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Atlanta VA Medical Center

Our main campus provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health services, audiology and speech, dental services, hospice and palliative care, nutrition counseling, prescriptions, and more. Below, you’ll find our address and hours, parking and transportation information, and the other health services we offer at Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Location and contact information

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  • Your care partner is welcome (no other visitors).
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Address

1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033-4004

Phone numbers

Main phone: 404-321-6111
Mental health care: 404-321-6111 x206026

Clinical hours

  • Mon: 24/7
  • Tue: 24/7
  • Wed: 24/7
  • Thu: 24/7
  • Fri: 24/7
  • Sat: 24/7
  • Sun: 24/7
Atlanta VA Medical Center

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Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability:  Wheelchairs are available upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

We work with Disabled American Veterans and county Veterans Affairs directors to provide transportation for Veterans and authorized caregivers to get to scheduled medical appointments.

 

DAV and Non-DAV van services

Many localities in the region provide other van services to Veterans.

Learn more about DAV and the other van services available in your county

 

Local transportation services

Veterans Transportation Service (VTS)

Please call 10 to 14 days prior to the appointment. To schedule an appointment for pickup, call

404-321-6111, ext. 206616

404-321-6111, ext. 207201

404-321-6111, ext. 205254

404-321-6111, ext. 206543

404-321-6111, ext. 206513

 

Beneficiary travel

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport. 

To speak to a Beneficiary Travel Representative, call

404-321-6111, ext. 123589

404-321-6111, ext. 124157

Find out if you qualify for beneficiary travel benefits

Clinical Pastoral Education

The Atlanta VA Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program provides clinical, experiential, professional education for spiritual care ministry theological students, and clergy of all faiths. Students engage in spiritual care visits, peer group seminars, verbatim case conferences, patient care conferences and interdisciplinary team meetings. Our students have the supervised opportunity to explore pastoral and personal identity, learn from and about interpersonal relationships, and examine their attitudes, values, culture and theological assumptions about life and ministry.

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What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

About the Atlanta VA CPE

Program Dates

Internship

Residency

Fellowship

Certified Educator Training

Annual Notice

ACPE outcomes

Admission policy

What is Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into encounters with persons in crisis. We have had pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams take CPE at the Atlanta VA.  We have had students from Protestant mainline denominations from conservative to liberal theologically, all of Jewish denominations, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Theist, UUA, and Muslim participants in our program.  Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and educators, you will develop new awareness of yourself personally and professionally and of the needs of those with whom you minister. Through theological reflection on specific human situations, you will gain a new understanding of ministry. Within an interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, you will develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

One unit of CPE includes 400 hours of clinically engaged experience and education.

About Atlanta VA CPE

Through our clinical experiences, the Atlanta VA is committed to providing the potential for a transformational learning opportunity as you engage with the veterans.  We hope to provide a relational environment for learning that fosters human growth and dignity. The curriculum embodies the mission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, as well as the mission and vision of Veteran’s Health Administration, “to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.”

The CPE program’s philosophy is that the clinical method of learning is enriched by diversity and seeks to provide a relational learning environment that is participatory and collegial.  This philosophy is congruent with the mission and core values of the VA Healthcare System, which is committed to being a workplace where diversity is honored and the whole health and well-being of employees and veterans are nurtured. As such, administrative personnel, Certified Educators, clinical mentors and preceptors, and chaplain services staff are accountable for ensuring that appropriate standards of ethical conduct and protection of the rights of students and client populations served are maintained. 

Activities such as a daily huddle (gathering) of staff and trainees for clinical collaboration, staff chaplain participation as clinical faculty and clinical mentorships contribute to this learning environment. In addition, the VA commitment to training America’s future healthcare providers as a training ground for other disciplines contributes to the sense of collaborative learning in a complex organizational culture.

The Atlanta VA CPE Center does not discriminate against persons because of race, gender, gender identity or expression, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. 


