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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

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NEWS RELEASE: Grand Island VA to Host Rural Training Initiative Open House Jan. 13

January 5, 2017

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Office of Public Affairs

Contact: Will Ackerman, Director, Communication & Voluntary Service

Office: (402) 995-4719 Cell: (402) 332-6780



OMAHA, Neb. — VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is hosting a Rural Health Training Initiative open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, in building 3 at the Grand Island VA Medical Center, 2201 N. Broadwell Ave.

The Rural Health Training Initiative is intended to train and recruit health care providers to careers with the VA health care system, and to educate them about unique challenges and opportunities with rural health care delivery. Health care students and residents at area medical schools complete training rotations at the Grand Island VA in specialties that include pharmacy, dental and physician assistants.

The Grand Island VA has renovated a building that provides onsite housing for medical students and residents completing rural health training here.

The Rural Health Training Initiative open house is designed to provide potential medical students and residents as well as the public an opportunity to learn more about the VA’s initiative, and tour the renovated housing complex.

More information about VA’s rural health initiative and training opportunities can be found at




About VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

The VA NWIHCS is a Joint Commission-accredited, level-1b facility, which consists of a tertiary medical center in Omaha, Neb., and a larger clinic in Lincoln, and the medical center in Grand Island – which includes a community living center – five community-based outpatient clinics and one contract clinic. VA NWIHCS is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network and serves an estimated Veteran population of 161,000 in 101 counties in Nebraska, western Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.