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Chicago VA Medical Center 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 B...
05/19/2022

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 Pin...
05/19/2022

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...
05/18/2022

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...
05/17/2022

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 ...
05/16/2022
Video Conferencing, Cloud Phone, Webinars, Chat, Virtual Events | Zoom

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

Zoom's secure, reliable video platform powers all of your communication needs, including meetings, chat, phone, webinars, and online events.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May ...
05/16/2022

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.

Join us Thursday for our special Mental Health Tele-Town Hall!
05/16/2022

Join us Thursday for our special Mental Health Tele-Town Hall!

05/12/2022

May HTK part 2!

05/12/2022
May 2022 Healthy Teaching Kitchen

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 Vete...
05/11/2022

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

#MentalHealthMonth

7,700 Veterans are diagnosed with #lungcancer every year. On May 4 at 4:00 p.m. ET, VA is leading a @WhiteHouse Cancer C...
05/04/2022
Aiming for the Moon(shot): Accelerating Lung Cancer Care and Research

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
04/28/2022

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 Je...
04/28/2022

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 medi...
04/28/2022

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 o...
04/27/2022

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 r...
04/25/2022

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

04/22/2022
Psychologists gain vital training at VA hospitals. Nearly one in five VA psychologists completed their pre-doctoral inte...
04/21/2022

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 ment...
04/20/2022

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 car...
04/20/2022

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.

04/12/2022
Telecommunicators' Week at Jesse Brown. Recognizing the people behind the scenes who help keep us safe. The week celebra...
04/11/2022

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 ...
04/11/2022

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 nee...
04/11/2022

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...
04/05/2022
Study says vaccine hesitancy is complex, but may be minimized when recommendations come from a trusted physician | VA Chicago health care | Veterans Affairs

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...

03/30/2022
400 Jesse Brown VA inpatients and outpatients reached with commemorative pins and other gifts in Honor of National Vietn...
03/30/2022

400 Jesse Brown VA inpatients and outpatients
reached with commemorative pins and other gifts in
Honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
#ThankVietnamVets

This #NationalDoctorsDay, we recognize the 27,654 VA physicians who care for our more than 9 million Veteran patients. O...
03/30/2022

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#womenshistorymonth
03/30/2022