The Atlanta VA offers four ACPE programs:

  • Internships (Summer Intensive and an academic year Extended program),
  • One year-long Chaplain Resident Program
  • One year-long  Chaplain Fellowship Specialty Program (Mental Health, and soon to be Palliative Care; Must have completed Resident Program)
  • Certified Educator Fellowship Program (for the ACPE Certified Education Process)

Tentative Upcoming Program Dates

Dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • 2022-2023 ACPE™ CPE Chaplain Residency: May 23, 2022 – May 30, 2023
  • 2022-2023 ACPE™ CPE Chaplain Fellowship: May 23, 2022 – May 30, 2023
  • Summer 2022 ACPE™ CPE Intensive Internship: May 23, 2022 – August 2022
  • Fall 2022 ACPE™ CPE Extended Internship: September 12, 2022 – May 2023

Internship

The Atlanta VA CPE Internship program is designed to enhance the personal, theological, and professional competency of clergy, religious, lay persons, and theology students. The curriculum is planned around the outcomes of ACPE and the learning goals of the students.

Summer Intensive Internship Unit

The summer unit is a 11 to 12-week, full-time program typically beginning the third week of May and ending around the second or third week of August. In includes full-time work week, participation in the on-call rotation, and educational seminars during the work week. It’s open to seminarians and clergy seeking continuing education.

Extended Internship Unit

An extended unit is typically 20 - 24 hours per week for 20 - 30 weeks, including: a set schedule of direct patient service (clinical rounds during day, night on call shifts and weekend visitation) that is flexed to meet student’s individual schedule; 5-6 hours of formal class time each week, and weekly scheduled one hour of individual supervision. This unit is open to seminarians and clergy seeking…

Intern Admission Requirements

The Atlanta VA Clinical Pastoral Education program follows the standards and guidelines of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Complete an ACPE Application
  • An admissions screening interview is onsite.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; in progress or completed graduate work in theology, divinity, or equivalent is preferred.
  • Verified connections with a spiritual community

Program Learning and Service Expectations

  • Participate in all educational sessions including clinical/verbatim seminars, theoretical/ didactics, Interpersonal relationship groups, and individual consultation/supervision, completing all written and educational requirements for the CPE unit.
  • Be mentored by Chaplain Service staff and share responsibilities as assigned to provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients, family members and staff.

 

  • Participate in the on-call rotation, one or two weeks during the education unit, which means being available for call back to the hospital in case of a spiritual care need and providing an Ecumenical Sunday service in the chapel and on the psychiatric unit.
  • Be able to provide professional communication and presence as part of spiritual care ministry

Cost: There is no tuition or application cost to the student.


ACPE™ CPE Chaplain Residency Program

The Atlanta VA Residency Program is designed to develop and enhance the resident’s professional competence and professional identity as a professional spiritual caregiver. Chaplain Residents provide emotional and spiritual support to patient, families, and staff at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Residents are under the supervision of an ACPE Certified Educator.


The CPE Residency Program is designated for one year, and students earn four units of CPE.

Qualifications and Admission Requirements

  • Education:
    • A high school diploma;
    • a bachelor’s degree; and
    • a master’s degree (MDiv or MA in Theology, or an equivalent degree in other related disciplines such as spirituality, ministry, or religious education) from an accredited college, university or theological seminary or institute; or ordination from a recognized Jewish Seminary.
    • Successful completion of at least one previous unit of ACPE Certified CPE™ is required.
  • Licensure/certification: Evidence of good standing within a faith group such as ordination, endorsement, or commissioning.
  • A potential CPE Resident shall have a:
    • Proven aptitude for interpersonal work, sound mental/emotional health, the ability to work and learn in a moderate amount of chaos and the ability to minister in cross-cultural, interfaith settings:

This means the capacity to consistently establish and maintain relationships, to be open to learning, change and growth and an openness to developments in faith and theology, spiritual and personal growth, outreach through compassion and justice. It also includes the capacity to endure at least moderate amounts of organization stress with a flexibility and openness to rapid change in acute care hospital-based ministry. Strong written and interpersonal skills are required as well as the abilities to actively listen and project an open, nonjudgmental attitude toward all people of diverse ethnic, social, cultural and spiritual traditions and previous experience in ministry in pastoral care and/or health care settings is preferred. Applicants must have an aptitude for computer-based learning and performance.

