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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 portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. On Oct 1, 2015 three new medical centers in West Virginia joined the VISN 5 team: Beckley VA Medical Center, Clarksburg VA Medical Center, and Huntington VA Medical Center. Along with the new medical centers, nine medical clinics in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio integrated with the network.

The network now includes VA Medical Centers located in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, and 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 Loch Raven. In addition, the network also includes 26 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Braxton County, WV; Cambridge, MD; Charlotte Hall, MD; Charleston, VW; Cumberland, MD; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Meade, MD; Franklin, WV; Frederick, MD; Gallipolis, OH; Glen Burnie, MD; Hagerstown, MD; Harrisonburg, VA; Lenore, WV; Lewisburg, WV (temporary); Loch Raven, MD; Monongalia County, WV; Pocomoke City, MD; Petersburg, WV; Prestonburg, KY; Princeton, WV; Suitland, MD; Tucker County, WV; Washington, DC; and Winchester, VA; Wood County, WV.

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, telehealth, 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 875,255 Veterans, of whom 224,057 are using VA health care.

All staff members 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 network 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 serves as national models for Veterans' health care.