Health Education - Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Albany, NY
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Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Albany, NY


Health Education

Patient education is an important part of recovery from any illness. To help keep you healthy, the Medical Center offers a variety of programs for patients, such as diabetic classes, nutrition classes and support groups. Please ask a member of your health care team for more information on all education classes available.


Library Services are available to both inpatients and outpatients and their families on the 3rd floor, A wing (A-326). General reading books and magazines are available. Volunteers bring the book cart to the wards on a weekly basis - but a librarian will visit a patient any time when called.

Patient health information materials can also be accessed in the library. There are books, pamphlets and videos. The Health Reference Center is available on the computer, as well as access to the internet for searching health-related topics or other information. Qualified librarians are there to help you search a topic yourself or to prepare a personalized health information packet for you. A typewriter is also available for use.

Talking books are located in the VIST Coordinator's office - room C-506.

Library hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call extension 66219 or 66220 to request a visit from a librarian or to request reading materials or information.

On-Demand Television Health Information Programming

See a health information video by "dialing" them up at your bedside or in your primary care clinic area. This video information is available by tuning your television to channels 29 through 35 and dialing 61820 from in-house phones or 626-5000, extension 61820, from your bedside phone. If you need assistance, ask a member of your health care team.

Health Touch

Health Touch is an interactive education center that provides current information on medications, disease topics, lifestyle issues, wellness, and nutrition. The system features a unique, interactive, touch system that has easy to use touch-screen. Health Touch is located in the Emergency Room waiting area on the 1st floor, D-wing.