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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

 

Health Education

The staff at the VAMC Wilkes-Barre have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

Health Education

Our Patient Education Center (Library) is staffed by a program specialist. The center contains a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, videos and other materials. Assistance with MyHealtheVet registration and in-person authentication is also available.  Staffed by a Program Specialist, the library is open as follows:

Monday-Thursday-Friday (7:00am - 3:30pm) 
Tuesday-Wednesday (8:00am - 4:30pm)

The Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Medical Center (Silver Area).

MyHealtheVet (MHV)

MyHealtheVet is the VA's version of an online Personal Health Record.  The MyHealtheVet website provides Veterans and their families’ reliable patient education information, as well as the latest VA News, information about Veteran’s benefits and services and tools to track your health.  Veterans who get their care at a VA clinic can upgrade their MyHealtheVet account to access parts of their health record.  Upgrading your MyHealtheVet account is accomplished with the In-Person Authentication (IPA) process.   Details about this process are included on here on the MyHealtheVet site.

Creating an account on MyHealtheVet gives you basic access which includes:

  • VA prescription refills
  • Tools to monitor your personal health data and keep food and activity journals
  • The ability to maintain your personal health record
  • The ability to view your VA appointments
  • The ability to view Chemistry and Hematology lab results
  • The ability to view wellness reminders and allergy information
  • The ability to send Secure Messages to your participating health care team
  • Priority access to new features

Registering for MyHealtheVet is Easy:

  • Step 1 – Register for an account at www.myhealth.va.gov 
    You can register from your home computer or anywhere you have internet access.  MyHealtheVet  computers are available in the library on the second floor to give patients the opportunity to register during their visit.
  • Step 2 – Upgrade your MyHealtheVet account via the In-Person Authentication (IPA) processThis process can be completed at any of the following locations:  - The Library located  on the 2nd floor of the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center & The Outpatient Clinics in Allentown, Berwick, Northampton, Sayre, Tobyhanna, Williamsport
  • Step 3 – Opt-In to use Secure Messaging by accepting the Terms & Conditions

The MyHealtheVet (MHV) Coordinator at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is Sandy Dompkosky, RN. She can be reached at 570-824-3521 x4297.

Outpatient Education

Clinician staff provide ongoing health education during regularly scheduled outpatient clinic visits.  Education is focused on health promotion, upcoming tests or procedures, medications, diagnosis and treatments.  During these visits, please ask your clinical staff for further information if your health questions are not answered.

VA Diabetes Education Program

Education on this topic is provided through both group and individual settings. The group accucheck classes and individual diabetes education provides an overview of diabetes and training in the use of the meter. The nutrition classes and individual appointments review carbohydrate meal planning and food labeling.  A diabetes self management program is offered several times yearly. This is a more extensive program on topics that include diabetes complications, nutrition, medications, community resources and exercise.  Ask your provider for a referral for diabetes education.

Nutrition Library:  Location on the second floor (C2-112), across from the Credit Union.

The Nutrition Library is available for Veterans and staff, Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm.  The Library is equipped with updated nutrition related reading materials including handouts and brochures to take home, coupons, a scale, and a MyHealtheVet station to access MyHealtheVet and MOVE! Websites. The Nutrition Clinic is located next door where a dietitian is usually available to answer questions related to Nutrition or the MOVE! weight management program.

MOVE! Weight Management Program

Program Features

  • Focus on Health and Wellness through healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior change
  • Support to help you reach your initial goals with ongoing maintenance
  • Lifetime and lifestyle focus

Ready to Get Started?

  1. Ask your primary care team to refer you to MOVE!
  2. You will be asked to complete the MOVE!23 questionnaire.  You can do this now at:  MOVE23 
  3. The MOVE! Nutrition/Individual appointment will enroll you into the program and help find the Support Plan that works best for you.

MOVE!® is a weight self-management program for Veterans who want to improve their health. There are many patient –centered support plan options available for you to choose to help you track progress, monitor goals, and solve problems.

1. MOVE! Individual follow-ups:
  - Individual follow-up in the clinic &  - Follow-up over the phone
  - MOVE! Group classes– 7 weekly classes - Every Wednesday @ 10am

 - Wilkes-Barre VAMC: Located in the 5th floor media room 
 - Allentown OPC: Located in conference room 167

 - MOVE! Support group– available monthly
 - MOVE! Exercise– Fitness Gym located at the WBVAMC, MOVE! (Exercise consult must be submitted by your PCP.)               
 - HT: Weight Management Home Tele-Health
 - Telephone Lifestyle Coaching
 - Healthy Teaching Cooking Demonstrations

2. MOVE! Group classes– 7 weekly classes - Wednesdays at  10:-00am

       - Wilkes-Barre VAMC: Located in the 5th floor media room

       -  Allentown OPC: Located in conference room 167


3. MOVE! Support group– available monthly

       - WB: 4th Thursday of the month -  5th floor media room

       - AOPC: 4th Wednesday of the - Conference Room 167

 

The MOVE! Coordinator at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is Paola Montross, MS, RD, LDN.  She can be reached at 570-824-3521 x4892.

Inpatient Education

Clinical staff begin the patient education process at the time of admission, during the hospital stay, and at discharge. Our goal is to provide a hospital environment where patients —

  • continually receive updated health information
  • are able to ask questions about their health
  • can enjoy as comfortably as possible their stay in our facility

Contact Charmaine Zoller at 570-824-3521 x4096 to assist with your Patient Education Questions.

Contact

Patient Education Center
2nd Floor (Silver Area)

Sandy Dompkosky, RN
MHV Coordinator
570-824-3521 Ext. 4297

Veterans Health Library