Washington DC VA Medical Center
A number of construction and renovation projects are underway at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Some projects will upgrade the medical center's infrastructure while others will improve patient areas, expand parking and allow the medical center to broaden its health care services to Veterans.
We apologize in advance for any inconveniences these projects may cause and appreciate your patience while we make these necessary improvements. Please check our website and social media often for the latest construction news.
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Patient & Visitor Parking Garage – Under Construction
Patient & Visitor Parking
With our medical center being located in the heart of the nation's capital, parking has been a challenge for some time. However, Veterans have asked for expanded parking at the DC VA Medical Center and we’re listening. So that we can better serve your parking needs, the Patient & Visitor Parking Garage and the adjoining surface lot is currently closed for a construction project to add two new levels and an additional 252 parking spaces. The estimated completion date is March 2019.
During the construction project, we recommend that Veterans try to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to appointment time.
The DCVAMC campus is committed to Veteran-first parking. In keeping with this commitment, a newly-paved surface parking lot has opened between the Fisher House and Building 6 that has added 117 new spaces for Veterans. Additionally, surface parking lots 5-10 (located near the Research Building and La Petite Academy) are now available for patient parking only.
Veterans may also use the Valet Parking Service. To utilize Valet Parking, Veterans will just need to pull to the entrance of the medical center and show their VA identification card. The service is free and no tipping is allowed.
If all of the surface parking lots and valet lots fill to capacity, Veterans may be directed to the Satellite Parking Lot at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH is located just two miles away at 3700 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011.) A free shuttle service makes regular pickups and drop-offs at the Satellite Parking Lot and the DCVAMC. View the Shuttle Schedule. View Map to AFRH
Veterans with a handicap placard, handicap tags or utilizing wheel chairs should park at the main hospital campus and avoid using the satellite parking. Handicap parking for Veterans will be available on the medical center campus during construction.
Parking Lot #2 has been designated handicap parking only so that Veterans can have easier access to the Spinal Cord Injury Center located in Building 6. The medical center also operates two parking lot shuttles which run continuously throughout the day Monday through Friday. One shuttle is ADA compliant with wheelchair access, the other is for ambulatory Veterans who may need a lift from the parking lot to the entrance.
Medical Center employees will continue to park in the Employee Parking Garage accessed at Gate 2 or the Satellite Parking Lot at the AFRH. View the Shuttle Schedule
Employees using public transportation, Red Line (Brookland/CUA) and Green Line (Columbia Heights), can utilize the International Limousine Shuttle Service to and from the medical center. View the Red and Green Line Shuttle Service.
Additionally, employees using mass transportation for their commute to and from work may qualify for the Transit Benefit Program. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resource Management.
New Community Clinics
Three new community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) will soon provide closer-to-home primary and specialty care to Veterans in Montgomery and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryla
- Montgomery County. In September, the Medical Center opened a new 11,600 square-foot community clinic in Montgomery County The clinic, located on 15810 Gaither Drive in Gaithersburg, MD serves more than 44,600 Veterans and provides primary care, mental health, social work services, telehealth and nutrition counseling. To make an appointment at the Montgomery County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, call 202-745-8000, option 2. To reach the clinic directly, phone 301-591-5858.
Two New Clinics to Open in 2019 and 2020. Two new community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) will soon provide closer-to-home primary and specialty care to Veterans in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
- St. Mary’s County – Lexington Park. A new 8,000 square foot clinic located on 4580 East Run Boulevard in Lexington Park, Maryland is slated to open February 2019. The clinic will provide a variety of services including primary care, mental health and telehealth services.
- Charlotte Hall.
The new 17,000 square-foot VA clinic will offer Veterans quality health care and services including Primary Care; Mental Health; Dental, Audiology, Ophthalmology, Nutrition and Social Work Services; Physical Therapy; and a Pharmacy in addition to other services via secure Telehealth technology. The clinic will also offer Business Office services such as eligibility and in-take. Erecting a new VA clinic in Southern Maryland expands services and permits closer-to-home care for many more Veterans in the Tri-County area.
The new clinic is expected to be complete in 2020. Once opened, it will replace the current clinic and will be a welcomed addition to the DC VA Medical Center’s care system which currently operates Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Gaithersburg and Camp Springs, Maryland; Southeast Washington, DC; and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In addition, the Medical Center operates a 24/7 VA Community Resource and Referral Center located in Northeast Washington, DC.
Community Living Center Renovation
Renovations are underway to expand the Community Living Center and to provide a more home like environment for the 120 residents receiving long-term and rehabilitative care. The project includes: improved finishes and fixtures throughout the existing CLC, renovations to eliminate resident rooms with more than two beds, and a new addition which creates 11 new private resident rooms. Facilities Management Service (FMS) recently completed a separate project in the CLC to improve HVAC and environmental conditioning controls.
During construction, Veteran residents may have to be temporarily moved to other rooms, but construction phasing allows the medical center to not reduce the CLC’s capacity. The project is expected to be completed in fall of 2019.
Emergency Department Renovation
This project, currently in its design phase, will include a full renovation and 5,000 square foot expansion to add 11 new bed spaces. This will improve the ED’s work flow, double bed capacity to 22, and reduce patient wait times. The design phase is nearing completion and construction award is anticipated for summer 2018. Project is planned to be complete in late 2019. In the interim, a separate project has recently been completed, the new Fast Track area, which includes five additional Emergency Department beds and an expanded waiting area, will relieve congestion in the ED and improve Veterans' wait times.
The Veterans Canteen closed in February for major renovations. The project will improve the Canteen kitchen, dining rooms, refrigeration, HVAC, traffic flow, and permit the installation of new food preparation and serving equipment to allow VCS to expand food offerings. During construction, the Patriot Store and the Patriot Brew Café will remain open and food vendor trucks will be onsite to offer hot meals. VCS will be establishing limited “grab and go” options in satellite locations in the former Canteen dining area, main atrium, and by the Building 6 shuttle stop entrance. The expected completion for this project is fall 2018.
Sterile Processing Service Renovation
SPS is responsible for cleaning, sterilizing, preparing and storing surgical and medical equipment and supplies. The major project entails: a full renovation and expansion of the SPS area in the basement of the main hospital. The scope of the renovation includes all new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, finishes, and reprocessing equipment. The area is being expanded to meet increased capacity needs and improve work flow efficiencies. The expected completion date is winter 2018.
Wing 3D East Renovation
The renovation for Mental Health’s 3D East wing involves reconfiguring rooms so that none will have more than two patients. The project also includes renovating finishes, replacing all furniture, installing new lighting, and eliminating safety deficiencies. The completed project will create a much-improved healing environment for patients on this ward. The expected completion date is fall 2018.
New Linear Accelerator for Cancer Treatment
The site is being prepared for Radiology’s new Linear Accelerator for state-of-the-art cancer treatment. The new 21EX linear accelerator will match the present 21EX and will replace the aged 6EX unit. This will allow for continuation and expansion of services to Veterans with less down time. This phase of the project is expected to be complete in winter 2018.
New Digital PET/CT Scanner
Site preparation has been recently completed for the new Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography Scanner. Once installed, this will be the first “Digital PET/CT” to be deployed in the VA Health Care System.
The medical center is now over 50 years old and many of its vital internal systems are due for replacement and upgrade including the pipes that serve our heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Two projects are being awarded this year that will improve our ability to heat and cool the building.
For questions about specific projects, please call 202-745-8000, ext. 55685.