VAPAHCS Hosts First Facebook Live with Director

VA Palo Alto Health Care System held its first Facebook Live event on January 31 with Director Thomas J Fitzgerald III. Moderated by the Public Affairs Office, the event allowed the Director to share his thoughts on recent hot topics and answer questions from real Veterans who joined the event.

Stay tuned for the date of our next Facebook Live event on These events will occur monthly to ensure all of our Veterans have a voice! Until then, check out the first video now and use the minute marks below to jump to the topics you want to hear!

Topics (at minute marks):

5:45′ – Director’s perspective as a Veteran

7:00′ – Type of Care Veterans should expect from VAPAHCS

8:20′ – Suicide prevention initiatives

10:30′ – Update on new Stockton Clinic

11:45′ – Number of Mental Health beds at VAPAHCS

12:45′ – Services for Veterans in rural areas

14:40′ – San Jose/Monterey pharmacy closure and new pharmacy model

18:00′ – How to report a emergency room visit to VA (

20:00′ – Veteran perspective of care and expectations from staff

22:45′ – Veteran concerns about new model and layout of MG Gourley Clinic (Monterey)

25:00′ – Thoughts on privatization of Veteran care

27:50′ – Impact of new Rehab Center on Veteran care

29:30′ – Incorporating Veterans into business processes

32:30′ – Will the Rehab Center provide addiction treatment (

33:30′ – How Veterans can join the Veteran Family Advisory Council (

35:15′ – Closing remarks from the Director


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