    • Completed ACPE application with evidence of successful completion of a previous unit of ACPE Certified CPE™
    • Submit signed copies of all Level I evaluations (student and educator) indicating assessment of CPE Level I outcomes

Program expectations

  • Actively participate in all aspects of the clinical pastoral education program
  • Share clinical rotations with peers, other students, permanent staff, providing pastoral and spiritual care to patients on assigned units
  • Participate in the on-call rotation, including holidays
  • Complete written assignments such as verbatim reports, reflection papers, evaluations of each CPE unit and other assignments as required

Benefits

  • As a VA employee, you will earn a stipend $31,658 for the year, plus eligibility for enrollment into health insurance at the same rate as all VA employees, and accrue annual leave and sick leave (both 4 hours per pay period).

Cost

VA does not charge tuition or fees associated with the four units of CPE you will earn upon successful completion of the program.


Fellowship Program

Currently, we offer three fellowship positions for specialized training: all in mental health. Trainees from the disciplines of psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy have opportunities to meet regularly in joint didactics and case presentations, as well as joint patient care experiences.  These advanced training opportunities give our students the experience needed to move into professional chaplaincy/spiritual care opportunities as leaders in health care and spiritual care.

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • Education: A high school diploma; a bachelor’s degree; and a master’s degree (MDiv or MA in Theology, or an equivalent degree in other related disciplines such as spirituality, ministry, or religious education) from an accredited college, university or theological seminary or institute; or ordination from a recognized Jewish Seminary. Successful completion of four units of ACPE Certified CPE™ is required.
  • Licensure/certification: Ordination and/or endorsement by an established denominational authority is preferred, as evidence of good standing within a faith group.
  • Other qualifications: A potential CPE Fellow shall have a(n):
    • Proven aptitude for interpersonal work, sound mental/emotional health, the ability to work and learn in a moderate amount of chaos and the ability to minister in cross-cultural, interfaith settings:

This means the capacity to consistently establish and maintain relationships, to be open to learning, change and growth and an openness to developments in faith and theology, spiritual and personal growth, outreach through compassion and justice. It also includes the capacity to endure at least moderate amounts of organization stress with a flexibility and openness to rapid change in acute care hospital-based ministry. Strong written and interpersonal skills are required as well as the abilities to actively listen and project an open, nonjudgmental attitude toward all people of diverse ethnic, social, cultural and spiritual traditions and previous experience in ministry in pastoral care and/or health care settings is preferred. Applicants must have an aptitude for computer-based learning and performance.

    • Completed ACPE application with evidence of successful completion of a previous unit of ACPE Certified CPE™
    • Submit signed copies of all Level I evaluations (student and educator) indicating assessment of CPE Level I outcomes

Program learning and service expectations

  • Actively participate in all aspects of the chaplain service fellowship program
  • Fulfill clinical assignment responsibilities and clinical providing pastoral and spiritual care to veterans
  • Rotation is one half year at the Domiciliary and SUD program and one-half year serving the 4th floor psychiatric unit.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation, including holidays
  • Complete reading and written assignments such as verbatim reports, reflection papers, and other assignments as required
  • Participate in a professional consultation in preparation for board certification
  • Complete a ministry specialty/clinical research project to present to peers and staff
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor in all aspects of service as a Chaplain Fellow

Benefits

  • As a VA employee, you will earn a stipend of $34,300 for the year, plus eligibility for enrollment into health insurance at the same rate as all VA employees, and accrue annual leave and sick leave (both 4 hours per pay period).