Jesse Brown VA Celebrates Women's History Month
#womenshistorymonth

Jesse Brown VA honors our Vietnam Veterans. #ThankVietnamVets
03/29/2022

Jesse Brown VA honors our
Vietnam Veterans.
#ThankVietnamVets

03/28/2022
African Sweet Potato Stew from our HTK

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

Ingredients:
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



Preparation:
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

Tips:
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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Although Black History Month is almost over, we here at the Jesse Brown VAMC believe we ALL should work to create a more inclusive environment not only this month, but for every month. Here is a video with a pledge from our Jesse Brown 4 Black Lives Task Force. Will you join us?
Check out Jesse Brown Social Worker, Asya Brodsky discussing Eating Disorders in the Veteran community and how we're evolving how we address them at Jesse Brown on this month's America's Heroes Group Roundtable https://www.buzzsprout.com/1392463/10075353
Join us for our quarterly tele-town hall, March 02, 2022 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This will be a general interest town hall, so all questions and topics are welcomed.
Join us for our mindful eating class - HTK style!
In honor of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, the Jesse Brown VA Medical leadership and staff delivered commemorative heart shaped flag pins to our veteran patients on Valentines Day, February 14, 2022. This put some smiles on our Veteran patients as they enjoyed this thoughtful gift of thanks. Thank you from our Jesse Brown VA Medical staff to you as we honor you and thank you for your service.
We will implement the following vaccine schedule on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022: • Mondays are Pfizer 1,2,3, Booster • Tuesdays are Pfizer 1,2,3, Booster • Wednesdays are Pfizer 1,2,3, Booster with adhoc J&J. Clinic will notify Pharmacy if/when there are any J&J requests. • Thursdays are Pfizer 1,2,3, Booster • Fridays Moderna 2, 3 and Booster (no M1) with adhoc Pfizer. Clinic will notify Pharmacy if/when there are any Pfizer requests. Pfizer Vaccinations start at 9:00 AM on Fridays. o Scheduling Grids for Pfizer are open at 9am so any open vials do not expire until the end of clinic. o We expect to have the last of the Moderna Patients vaccinated and Moderna out of our inventory by the end of July 2022. The vaccine clinic is located in the Damen Building, 2nd floor conference room (The Vision Room). You may contact the Jesse Brown VAMC COVID Vaccine clinic by calling (312)-569-7019.
Join us for our heart healthy HTK!
ANNOUNCEMENT: The COVID vaccine clinic is closed today. We are attempting to contact any scheduled appointments. Anyone who would like to reschedule on their own should call 888-569-5282.
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR CHICAGO Tuesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. until Wednesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The National Weather Service in Chicago is predicting heavy snow and dangerous travel expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 11 inches are expected. The highest snowfall rates, of up to an inch per hour, will be after midnight tonight through early Wednesday afternoon. IMPACTS: Hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes on Wednesday, February 2. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) strongly encourages caution while driving and following these safety tips: • Allow extra time to reach your destination. • Leave plenty of space between vehicles. • Have a full tank of gas and let friends and relatives know where you are going. • Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle with a cell phone charger, flashlight, food and water. • Yield to emergency vehicles as well as Streets and Sanitation salt spreaders and plows. To sign up for emergency alerts, go to https://bddy.me/3uhnzKs • CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5 • COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3 • CHIBIZ: Business updates, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) manages more than 9,400 lane miles of city roadway and maintains a fleet of over 300 snow vehicles ready to respond to winter weather, when needed. DSS is also prepared with 425,000 tons of salt stationed at 19 salt piles throughout the city, including a new salt dome at Grand Ave. and Rockwell St. Residents can visit https://bddy.me/3APHHEF to view the City’s snow plows in real-time during a winter storm. The Department of Transportation would like to remind residents that the City’s snow clearing ordinance requires property owners to clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all sidewalks adjacent to their property, including any crosswalk ramps. Snow should not be shoveled into the right-of-way, which includes the following: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. Individuals found pushing snow into the public right of way may be subject to a citation. If you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from sidewalks on all sides of your building and from corner sidewalk ramps. This applies to residential property and business owners. The public can help us help them by reporting uncleared sidewalks through the 311 system, either by phone or using the CHI 311 app. Inspectors follow-up to all complaints and generally respond to a first offense with a warning. But will enforce the law, especially when it comes to businesses and multi-family buildings that ignore warnings and fail to clear their sidewalks. The City of Chicago would like to remind residents to provide any needed assistance to neighbors, family members, the elderly and those most vulnerable. If you need to request a well-being check you can call 311, go to https://bddy.me/3ghr6jS, or use the CHI311 mobile app. For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at https://bddy.me/3HmSFnM. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook(@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).
Jesse Brown's Women's Health Gynecology Team Informing Veterans on the importance of pelvic exams and the prevention of cervical cancer in honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January!
WWII Army Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday Mr. Earnest McDonald, a WWII Army Veteran is celebrating his 100th birthday on January 8, 2021. Growing up in Heidleburg, Mississippi with his seven siblings he began his army career at the age of 20 years old. His tour of duty began on December 26, 1942 and ended on December 12, 1945. While serving as an army private his military specialty was as a Truck Driver Light. Mr. McDonald would drive around at night dodging mines with no lights on while transporting goods and personnel. When his wife, Deborah, asked him how he did this at night, he responded, “I just drove.” Mr. McDonald did drive. He drove his trucks into Normandy, Ardennes, and the Rhineland area during the war. After completing his military commitment, he received the American Campaign Medal (ATO) the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (EAMETO), and the WWII Victory Medal. Along with being a WWII Veteran, he is also a retired minister. He pastored the New Birth Strong Hope Missionary Baptist Church on the southside of Chicago for 25 years. When asked how Mr. McDonald felt about turning 100, his wife shared his most recent warning to her, “Don’t forget my birthday!” Deborah laughed as she recalled his comment and stated, “I would never forget his 100th birthday.”
Due to the COVID-19 surge, we have postponed this event. Keep a look out on this page for our new date.