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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Mission: Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health car The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago VA Medical Center) provides Veterans with one of the finest and most extensive health care systems in the country.
With over 100 specialty outpatient clinics delivering care at five sites throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana, approximately 62,000 enrolled Veterans trust our medical center for their health care needs.
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Meet our Police!
Corporal Robert O’Donnell was 95 B Military Policeman who served from 1997-2002, with 2 deployments to Bosnia/ Kosovo. He has been a VA Police officer since 2019 at FHCC Lovell and Jesse Brown. Corporal O’Donnell also serves as the department Evidence Custodian and is completing his training as a Crime Scene Technician.
Meet our Police!
Sergeant Robert Volpe started with the VA Police in August 2002. He has worked at the Tampa VA, Bay Pines VA, Charleston SC VA, and the Orlando VA and is currently a Sergeant at Jesse Brown.
Today the Jesse Brown Honor Guard Team paid respects to VA Police’s Fallen Officers at a Chapel Service. The Honor Guard Team graduated from Competitive Outcomes Honor Guard Training on December 17, 2021.
Honor Guard: Officer Ducarmel Albama, Officer Josue Almanza, Officer Gerardo Alvarez, Officer David Ahlemeyer, Sergeant Shela Grant, Officer John Sansonetti, and Officer Ieischa Thomas
This year our VA Police Officers are participating in a National 5k to honor and represent three of our fallen VA Police Officers.
Left to right: Lieutenant Josefhine Diaz, Officer Ieischa Thomas, Sergeant Shela Grant
Want to learn more about precision oncology and the COVID vaccine trial here at the VA? Join a VA-wide presentation via Zoom at 12:00pm Central today!
Join this Virtual Program through https://bddy.me/3Po54w3 ◊ Meeting ID: 894 864 2443 Passcode: CARES2022
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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Help us recognize National Police Week this year as we celebrate the brave individuals who wear the uniform in our facility.
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May HTK part 2!
Join us as we prepare: limeade, everything crackers, simple guacamole, slow cooker chicken verde, and toasted coconut banana dream
Veterans Know: Support helps with healing. This Mental Health Month, visit Make the Connection to hear stories from Veterans like Dan, who found a mental health support group that showed him he wasn’t alone. Learn more: www.MakeTheConnection.net/MHM
7,700 Veterans are diagnosed with #lungcancer every year. On May 4 at 4:00 p.m. ET, VA is leading a @WhiteHouse Cancer Cabinet Community Conversation to share how VA is bringing precision oncology approaches to treat Veterans. #CancerMoonshot https://bddy.me/3vIPwLF
On Wednesday, May 4, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health leaders, along with representatives from private and public healthcare organizations, will ho...
Don't Miss the 2022 Women Veterans Conference & Resource Fair
Meet Becky Powers, Jesse Brown's LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator!
Becky Powers, LCSW has been a healthcare Social Worker at Jesse Brown since 2012. She has been advocating for increased services for LGBTQ+ Veterans since that time and co-founded Jesse Brown’s first LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program in 2013. Becky works directly with Veterans and providers to develop individualized treatment plans. She also works directly with the national LGBTQ+ Health Office to educate staff, network with stakeholders, and review policy to ensure that Jesse Brown is providing inclusive care to all Veterans.
Meet Debbie Rafael Shanley, Jesse Brown's Minority Veteran Program Coordinator!
Debbie Rafael Shanley, LCSW has been medical social worker at Jesse Brown VAMC since 2013. Debbie works with Veterans and their communities to understand psychosocial barriers to access and engagement. Debbie serves as an advocate for minority veterans by conducting outreach activities to promote the awareness and use of VA benefits and services. She works directly with the National Center for Minority Veterans to educate staff, network with stakeholders, and review policy to ensure that Jesse Brown is providing inclusive care to all Veterans
Come work at Jesse Brown! We're looking for Environmental Services Technicians and Medical Support Assistants. Stop by our Hiring Fair on May 3. NOTE: Those interested in being an Environmental Services Technician should bring DD214 and VA disability letters if applicable.
Jesse Brown is proud to be an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer. We are committed to top-notch quality care and resources for our LGBTQ+ Veterans. Learn more about the care we provide https://bddy.me/3xS9ZiD
Jesse Brown VAMC Women Veteran Town Hall
Psychologists gain vital training at VA hospitals.