Certified Educator CPE Fellowship Program

Certified Educator CPE is designed for qualified persons with demonstrated pastoral, professional, and clinical competence. Certified Educator CPE students engage in a three-year residency program designed to teach them the art of pastoral supervision through education in supervisory theories by using conceptual models drawn from theology, behavioral science, and education. Students will practice under the supervision of a CPE Certified Educator. They will form their identity as educators through a focus on integrating theory and practice with their distinct, personal attributes and life history. They will also learn through peer group seminars where the emerging supervisor's understanding and practice are tested and modified. Please contact CPE Program Director, Chaplain MaryBeth Hayes at mary.hayes@va.gov, for more information about our Certified Educator CPE program.


Center Annual Notice

This ACPE CPE center and program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

Student records are outlined in the Student Records Policy and may be digital/electronic or on paper. Student records contain the following information: Student unit evaluation, Educator’s evaluation for each unit, application for the program, and other communications associated with the application process. Digital records have at least one back-up separate from the original hardware location.

Student records management falls under the direction of ACPE Certified Educators at this center. A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempt from this right.

A student’s record will not be released without the written/signed consent of the student.

Those with access to student records are under the direct supervision of the Chief of Chaplain Service, CPE Program Director, Certified Educators associated with the program, Certified Education Fellows under the direct supervision of an ACPE Certified Educator and enrolled as an CEF at this center. Each of these persons is considered “education officials.” Others with a “legitimate education interest” includes human resources and the Atlanta VA Designated Education Officer. Those with “legitimate education interest” may review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility for the administrative and educational purposes carried out by the CPE program.

Violations of Annual Notice protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308.


Objectives and Outcomes for Level I/Level II CPE

CPE provides theological and professional education using the clinical method of learning in diverse contexts of spiritual care. ACPE accredits two types of clinical pastoral education programs: CPE Level I/Level II and Certified Educator CPE. 

ACPE accredited programs provide a progressive learning experience through a two-level curriculum. Level I curriculum outcomes must be satisfactorily addressed prior to admission to Level II.

It is a goal to ensure that students are knowledgeable about the Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains.

CPE Level I/Level II enables pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection. Some CPE centers offer pastoral specialization(s) as part of their Level II curriculum.

Outcomes define the competencies to be developed by students as a result of participating in each of the programs.

Objectives of CPE define the scope of their curricula.

The Center’s curriculum is designed to facilitate the student’s addressing the following objectives and outcomes.

 

 

Pastoral Formation

Objective

Level I Outcome

Level II Outcome

O1. to develop students’ awareness of themselves as ministers and of the ways their ministry affects persons.

L1.1. articulate the central themes and core values of one’s religious/spiritual heritage and the theological understanding that informs one’s ministry.

L2.1. articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with one’s personal and cultural values, basic assumptions and personhood

O2. to develop students’ awareness of how their attitudes, values, assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses affect their pastoral care.

L1.2. identify and discuss major life events, relationships, social location, cultural contexts, and social realities that impact personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.

 

O3. to develop students’ ability to engage and apply the support, confrontation, and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral functioning

L1.3. initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one’s ministry practice.

 

 

 

 

Pastoral Competence

Objective

Level I Outcome

Level II Outcome

O4. to develop students’ awareness and understanding of how persons, social conditions, systems, and structures affect their lives and the lives of others and how to address effectively these issues through their ministry

L1.4. risk offering appropriate and timely critique with peers and supervisors

L2.2. provide pastoral ministry with diverse people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic differences, social conditions, systems, justice and applied clinical ethics issues without imposing one’s own perspectives

O5. to develop students’ skills in providing intensive and extensive pastoral care and counseling to persons

L1.5. recognize relational dynamics within group contexts

L2.3. demonstrate a range of pastoral skills, including listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflict resolution/ transformation, confrontation, crisis management, and appropriate use of religious/spiritual resources

O6. to develop students’ ability to make effective use of their religious/spiritual heritage, theological understanding, and knowledge of the behavioral sciences and applied clinical ethics in their pastoral care of persons and groups

L1.6. demonstrate the integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice.

