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and statistics show that one in three women and one in four men will be subjected to some form of sexual assault during their lifetimes. Sexual Assault, and how the military and Veteran populations deal with it, has become a hot-button issue in many corners of American society as the focus turns towards rooting out predators and giving those who have experienced sexual assault more encouragement to come forward and tell their stories. On this episode of The 9 Line, we're joined by Dr. Nicole Anders and Felicia Douville to talk about VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System's Military Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence programs, some of the data that drives the programs to be more effective, and also about Denim Day, the upcoming capstone event of April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
29 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Episode 43 - Practice How You Play
There are many professions and industries that have simulators to allow staff to practice high-pressure or important scenarios in a practice environment. Airline pilots have very involved simulators that let them see what it is like to suffer any number of technical failures without putting lives and aircraft at risk and police have simulators that let them see what it is like to deal with potentially armed individuals or hostage situations without putting real lives in danger. But did you know the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System also has a robust training facility that allows our staff to see any number of potentially life-threatening medical conditions so they can practice responding to them if they should ever occur in our hospital or clinics? On this episode of The 9 Line, we talk to Dr. Eddie Avallone, Clinician Educator, and Quentin Hart, Simulation Coordinator about our Simulation Lab and how we use it to train staff to be ready for situations, how those training programs and situations are planned and tested, and how they decide on how to focus on what training our staff needs to see the most.
28 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Episode 42 - Safety First, Safety Always
The VA strives to provide care to patients that is safe, high quality, and centered on the needs of the patient. But care like that doesn't just happen naturally, it takes a tremendous effort from a multitude of people to ensure the safety of our Veterans. It involves not only the people who directly see a patient, but also supporting staff like our housekeepers and even the Veteran themselves. On this episode of The Nine Line, we speak with representatives from Patient Safety and Quality, Safety, Value Departments to talk about the ways we create a culture of safety, some of the reporting methods to identify and correct potential patient safety concerns, and discuss some of the ways Veterans can be a part of the patient safety process.
39 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Episode 41 - Fighting Homelessness
Homelessness is an issue that impacts every major city in America, but for a variety of reasons from weather to infrastructure, Las Vegas has the fourth highest rate of Veteran homelessness in the country. There's also a lot of factors that contribute to an individual falling into housing insecurity, such as loss of employment, economic pressures, or even addiction. All of those factors mean that combating homelessness is not an issue with a one-size-fits-all solution but rather must be confronted with a variety of different means. On this episode of The 9 Line, we take a look at Veteran homelessness in Southern Nevada and speak with Liz Jarman, our Community Resource and Referral Center Program Coordinator, Gigi Simmons, HCHV Program Coordinator, and Danielle Zuber, HUD-VASH Supervisor about the many, many avenues the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System uses to help get homeless Veterans off of the streets.
35 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Episode 40 - Keeping the Peace
When you think of a hospital, you may think of doctors, nurses, and medical examinations. Chances are you probably don't think a hospital would have its own police force. However, even though the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has our own police force, our officers aren't out busting crime and solving mysteries. They're primarily here to ensure a safe environment for both patients and providers and are one of the first resources called upon if there is ever a need to de-escalate a situation. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with Deputy Chief Travis Payne, and Captain Jim Karahalios about how the VA Police go about keeping everyone safe, what's on the horizon as the facility looks to keeping security a priority, and a little bit about the newest four-legged member of the force who will be on duty here soon.
44 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 39 - Suicide Prevention is Public Health
Every day, 17 Veterans take the actions to end their own life. While this number is a decrease in years past, it is still entirely too high and a main reason that suicide prevention is one of the VA's highest priorities. One of the key facets to this battle is fighting the loneliness and isolation a lot of Veterans feel both during the holidays and as weather changes, and also the transition from military life to civilian life with regards to routine and camaraderie. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with Alphonso Gibbs Jr. and Ben Starks, two of our suicide prevention coordinators, about how we're looking at facing the challenges of socialization and loneliness as it impacts Veteran suicide and also how they're taking a public health approach to further reducing the number of suicides from 17 to 0.
