The more than 2,000 employees and volunteers of the Washington DC VA Medical Center take great pride in providing world-class health care to all Veterans in an environment that fosters compassion, commitment and service.
Our mission is to respect and serve our Nation’s Veterans by honoring them with excellent health care at our main facility and at our five community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Ft. Belvoir, VA; Southeast Washington, DC; and in Greenbelt, Charlotte Hall and Camp Springs, MD. The Medical Center also operates a Community Resource and Referral Center for homeless and at-risk Veterans which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Medical Center’s culture and presence is transforming to meet the needs of more than 106,903 Veterans who are enrolled for VA health care in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In FY 2013, the Medical Center had more than one-million (1,263,472) patient encounters and we are excited about expanding programs and offering services to meet the unique needs of Veterans.
The Medical Center
The Washington DC VA Medical Center, located within sight of the Nation’s Capitol, is the only health care system that specifically provides care to Veterans. Offering tertiary care in a Complexity Level IB hospital, allows ours staff to provide comprehensive primary and specialty care in medicine, surgery, neurology and psychiatry. The Medical Center has 175 acute care beds, 30 Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment beds, and a 20-suite Fisher House. Also, the Medical Center is home to an adjacent 120-bed Community Living Center which provides Veterans with geriatric long-term care, hospice and palliative care.
We provide specialized services and care for Veterans such as: invasive and noninvasive cardiology, home based primary care, women’s health, MRI, PET/CT center, interventional radiology, renal care, trauma services, nutritional services, homeless outreach, compensated work therapy, substance abuse treatment, recreation therapy, and alternative therapies as well as a wide variety of Telehealth services.
We are home to the VISN 5 Polytrauma Network Site and Polytrauma Amputation Network Site and ensure the coordination of lifelong rehabilitation services to Veterans with brain injuries and limb loss, as they progress from acute care to their homes.
The Medical Center’s OEF/OIF/OND Program Office is ready to assist returning Veterans with care coordination as well as VA benefits, claims issues, and support to help ease their transition from active duty to civilian life. Together, the Case Manager and Veteran or Service Member will work as a team to deal with the physical, emotional, and social concerns associated with being a combat Veteran.
If you live in the DC area and wish to arrange an appointment with the OEF/OIF/OND Program Office, phone 202-745-8000, ext. 57212. For Veterans outside of our catchment area, or for more information about services and programs available for combat Veterans, visit the VA’s “Returning Veterans” website: www.oefoif.va.gov. You can also call the VA OEF/OIF Help Line for more information: 1-877-222-8387.
The Washington DC VA Medical Center has a global impact on health care. Dignitaries come from all over the world to visit our Medical Center to see our electronic health records system and to observe our model of care. In 2013, we had more than 60 VIP visits including legislative leaders and international officials who come to get an in depth look at our state-of-the-art technology and how we care for Veterans.
H&HN magazine has named the Washington DC VA Medical Center, a “Most Wired” Hospital six times. Most Wired is the industry-standard benchmark for measuring a hospital’s meaningful use of information technology.
Research and Innovation
The Medical Center’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) is one of three centers in the nation which provides post–deployment health expertise through clinical programs, research and education. Veterans come from as far away as Texas and Florida for comprehensive assessments and the “outside of the box treatments” such as yoga nidra, massage, meditation, acupuncture, gardening and Qigong.
With over 300 active projects, the Research and Development team has had a dramatic impact on medical research. At the Medical Center, research is an interdisciplinary endeavor that incorporates laboratory, translational, clinical, and epidemiological studies to address multiple medical conditions, from HIV/AIDS, TB, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, stroke, and rehabilitation medicine to TBI, PTSD, alcoholism, substance abuse and mental health, and age-related illnesses.