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At the VA Altoona Healthcare System, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of you and your family every day.

About the VA Altoona Healthcare System

The Altoona Healthcare System provides you with world-class health care and trains America’s future health care providers.

Health care and services

We provide you with health care services at 6 locations: the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (hospital) and 5 community-based outpatient clinics. To learn more about the services each Altoona health care location offers, visit the VA Altoona health care page.

The Altoona Healthcare System is one of the leading VA health care systems in Pennsylvania. We’re an innovative care center within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 (VISN 4). VISN 4 includes medical centers in Altoona, Butler, Coatesville, Erie, Lebanon, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania; Wilmington in Delaware; and 44 VA outpatient clinics in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

Learn more about VISN 4

Teaching and learning

The VA Altoona Medical Center is one of the leading teaching hospitals in the VISN 4 area. We have partnerships with the following colleges, universities, and training centers:

  • Duquesne University
  • Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Saint Francis University
  • South Hills School of Business & Technology
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • York Technical Institute

Fast facts

  • In 2023, we served 25,988 Veterans in our 14-county service area.
  • We had 1,379 employees, including 394 nurses and 60 physicians, in 2023.
  • More than a quarter of our employees (224) are Veterans. 
  • Our annual operating budget is approximately $352 million.
  • We have 51 operating beds.
  • In 2023, we had 370,071 outpatient visits and 643 hospital admissions. Our doctors performed 1,859 surgeries.

Accreditation and Achievements

The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center has received a number of accreditations and has initiated several innovative programs designed to improve clinical quality of care.  Some of our recent notable accomplishments include:

  • Care Coordination and Home Telehealth
  • Compensated Work Therapy program
  • Home Based Primary Care program
  • IHI initiatives on Central Line Acquired Infection, Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, and Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • MRSA - Getting to Zero infection control program
  • OEF/OIF Case Management
  • Outpatient Substance Abuse program
  • Pandemic flu educational awareness program with local community health care facilities and emergency preparedness organizations
  • Recovery Coordination
  • Suicide Prevention Coordinator
  • Tele-psychiatry (provided at the DuBois VA outpatient clinic)


  • The Joint Commission
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Annual reports and newsletters

Annual reports


VA Healthcare-VISN 4


Get the latest news from VISN 4 in our Vision for Excellence newsletter and learn how we are improving access to care and earning Veterans' trust.

Annual Report

Read the latest VISN 4 annual report for news about the many accomplishments across our network and what we have been doing to provide excellent care for Veterans.