41 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Episode 37 - Looking Back On The Year
2021 has been a year of many hopes, and many challenges for the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. We've seen the hope brought by the COVID-19 vaccines, and the resurgence of COVID through the Delta variant, in addition to a record number of unique Veterans to our facilities and any number of patient care success stories we've shared with you throughout the year. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with VASNHS Executive Director Bill Caron and recap the year about to go into the history books, and take a look forward at what 2022 could bring to Veteran healthcare in Southern Nevada.
33 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 36 - You Need The Right Fuel
No matter how motivated you are to eat healthy and provide your body with the nourishment it needs, there are so many factors in today's society working against the right kinds of diet. Convenience of unhealthy food, massive portion sizes, and using food as a means to help eliminate stress are just a few of the reasons why today's Americans have issues maintaining a healthy diet and weight. In addition to all those challenges, some Veterans have additional roadblocks that keep them away from a healthy lifestyle. On this episode of The 9 Line, we'll speak with our dietary staff about some of those unique challenges Veterans face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, how VASNHS is addressing health issues brought on by poor dietary habits, and some of the exciting classes available for Veterans to learn to eat a more healthy diet.
32 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Episode 35 - Kicking the Habit
More than 34 million Americans currently smoke in some form, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Acceptance of smoking in public has seen a dramatic decline in recent years, as more and more places become smoke free environments. But just because smoking is less accepted in public spaces doesn't mean smoking itself is in decline. In fact, due to COVID-19 related stress issues, the United States has actually seen an uptick in the number of smokers. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with Dr. Melissa LaVan and Dr. Stephen Slubar about what the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is doing to help Veterans kick the habit, how smoking can make you more susceptible to the worst impacts of COVID-19, and the upcoming Great American Smokeout on the 18th of this month.
35 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 34 - A Matter of Faith
There are plenty of resources and clinics here at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System devoted to physical and mental health of Veterans, but one of the pillars of the Whole Health model we use here is that of spiritual health. Spiritual health of Veterans is attended to by our small cadre of Chaplains, and with close to 300 religious preferences among the Veterans we serve, our Chaplains are plenty busy. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with Chief of Chaplain Service Dr. Dwight Webster, and Chaplain Esther Geevarghese about how we're growing our Chaplain corps here at the VASNHS, some insight as to what a Chaplain does at a VA facility, and much, much more.
39 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 33 - Living Healthy
Whole Health is VA’s cutting-edge approach to care that supports Veteran health and well-being. Whole Health centers around preventative education and finding out what matters to a Veteran, not what is "wrong". This means a Veteran's health team will get to know them as a person, before working to develop a personalized health plan based on their values, needs, and goals. On this Episode of The 9 Line, we speak with a couple of members of our Whole Health staff about how the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is incorporating this modality, what we're doing new with Whole Health, and a host of other issues involving this new way of approaching Veteran health.
39 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 32 -Going Pink
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and nationwide you'll see events aiming to increase visibility and raise funding for breast cancer research. Women Veterans also happen to be the fastest growing single demographic served by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, and we continue to add more and more services to better meet their needs. On this episode of The 9 Line, we're joined by Cindy Clements-Miller, our Woman Veteran Program Manager, to talk about all of the work that's being done to improve our care for Woman Veterans, from conducting focus groups and town halls specifically geared towards women Veterans, to planning out a new Women's Health clinic building. Not only will we talk about what we're doing locally, we'll also discuss with her the full slate of events we've planned for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
41 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Episode 31 - Flu Season
Every fall, Americans gear up for flu season by going to their healthcare providers or their local pharmacy and getting their yearly flu vaccine. Last year, flu metrics dropped across the board, largely because of the measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Masking requirements and social distancing managed to not only slow the spread of COVID, but also kept a whole host of seasonal respiratory illness at bay as well. With the introduction of effective COVID vaccines, many COVID protocols have gone by the wayside and the Delta variant of COVID is ripping through communities right as flu season is about to start. On this episode of The 9 Line, we'll speak with Dr. Myron Kung and Dr. Jason Dazley about this year's double shot of COVID and flu, some information about how the flu vaccine is going to interact with COVID booster shots, and provide an update on the COVID-19 variants of concern circulating around the country and the world.
