This year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commemorates 75 years of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Last week, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center performed a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate VHA’s long-standing commitment to putting Veterans at the center of the care experience, recognizing its world-class mission-driven health care professionals and highlighting contributions to medical science.
A group from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 9, Washington County, served as Honor Guard for the ceremony.
Originally established in 1946 as the Department of Medicine & Surgery to care for Veterans returning from World War II, VHA has evolved to meet the unique challenges and care needs of Veterans from every era and at every stage of their lives.
“As we celebrate this historic milestone, we are presented with an opportunity to look back on James H. Quillen VA Medical Center’s contributions to Veteran health care as part of VHA’s 75-year history,” said Dean B. Borsos, medical center director. “It is also a fitting occasion to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our staff and volunteers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic this year, a testament to our providing Veterans with efficient, quality health care.”
During the past 116 years, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center made vast and wide reaching contributions as part of VHA’s rich 75-year history to improve the health of Veterans and the entire nation by providing services and technologies that changed the way health care providers across the country practice medicine.
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center plans to continue events to commemorate the significant contributions and foster awareness of the VHA’s expertise in treating the unique needs of Veterans in the Tri-Cities area.