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The Launch Newsletter

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Lovell FHCC Monthly Newsletter - June 2019

A Message from Leadership...


Introducing The Launch...

Welcome to the first edition of our monthly electronic newsletter, The Launch, created to provide Lovell Federal Health Care Center news to our patients, staff and other stakeholders in a concise, timely, and easily-accessed digital format!  The Launch captures key stories and information from our other communication vehicles, and goes beyond with new content about Lovell FHCC, the nation’s first fully-integrated VA and Department of Defense health care center caring for veterans alongside service members and their families.

Commanding Officer CAPT Gregory Thier and I, and the rest of our leadership team, have worked hard over the past year to increase and improve communication and transparency with all our key stakeholders, both inside and outside of the FHCC. The Launch amplifies those efforts to help make the entire Lovell community aware Read More...

Let's Get Social

FHCC has a presence for on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please see the links below to visit our social media sites. Below are the posts that received the highest engagement for the month.

Top Posts for May

Lovell_Navy Nurse Corp's Birthday  

Lt. j.g. Ashley Parker and Capt. Melissa Barnett cut a cake in celebration of the Navy Nurse Corp's 111th birthday at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

1.Navy Nurse Corp's Birthday (84 Likes)


Nurse Karen Brodlo was having dinner when an elderly woman collapsed. She was able to stabilize the woman until rescue teams arrived.

2. Nurse Saves a Life (78 Likes)

Blessing Hands  

Lovell nurses and staff gathered for the annual Blessing of the Hands. Observed in health care settings worldwide; the ceremony links the art of nursing with the science of nursing practice.

3. Blessing of the Hands (71 Likes)


Our Podiatry Clinic ranks 2nd in the country among VA medical facilities for access and direct scheduling. The clinic maintains less than a four-day wait time for patient appointments.

4. Podiatry Clinic Ranking (63 Likes)

Lovell Audiology Team Earns Federal Employee of the Year Award

Major kudos go out to the Interfacility Tele-Audiology team from the FHCC and Hines VAMC that was recently selected as “Citizens Services Team of the Year” by the Chicago Federal Executives Board! There are more than 55,000 federal employees at over 170 federal offices and agencies in the metropolitan Chicago area, so this is a pretty big deal.

This collaborative efforts of this team meant a lot to rural Illinois veterans served by Hines who’d been facing long wait times for audiology appointments, due to staffing issues at the west suburban Chicago hospital. Through the Lovell-Hines initiative, many patients were able to receive timely care from Lovell FHCC audiologists without traveling all the way to North Chicago or Hines: They instead traveled to Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Ottawa and other rural Illinois communities. From there, they connected to Lovell and Hines providers for Tele Health appointments using VA Video Connect technology.

This great team effort generated a win-win situation for patients and providers, and our congratulations go out to everyone involved. Dr. Robert Buckley, director, and CAPT Gregory Thier, deputy director and commanding officer, recently honored Lovell team members who contributed to the effort.

Lovell_Audio Honors

Pictured from left to right below are: CAPT Thier; Audiologists Dr. Margaret Sweeney, Dr. Darrin Worthington, Dr. Thomas Christl and Dr. Jillian Earnest; Tele Health Chief Bernice Arcibal; and Dr. Buckley

PTSD Program Grads Appear in ‘ClownVets’

Veterans from the Lovell FHCC outpatient PTSD treatment program appear in documentary Clown Vets.The documentary shares how patients use clowning to deal with PTSD and help others who are suffering at the same time. "Clown Vets" follows a group of combat veterans who learn how to be clowns with Dr. Patch Adams and his Gesundheit! Institute, and bring happiness and cheer to fellow veterans as well as other hospitalized people in the United States and children in orphanages in Guatemala. "Clown Vets" already has been shown at one film festival and won awards.

View this story and others in our online edition of The Apollo.

Clown Vets

2019 Volunteer Recognition Banquet

Volunteers are vital to the workflow and success of Lovell FHCC. Lovell FHCC has more than 309 active volunteers, who serve our patients every single day! They complete a slew of tasks to include volunteering in the “No Veteran Dies Alone Program,” escorting patient to appointments, My HealtheVet assistants, and much more.

The impact of volunteer-led programs at the FHCC during fiscal year 2018 was calculated to be more than a million dollars. Donated funds and supplies have also helped support essential programs at the FHCC that do not have a budget, including the military sexual trauma program, the homeless Veteran drop-in center and the caregiver support center.

Each year Lovell FHCC host an annual volunteer recognition banquet to honor our volunteers. It’s a chance for the facility to officially and publicly thank these dedicated volunteers, who generously gave 39,701 hours to FHCC patients last fiscal year. Read More...

Lovell Volunteers

MOVE! Success Story

Congrats to our Monthly MOVE! Veteran: Mr. Donald Hanson! Below, he discusses how he improved his quality of life by attending MOVE classes:

“In May 2014, I began the MOVE! program, and in three months, I lost 50 pounds. I was impressed by how quickly I was able to lose the weight. Then, I needed a knee replacement surgery, and unfortunately after about a year and half, gained the weight back. The 50-pound weight loss prior to surgery helped me recover quickly so I decided to go back to attending MOVE! in an effort to achieve weight loss once again. I have continued since then and have lost 25 pounds in the last five months. 

The instructors are thorough, inspiring and encouraging in helping us achieve our health goals. I’m also enrolled in the pool and gym therapy. Trained therapists help me perform exercises that promote recovery and mobility following my surgery. I love the services and help from all of the providers at Lovell FHCC. The MOVE! program has really helped me with my self-esteem. I encourage all Veterans to give the MOVE! program a try – it’s great!” -Donald Hanson


Healthy Cooking Kitchen

Do you want to learn basic cooking skills? Do you have a condition such as diabetes or heart disease and are struggling to prepare healthy foods at home? Are you interested in managing your weight? Do you want to try new healthy foods?

Join us for an interactive cooking demonstrations that aim to improve the health of patients and their families on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of June, August, October, December from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Building 134, Room C-121. Sample foods that are appropriate for chronic diseases and weight management.

*Below: Tuscan Bean Soup