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VA Portland Health Care System named Center of Innovation by Health Systems Research, awarded ACEP certification for geriatric care - 06/20/24

PORTLAND, Ore.– The Portland Health Care System has been recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians by achieving Level-3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation.

This AECP accreditation furthers the VA’s mission to provide the best care possible to our nation’s Veterans and highlights VA Portland’s commitment to improving and enhancing care to our older Veterans.

VA Portland Health Care System was also recently approved by the VA Health Systems Research for Centers of Innovation (COIN) for renewed funding for FY25. COINs from across the U.S. support collaborative, multi-site research, QUERI, and VA operations partner-focused initiatives.

The VA looks forward to the continued efforts of our national network of COINs to support innovative research that advances our understanding and improvement of VA health care that impacts Veteran health.

“We are excited to recognize both VA Portland and VA Seattle as ongoing COINs, which continues our critical VA partnerships throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Dr. Teresa Boyd, Network Director for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 20). “This ongoing designation helps to further enhance the effectiveness of the VA’s research initiatives and leverage local expertise and resources in support of Veteran health.”

The Pride flag is displayed on the flagpole in front of the Portland VA Hospital as part of the month-long recognition and celebration of Pride Month--observed through the month of June. Photo by Michael D. Winter, VA Portland Health Care Medical Media
The Pride flag is displayed on the flagpole in front of the Portland VA Hospital as part of the month-long recognition and celebration of Pride Month--observed through the month of June. Photo by Michael D. Winter, VA Portland Health Care Medical Media
VA Portland Health Care System celebrates Pride Month during the month of June (Photo) - 06/03/24

PORTLAND, Ore.–The VA Portland Health Care System kicked off Pride Month with a ceremonial flag raising at their Portland campus on June 3, 2024.

Each June, the Department of Veterans Affairs celebrates Pride Month, an annual commemoration of the Stonewall riots that took place in 1969 in New York City. Pride is now recognized globally as a celebration of diversity, a promotion of acceptance and equality, and a symbol of the continued fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

“Pride Counts” is more than an affirmation to LGBTQ+ Veterans that they are seen, welcomed, and celebrated at VA. It is an invitation to stand together, recognizing the value and contributions of LGBTQ+ Veterans, staff, caregivers, and allies. This year, we aim to highlight the importance of visibility and belonging. Gender identity and sexual orientation matter in health care, and we envision a VA where everyone feels comfortable and supported in being their authentic selves. 

LGBTQ+ Veterans have a longstanding history within VA. Their service, sacrifices, and contributions are recognized and valued. The LGBTQ+ community is comprised of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. The “+” sign captures identities beyond LGBTQ, including but not limited to questioning, pansexual, asexual, agender, gender diverse, nonbinary, gender-neutral, and other identities. LGBTQ+ Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. VA strives to provide an atmosphere in which Veterans of all sexual orientations and gender identities can talk openly and comfortably with their health care providers about every aspect of their lives. From the physical to the mental, from the emotional to the spiritual, VA is here to provide you with what you need. 

Like all Veterans, LGBTQ+ Veterans have unique healthcare goals and needs, which is why every VHA facility has a LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator to help navigate their healthcare.

We are proud to serve all who served. We will continue to uplift and celebrate every Veteran and serve them the best way we know how, through world-class healthcare.

Please visit our website for more information on Pride Counts, and resources available to LGBTQ+ Veterans: https://www.patientcare.va.gov/lgbt/