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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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A Message from the Director

Dear Veterans,

As some of you may know, I recently lost Kevin, my life partner of 43 years.  In the wake of this personal tragedy, it’s with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from Federal Service effective December 31, 2014.  As I contemplate the next stage of my life, I am reminded of the many remarkable things VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) has achieved in partnership with our Veterans and community to better serve you, our Nation's heroes.

  • Our medical center was selected as a VA Center of Innovation for Patient Centered Care.  The integrative health and healing programs that our clinicians and researchers are piloting here are shaping the way healthcare is provided to Veterans nationwide.
  • In the past year, VAGLAHS has achieved excellent outcomes regarding access to appointments, all while experiencing a record 4.7% growth serving over 90,000 Veterans.  
  • To help expand services to Veterans facing homelessness, our opening of the new Integrated Community Care Center (Building 402) and anticipated on-campus supportive and therapeutic housing in Buildings 205, 208, and 209 will bring the VA and local community closer to ending homeless among Veterans.  
  • In addition, our research and education programs continue to lead the nation.  VAGLAHS’s  Yvette Tache, Ph.D. won the 2014 William S. Middleton Award, VA's highest honor for scientific achievement in the areas of biomedical and bio-behavioral research.  Betty Jo Kramer, Ph.D. received the 2013 David M. Worthen Award, VA's recognition of outstanding achievement in the education of healthcare professionals.
  • I'm also proud to say that we will have a new hospital building in the coming years to provide cutting-edge inpatient care to our Veterans.  Building 500 at our VA West Los Angeles Medical Center will be replaced and will set the new standard for providing patient centered care in a healing environment.

Without a doubt, the future is bright for VAGLAHS Veterans.  Serving you has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and although it is heartbreaking to leave my VA family, I will always be proud of what we have accomplished together.

Our mission is to provide you with healthcare that improves your health and well-being, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve you along with VAGLAHS professionals who truly embody that mission.

Sincerely

Donna M. Beiter, RN, MSN

 

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