West Texas VA Health Care System
The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) proudly serves Veterans in 33 counties across 53,000 square miles of rural geography in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. The George H. O’Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center is located in Big Spring, Texas and the four Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) and two Outreach Clinics that comprise the remainder of the health care system are located in Abilene, TX, San Angelo, TX, Odessa, TX, and Hobbs, NM. The two Outreach Clinics are located in Fort Stockton, TX and Stamford, TX. Two Vet Centers also provide services and are located in Abilene, TX and Midland, TX. Approximately 17,000 (30%) of the 55,876 Veterans who reside within the service area receive care from the WTVAHCS.
WTVAHCS offers extended care in the 40-bed Community Living Center and a residential rehabilitation program is available in the 40 bed Domiciliary. On average, the health care system supports over 155,000 outpatient visits annually. The WTVAHCS, due to the extreme rural geography of its catchment area, employs creative methods by which to serve its Veterans. These methods include: a robust Home-Based Primary Care Program, a diverse and rapidly expanding Telehealth Program, a solid cadre of Non-Institutional Care Programs, a strong tertiary referral system, and use of Non VA Coordinated Care. Gradually, the expertise and mission of the WTVAHCS has shifted from that of an inpatient hospital to an outpatient leader in rural health care and telehealth services.
Providing continuity, access, and appropriate services to the Veterans within the WTVAHCS service area will require both capital and non-capital solutions. Establishing and expanding partnerships with academic affiliates, other federal health care facilities, non federal health care facilities, and even proximal VA Medical Centers in VISNs 17 and 18 will be crucial to future delivery of health care services to rural Veterans in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Moreover, repurposing space formerly dedicated to services for which there is diminished demand to services that have experienced an increase in utilization will comprise a compendium of non-capital solutions to narrowing and meeting gaps.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
Ophthalmology Resident Program
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa, Texas
Internal Medicine Resident Program
Physician Assistant, Medicine
Physician Assistant, Psychiatry
Howard College, Big Spring, TX
(RN and LVN) Schoolof Nursing
Midland College, Midland, Texas
Health Information Technology Odessa College, Odessa, Texas
Medical Laboratory Technology
Southeastern Career Institute,
Texas State Technical College, Abilene, Texas
Health Information Technology Universityof Utah
Social Work Resident
of Optometry Houston College
40 VA Nursing Home
40 VA Domiciliary
Type of Facility
Veterans Rural Access