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The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Office of Communication is your source for news, publications, media relations and more.

Media Relations

Our staff are available to assist local media in answering questions about the health care system, locating an expert or obtaining more information about a news release or event. 

Members of the media who require assistance after hours, on weekends or on holidays should contact our office via email at VISN8CommunicationOffice@va.gov. We will contact you promptly after recieving your message.

Office of Communication staff are only able to provide assistance for bonafied members of the news media.

VISN 8 Office of Communication Staff

Mary Kay Hollingsworth Communication Mgr. 386-754-6303
Susan Wentzell Deputy Communication Mgr. 727-575-8072

Media Relations Policy

To effectively welcome the media to VISN 8 facilities, the Office of Communication has established the following guidelines for arranging interviews, videotape sessions or photo opportunities.

  • Please call Public Affairs at the facility to arrange all interviews with any staff member. Click here to find contact information for our facilities.

  • Reporters must identify staff by their official titles in stories related to their work roles at VISN 8 facilities.

  • Advance notice of on-site interviews is necessary so Public Affairs staff can make arrangements.

  • To protect the privacy of VISN 8 patients and families, Public Affairs must accompany all reporters, film crews and photographers visiting any VISN 8 site.

Questions? Email us at VISN8CommunicationOffice@va.gov.

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