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VA Capitol Health Care Network


About the VA Capitol Health Care Network


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 West Virginia, plus portions of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The network includes eight VA medical centers located in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, and Martinsburg, WV; Baltimore, Loch Raven, and Perry Point, MD; and Washington, D.C. In addition, the VA Capital Health Care Network also includes 28 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Braxton County, WV; Cambridge, MD; Charlotte Hall, MD; Charleston, WV; Cumberland, MD; Eastern Baltimore County, MD; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Meade, MD; Franklin, WV; Fort Detrick, MD; Gallipolis, OH; Glen Burnie, MD; Greenbrier County, WV; Hagerstown, MD; Harrisonburg, VA; Lenore, WV; Lexington Park, MD; Monongalia County, WV; Montgomery County, MD; Pocomoke City, MD; Petersburg, WV; Prestonsburg, KY; Princeton, WV; Stephens City, VA, Suitland, MD; Tucker County, WV; Washington, DC; and Wood County, WV. These 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.

There are also three Community Resource and Referral Centers located in Baltimore, Huntington and Washington, DC; six Community Living Centers located at Perry Point, Loch Raven, Beckley, Clarksburg, Martinsburg and Washington VAMCs; and four domiciliaries located at Perry Point, Clarksburg, Huntington, and Martinsburg VAMCs.

With an annual general purpose medical care budget in FY 23 of approximately $2.5 billion, VISN 5 employs over 12,000 staff (including clinicians, administrators, and support personnel) throughout the 41 sites of care and executes over $25M in support of Research Activities. Annually, VISN 5 executes over $40M on Medical Equipment, $155M on Pharmaceuticals, $211M on Medical Supplies, and over $275M in Specific Purpose programs including but not limited to Rural Health ($14M), Prosthetics ($122M), Whole Health ($3M) and trainees ($32M). In addition to the budget supporting VA-based care, VISN 5 executed $750M in support of Veteran care provided through community partners.

The estimated eligible Veteran population in our geographic service area is 519,032 Veterans, and during FY22, we provided care to over 247,594 individual Veterans who had 3,026,344 outpatient visits.

All VISN 5 staff are committed to providing safe, high-quality clinical care to Veterans, on an inpatient and outpatient basis. 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 (Washington DC VA Medical Center)

VISN 5 has one of two national 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 serves as a national model for Veterans' health care.