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Northern Arizona VA Health Care System

Local Features

NAVAHCS Human Resources TeamLooking for a Career at the VA
NAVAHCS is the largest VA facility within 60,000 square miles and is the fourth largest employer in the area. NAVAHCS employs 1,077 staff members and our work force is comprised of 40 percent Veterans.
Lee Dortsch with his Marine Corps FriendsKeeping the Heroic Memories Alive: WWII Veteran
“From the Halls of Montezuma...” The men wearing U.S. Marine shirts and hats gathered around a man in a wheelchair and sang the Marine Hymn with enthusiasm for CLC resident Lee Dortsch's 92nd Birthday.
Polacca Outreach (Telehealth) Clinic for Hopi VeteransSummer of Service
Nationally, VA is providing an increasing number of Veterans with a broad range of care, services and benefits. Locally, NAVAHCS continues to make improvements to access and services for our Nation’s Veterans.
Genevieve "Jenny" WernWomen Who Served Are Veterans Too
Too often women Veterans are overlooked or under appreciated. NAVAHCS employs 532 women, 105 of which are Veterans. NAVAHCS serves over 25,000 Veterans and over 2,200 are women.
Brett Tolich - Emergency Department Charge NurseNurses Week 2015
Nurses Week is celebrated each year on May 6 – May 12. Each year the VA commends the men and women who care for our Veterans. This year NAVAHCS recognizes Brett Tolich, Emergency Department Charge Nurse.
Mike Wilford in his Marine Corps Dress UniformOn the Fast Track to Success: A Marine Vet's Story
Mike Wilford served 12 years active duty in the Marine Corps and 13 years in the reserves. Mike is proud of his military service but auto racing is in his blood. His grandfather used to sponsor auto races.
Volunteer Chuck Blackburn and Health Tech Nicole SimpsonOur Volunteers Make a Difference
NAVAHCS has over 650 volunteers and they support our staff on a regular basis by assisting us and helping Veterans. Our Veterans deserve the best from our staff and volunteers and they continuously provide just that.
Clinical Laboratory Quality Assurance CoodinatorClinical Laboratory Plays an Important Role
Despite a shortage of qualified Medical Technologist and Technicians, the NAVAHCS Clinical Laboratory continues to provide timely, accurate patient information to staff, enabling them to diagnose and treat diseases.
Captain De Alva HonahniePolacca Ribbon Cutting Event
Earlier this month, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) opened a new Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic (PTOC) in Polacca, AZ at the Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC).
The Time Is NowWhat Happens When You Stop Smoking?
It is never too late to quit and benefit from a smoke-free lifestyle. People who have smoked for decades can notice big changes within just a few minutes. From 20 minutes to 72 hours after your quit, changes happen.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A male patient seated on an exam table in an exam room shakes hands with a female doctorTen Things to Know About the Choice Program
If you are enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Here are the answers to ten of the most asked questions about the program.
Woman with a clipboard and pen looks at a man speaking to herHelping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
VA is offering a free online course to private sector health care professionals to help them better serve Veterans and Servicemembers. Hear from a social worker who thinks the course is a good idea.
Two women talk and smile in an exercise roomSummer! Time to swim and picnic ... and volunteer!
Across America, thousands of Americans are pitching in to help our Veterans. Learn about the “Summer of Service” and how you can volunteer at your local VA medical center ... no sunblock needed!
A wife smiles at her husband seated facing her. Relationship a Little Rocky? Time to Retreat
About 20 couples learned how to strengthen their relationship during a two-day Warrior to Soul Mate retreat sponsored recently at the Salisbury VA Medical Center in North Carolina.
man lifting barbellWheelchair Vets Roll into Dallas for Annual Games
Since 1981, co-presented by the VA and PVA, the goal of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to empower Veterans with disabilities to live more healthy and active lives through sports.
Two people walking with nordic walking sticksTips to Keep Veterans from Falling Down
You hear it all the time. Poor old Steve ... he fell down. Sometimes it’s just embarrassing and you get back up. Other times, you’re headed for the emergency room. Here’s how to prevent falling down.
black and white photo showing three combat soldiers crouching in a forestU.S. Army Celebrates 240th Birthday on June 14
VA joins the U.S. Army in celebrating its 240th birthday. Here are just four short stories of the thousands of Army Veterans whose lives have intersected with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
doctor taking notes as patient relays his storyVeterans Adding Life Story to Medical Records
Have you ever wished your doctor knew “the rest of the story?” A unique program at some VA medical centers allows Veterans to add their life story to their medical record.
Two women working in an office setting.  One woman is talking on the phone.How Do You Save Someone’s Life?
Good listening skills and a cool head are prerequisites when you work at the Pittsburgh VA’s Suicide Prevention Office. “You always have to remain calm at this job,” says Veronica Lucious.
Ron Whitcomb working in a gardenThe Most Peaceful Place on Earth
For many years after he came home from serving in Vietnam, Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house. With VA PTSD therapy, he learned that he was safe.

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