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San Francisco: New Overnight Facility Opens

SFVAMC has recently opened its newly renovated Hoptel, providing overnight housing for veterans coming to the medical center for appointments or medical procedures. To qualify, veterans must: be coming from more than 50 miles away; have a reservation made by their health care provider; be fully able to care for themselves; and have a scheduled appointment or procedure within one day of arrival.

The Hoptel is located next to the main hospital, in two buildings which were the former homes of staff members. Completely restored and renovated, they can accommodate up to 39 veterans

in rooms containing one to three beds each. Each room is also equipped with locked storage space for personal belongings. Flat screen television sets and vending machines are also available.

Veterans, most of whom arrive in VA-operated shuttle vans, are provided with one night’s free lodging and dinner. If necessary, longer stays can be arranged. Breakfast and midday meals, at the veterans’ expense, may be obtained in the hospital’s dining facilities.

Your Health: A Laughing Matter

It’s rather common knowledge these days that, in addition to its entertainment value, laughter provides many health benefits, both psychological and physical.

According to a wide range of studies, laughter can help you: lose weight; improve your fitness level; reduce stress; and relax and enjoy life.

Movie studios and television networks spend huge sums of money producing shows designed to make us laugh, but often our biggest laughs come from sources

which were never intended to be funny at all. Consider the

following entries taken from actual medical charts:

• Patient will need disposition, and we will have Dr. Blank dispose of him.

• Healthy-appearing, decrepit 69-year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

• While in ER, she was examined, X-rated, and sent home.

• I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

• Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

• The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.

• The patient left the hospital feeling much better, except for her original complaint.

• The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

• The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.

• When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

• Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the way to Los Angeles.

• She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in opposite directions in early December

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