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VA Facility Highlights Central California:

Avenue of 50 Flags Dedicated

On November 9, 2006, VA Central California Healthcare System dedicated the new ‘Avenue of Flags’ located in the center circle of the Medical Center main entrance. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, scheduled to help honor Veterans Day, featured six local color guards, including VA Women Veterans, VA American Indian Veterans, the Fresno State University Air Force ROTC, McLane High School Highlanders, AMVETS Post #56 and the Fresno Marine Corps Training Center. Mr. Bud Elliott, NBC Co-Anchor of KSEE Sunrise, was the Master of Ceremonies, and the McLane High School Highlander Dancers and Pipers performed for 300 in attendance.

The Avenue of Flags displays all 50 state and U.S. flags on 50 telescoping flagpoles, with permanent lighting fixtures so the flags can be displayed at night. The wonderful and patriotic display was made possible through a significant donation by the California AMVETS Service and Rehabilitation Foundation, and support from the companies of James Ashjian Lighting and Souza Construction, which absorbed significant expenses to help fund the project.

Sierra Nevada: Emergency Department Upgrades

VASNHCS is bringing improved emergency care services to veterans in the greater Truckee Meadows region. The Emergency Department is now staffed by a team specially trained in emergency and internal medicine, which includes board certified emergency medicine physicians, nurses with specific training in emergency medicine, and administrative staff to support the team approach to timely and

effective emergency care.

Additionally, VASNHCS is breaking ground on a $4 million, 7,700-square-foot emergency room! This newly constructed facility will be adjacent to the current emergency department. It will feature all new state-of-the art systems and an ambulance entrance to accommodate two ambulances. There will be 10 private exam rooms to increase patient privacy and general flow of the department. Construction is expected to get underway in late March and be completed in 10 months. Palo Alto: Surgeons Team with Robots

VA Palo Alto has some of the finest doctors in the world—and is now home to one of the world’s most technologically advanced surgical robots. Recently, doctors performed the first surgery here using the Da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic system that is designed to enhance the operating abilities of a surgeon by increasing dexterity, control, precision and enhanced visualization.

The Da Vinci Surgical System combines a surgeon’s skills, robotic and computer technologies and laparoscopic principles to allow complex, minimally invasive surgeries to be performed. The system consists of a surgeon’s console, where the surgeon sits during the course of the surgery, and the operating station, which has four robotic arms.

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