47 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Episode 30 - Leaving Afghanistan
The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the events and pictures surrounding it is proving to be a very emotional time for a lot of Veterans. Questions about whether their service and sacrifices there were "worth it" are common, and many Veterans are going through a wide range of feelings, from despair, to anger. The Department of Veteran Affairs is trying to be as proactive as possible by setting up a variety of resources, both locally and nationally, to help Veterans process their feelings and give them a place to talk about what they're going through while watching events in Afghanistan unfold in real-time. On this Episode of The 9 Line, we're joined by Las Vegas Vet Center Director Joe Lasky, and Dr. Robert Moering, VASNHS' Local Recovery Coordinator, and we're going to take a look at what Veterans in the area are going through, why they feel the way they do about the drawdown in Afghanistan, and discuss some of the local options available to Veterans who may want someone to talk to about their experiences.
28 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Episode 29 - Your Pharmacy Teammate
One of the advantages of Veterans getting care through the VA is the fact we provide care under the Patient Aligned Care Team, or PACT model. This means Veterans don't just have a primary doctor they see, but are surrounded by whole team of individuals who are focused on providing the best care. One of the members of this team is the PACT Pharmacist. Where pharmacies normally just fill prescriptions a doctor has ordered, the PACT Pharmacist works hand-in-hand with a Veteran to make sure the medications they're taking are meeting their needs. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with PACT Pharmacists Dr. Roseann Visconti and Dr. Cara Knabenshue about all of the ways a PACT Pharmacist helps a Veteran, why the VA includes Pharmacists as part of the PACT model, and some recent changes to the program.
27 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Episode 28 - It's Not All Fun and Games
Just about everyone has hobbies or other activities they do in their free time for enjoyment or for education. Hobbies can also help someone beat addiction, recover from injury, or help them move past a traumatic incident. The therapeutic uses for sports and other activities is the whole reason the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has a Recreational Therapy program to help Veterans recover for past injuries and also to simply enrich their lives. However, Recreational Therapy at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is changing, and getting ready to add artistic and creative outlets for Veterans. Join us on this episode of The 9 Line as we speak with Rec Therapist Chris Hayes about how the Rec Therapy program here in Southern Nevada helps Veterans and what the future holds.
35 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Episode 27 - Making The Switch
For many Veterans, leaving the military is a major life transition that brings with it more questions than answers. The military has a multitude of programs set up to help Veterans find employment, deal with new stresses of civilian life, and help them transition to a different working culture than they may be used to in uniform. But, what about medical care? Transitioning out of the military's medical system and getting into care in the outside world can be very confusing. Fortunately for Veterans seeking to enter the VA's healthcare system, there is the M2VA program, which assists Veterans in getting signed up and smoothly transitioning from the military's medical system. Join us on this episode of The 9 Line as we speak to Bill Powlus and Lisa Paoni about the first steps of transitioning to VA care, some of the changes the M2VA program has seen in recent years, and their role as the VA's "welcoming committee" to newly separated Veterans.
43 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Episode 26 - COVID Fights Back
Over six months into the campaign to vaccinate Americans against the COVID-19 virus, over 380 Million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, and over 57% of the population over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated against the virus. However, those numbers fall far short of what is needed for herd immunity and the ability to stamp out COVID-19 in America. With 35% of Americans having not taken any COVID-19 vaccine at all, this has given the virus a prime opportunity to continue to spread, and also to potentially mutate into different, more dangerous variants of the virus. On this Episode of The 9 Line, we'll speak with Dr. Jason Dazely and Dr. Myron Kung, our two experts on COVID-19, about the risks of not getting vaccinated, how they deal with those "hardcore" vaccine refusers, and give you the latest info on the new Delta variant, which appears to be much more easily spread than previous strains of COVID-19.
35 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Episode 25 - They Go Hand-In-Hand
June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, a month designated to increase the awareness of PTSD in the population, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from a condition that is usually invisible to outside observers can get the help they need. For the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, combating PTSD is closely linked to one of our biggest priorities...reducing instances of Veteran suicide. On this episode of The 9 Line, we speak with Dr. Nicole Anders, Clinical Psychologist, and Candice Bodie, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, about the links between PTSD and suicide, some of the programs Veterans experiencing PTSD can use to get needed help, and also how PTSD is manifesting in many Veterans now that COVID restrictions are being relaxed.
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