United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Capitol Health Care Network - VISN 5

About VISN 5

 

About VISN 5 

The VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) was established in October 1995, and serves Veterans from economically and demographically diverse areas within Maryland, the District of Columbia, and portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The Network includes VA Medical Centers located in Martinsburg, WV; Washington, DC; and Maryland. The VA Maryland Health Care System is comprised of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Perry Point VA Medical Center, and the Baltimore Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. In addition, the Network also includes Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Cambridge, MD; Charlotte Hall, MD; Cumberland, MD; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Howard, MD; Fort Meade, MD; Franklin, WV; Frederick, MD; Glen Burnie, MD; Greenbelt, MD; Hagerstown, MD; Harrisonburg, VA; Loch Raven, MD; Pocomoke City, MD; Petersburg, WV, Suitland, MD; Washington, DC; and Winchester, VA.

The region's Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are health care facilities that enable the VA to make care more accessible in areas where many Veterans live, or in remote areas where other health care services are not available. Our outpatient clinics offer Veterans coordination of care by a primary care provider, physical examinations, general outpatient medical care, psychiatric screenings, and preventive health and education services. Demand for care is great in the cities and in the rural counties of West Virginia and Southern Maryland. As expected, the majority of Veterans using our services reside close to our facilities. The estimated Veteran population in our geographic service area is 765,000 Veterans, and during fiscal year 2013, we provided care to over 134,000 individual Veterans.

All staff within VISN 5 are committed to providing quality clinical care to Veterans, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis, with emphasis placed on outpatient primary care. Through the dedicated efforts of our staff, the VISN had six of its clinical programs recognized by the Veterans Health Administration as "VA Clinical Programs of Excellence." These are:

  • The "Seriously Mentally III Program" (a Network-wide initiative) 
  • The "Health Care for the Homeless Program" (Washington DC VA Medical Center) 
  • The "Home Based Primary Care Program" (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Epilepsy Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System)

VISN 5 has one of two centers for the study of war-related illnesses, the War-Related Illness and Injury Center, located at the Washington DC VAMC.

VISN 5 also has a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and a Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) located at the VA Maryland Health Care System.

Each of these programs serve as national models for Veterans' health care.