"I have been on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Ann Arbor VA for over 18 years now. I am honored to be able to take on this leadership role and to continue working with these talented faculty and staff creating a model academically-oriented VA healthcare system. Our nation’s Veterans deserve no less." - Dr. Sanjay Saint
The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) continued to experience steady outpatient and inpatient activity in 2016. There was a 1 percent increase in outpatient visits, while inpatient activity increased by 2.2 percent. Through numerous ongoing initiatives and efforts, we continue to decrease our readmission rates and lengths of stay for veterans. Currently, there are 170 Internal Medicine faculty holding VA appointments, with 15 new hires in 2016. The VAAAHS continues to serve as a clinical laboratory for quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, which have now spread across the country.
A New Welcome Center
The VAAAHS is in the planning stages of creating a new Veteran Welcome Center, a one-stop shop where all patient administrative needs are located in one, easily accessible location. This project will add 10,000 square feet to the main entrance of the medical center on Fuller Road, and will offer everything from eligibility to travel to Veterans Service Officers.
Serving Our Country
The entire VA system serves almost 9 million veterans a year, making it the largest integrated healthcare system in the country. Two out of three medical doctors in practice in the U.S. today received some part of their training at a VA hospital. VA research programs have made major breakthroughs in areas such as cardiac care, prosthetics, and infection prevention. Studies comparing VA with non-VA care have found that the VA is, overall, as good as or better than the private sector. The most remarkable aspect of VA hospitals, though, is the patient population: the men and women who have sacrificed for our country. Every single one of them should be able to receive the special kind of care they deserve. At VAAAHS, we are working to ensure that their care - both locally and nationally - is superb today and well into the future.
Awards & Recognition
During 2016, VA faculty members were making an impact on patient care, education, and research in many different ways. These are just a few of the highlights:
- Suzanne Bradley, MD, was reappointed for an additional five years as the editor-in-chief of Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, the world’s leading journal focusing on health care epidemiology.
- Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, FHM, an assistant professor in the Division of General Medicine, was honored by the national Society of Hospital Medicine as Researcher of the Year for his work centered on improving the safety of hospitalized patients by preventing hospital-acquired complications.
- Hitinder Gurm, MD, was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and received the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Award.
- Rodney Hayward, MD, was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Roger J. Grekin Research Award. The award, which honors the legacy of long-time VA clinician, researcher and leader Roger Grekin, recognizes an outstanding VAAAHS clinical researcher who contributes to the VA research mission through excellence in clinical care, research, mentorship, and leadership.
- Carol Kauffman, MD, received the VA Society of Practitioners of Infectious Diseases Lifetime Achievement Award.