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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis has been named among the top performing hospitals in the country in "Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012." These 620 hospitals represent approximately 18 percent of more than 3,300 Joint Commission accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data. The report recognizes these hospitals as leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The Memphis VAMC was recognized in the areas of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia.

Also, throughout September and beyond, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies -- while urging community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers, and private companies -- to stand by Veterans and Servicemembers by helping educate their networks, which include Veterans, Servicemembers and their families and friends, about recognizing suicide risk among the military and encouraging those at risk to call the Veterans Crisis Line (800.273.8255) for help. Those in need of help can also chat online with those who can help at or text to 838255.

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