Nearly one in five VA psychologists completed their pre-doctoral internships in the VA. Currently training 711 interns and 512 postdoctoral and advanced postdoctoral fellows, VA is recognized for preparing psychologists to work in both VA and other U.S. health care settings.
Jesse Brown VA Psychologists are here to support you. Psychologists offer effective diagnosis and treatment for all mental health, substance use and behavioral health issues. Psychological treatment approaches have been shown to be equally, if not more, effective than drug therapies. Call for an appointment today at (312) 569-8387.
VA celebrates Psychology Recognition Week April 18-22, 2022 to acknowledge the contributions of psychologists to the care of Veterans and their families at VA Medical Centers. As clinicians, educators, researchers, and administrators, psychologists serve Veterans in many ways.
Join us as we make Lavender Lemonade, Creamy Farfalle Primavera, and Magic Banana Mango "Ice Cream"
You're not alone at Jesse Brown VA when facing
Military Sexual Trauma. Jesse Brown VA is here to help.
Listen to the WVON program to find out more in the link below.
America's Heroes Group Roundtable with Partner Jesse Brown VA Works Panelist:Dr. Ellen Koucky - A Clinical Psychologist in the PTSD Clinic and serves as the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at JBVA
Telecommunicators' Week at Jesse Brown. Recognizing the people behind the scenes who help keep us safe. The week celebrates and thanks those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. 24 hours a day, whether it’s a crime in progress, a medical crisis, or a fire, the first person who answers your call for help is a dispatcher. Here at Jesse Brown we want to recognize the team of VA Security Assistants who work behind the scenes to fill this role.
We're partnering with the Chicago Police Department's 12th District to host a clothing drive for April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stop by and bring some items for those in need!
Over $12,000 Donated to Jesse Brown VA drive-through baby shower for expectant Veterans who received everything they needed to welcome their newborns home.
Check out a study authored by JB physicians and researchers on COVID-19 vaccine willingness in Veterans. https://bddy.me/3x1PWhb
Doctors and researchers from Jesse Brown VAMC published a study focused on Veterans' willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The research shows the importance of patients’ trust in physicians, healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers & the government when making health decisions...
400 Jesse Brown VA inpatients and outpatients
reached with commemorative pins and other gifts in
Honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
This #NationalDoctorsDay, we recognize the 27,654 VA physicians who care for our more than 9 million Veteran patients. Our doctors are here to serve your health care needs, after you’ve served our country. Do you have a VA doctor you’d like to thank?
Jesse Brown VA Celebrates Women's History Month
Jesse Brown VA honors our
It’s not too late to “Celebrate a World of Flavors” for National Nutrition Month with our Healthy Teaching Kitchen recipe for African Sweet Potato Stew! This recipe is packed with fiber and beta-carotene. Consuming an adequate amount of fiber can help to lower cholesterol, promote regular bowel movements, and keep you feeling full for longer. Since fiber acts by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates, choosing fiber rich complex carbohydrates can help with blood sugar control as well.
Check out our Facebook livestream the second Thursday of every month at 10am (CDT) for our live healthy teaching kitchen class where you can learn more recipes and nutrition tips like this!
African Sweet Potato Stew
Yield ~5 servings
Serving Size ~1 ¾ cups
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 ½ cups onion, chopped
~4 cups sweet potato (peeled and diced into ~1/2-1 inch cubes
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can (4 oz) fire roasted diced green chiles
2 tablespoons no salt added tomato paste (optional)
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste if desired)
½ cup peanut butter
1 can (15.5 oz) low sodium garbanzo beans
2 cups fresh kale, chopped, stems removed
1. Add oil to a large pot and heat on medium high, add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes (stirring as needed, until translucent).
2. Add the sweet potato and cook for ~4 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the garlic and cook for ~1 minute.
4. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, chiles, tomato paste, curry, and black pepper. Stir and bring to boil. Cover with lid and simmer for ~10 minutes.
5. Stir in the peanut butter, beans, and kale. Replace the lid and let cook for about 5 minutes more.
Estimated per serving: 403 Calories, 56.2 g carbohydrate, 15.3 g fat, 14.3 g protein, 13.6 g fiber, 458 mg sodium
4 cups of diced sweet potato equals about 1 ¼ lbs (you’ll want to start with at least 1 ½ lbs sweet potato before it’s cleaned and peeled).
You can swap out the kale with a few handfuls fresh spinach, swiss chard, or collard greens.
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