Hampton VA Medical Center, a 468-bed facility, serves a 15-county area in eastern Virginia and a 10-county area in northeastern North Carolina. This area, commonly referred to as the Tidewater Area, has a veteram population of more than 220,000 veterans. A teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services, Hampton VAMC features state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, acute inpatient care, psychiatric care, chronic spinal cord care, long-term care, hospice palliative care and domiciliary rehabilitative residential care. The facility accepts domiciliary referrals and spinal cord injury referrals from a multi-state area. It is the fourth oldest facility in the VA health care system, established just after the Civil War (in 1870) as a National Home for Volunteer Soldiers and Sailors. Hampton has active affiliations with Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University), and the University of North Carolina. More than 180 individual university residents, interns, and students are trained at Hampton each year. Hampton is host to several national headquarters based programs, including the National Chaplain Training program, and the National Compensated Work Therapy/Therapeutic Residencies program.