L2.4. assess the strengths and needs of those served, grounded in theology and using an understanding of the behavioral sciences

O7. to teach students the pastoral role in professional relationships and how to work effectively as a pastoral member of a multidisciplinary team

L1.7. initiate helping relationships within and across diverse populations

L2.5. manage ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-direction, and clear, accurate professional communication

O8. to develop students’ capacity to use one’s pastoral and prophetic perspectives in preaching, teaching, leadership, management, pastoral care, and pastoral counseling

L1.8. demonstrate the integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice

L2.6. demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function which includes: emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self- disclosure, positive use of power and authority, a non-anxious and non- judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries

Missing Pastoral Reflection

 

 

Admissions Policy

an admission policy that clearly states the ACPE accredited center does not discriminate against persons because of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Purpose         

The Atlanta VA CPE program has program specific admission criteria and protocols in compliance with current ACPE Standards in the 2020 ACPE Accreditation Manual. The program does not discriminate against any qualified individual in an admissions decision for reasons of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, or faith group.

Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by the Faculty in order to conduct an evaluation of the applicant's qualifications. Only qualified applicants will be invited to complete an admissions interview as part of the application process.

Acceptance criteria

Students are chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in the CPE program.  Faculty carefully reviews the application materials, will conduct an interview with some candidates and will check references before making final decisions to offer acceptance into the program.

Successful applicants are chosen to participate in the CPE program because they demonstrate the ability to sustain the physical, emotional and intellectual health necessary to deliver effective spiritual care within a complex and demanding healthcare context.   Successful students have a clear understanding of adult learning and the capacity to establish and maintain pastoral relationships of both quality and depth. The ideal student is open to learning, change and growth and has an ability to be reflective, honest and forthright.  Each must have the capacity to function professionally within situations of intensity, uncertainly, both as an individual and as a team member.

The faculty is examining an applicant based on the following criteria.

  • The capacity to function with sensitivity and respect with people of different faiths and cultural heritages.
  • An openness to learning and sufficient internal motivation to address and achieve ACPE educational outcomes
  • Suitable competence in ethical, theological, sociological, religious, personal and professional reflection, so as to provide the hospital with competent care and the learning paradigm with informed dialogue.
  • Ability to use one’s own spirituality, faith, and religion to provide respectful spiritual care.
  • Ample honesty to identify and use personal, pastoral and professional strengths and limitations for growth and development in education and ministry.
  • Emotional maturity and stability
  • Must be US citizens at the start of their respective programs due to VA policy.
  • Awareness and balance in personal authority and respect for authority of others
  • Ability to fluently speak, write, and read English. 
  • Ability to function with an appropriate balance of autonomy and interdependence, displaying appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Educational groups are formed to achieve a diverse membership.
  • Applicants must have a willingness to learn and an openness to communicate and listen effectively with others who have different values.
  • Physical requirements are to be mobile within the hospital and to have arrangements for transportation. 
  • Applicants must have an ability to tolerate up to four hours without smoking.
  • Completion of their M.Div. degree before the start of the residency.

Application Deadlines and Timelines

The CPE program receives applications at any time and processes them on the following timeline.

The CPE program’s Faculty will review an application within 30 days of the application file being verified as complete and will then decide which applicants to invite for an interview.

Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview.

Applications are complete when:

The CPE program application is filled out and submitted:

  • all handwriting is legible
  • is single sided
  • is signed
  • all application questions are completely answered
  • Copies of all previous CPE evaluations (self and Educator)                            

Send Applications to:

Atlanta Veterans Administration Health Care System (AVAHCS), Attn: Chaplain Service (125), 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, Georgia 30033 or

Mary.hayes@va.gov 

Declines

If a decision has been made not to accept an applicant, the applicant is informed, and all application materials are destroyed.

The applicants need to understand that neither the submission of an application, nor any subsequent invitation for an interview by a representative of the CPE program constitutes an offer of enrollment.

Formal Admission

Formal admission is dependent upon the applicants submitting all required government paperwork in a timely manner, passing all drug and background screens. 

The residency program is a 12-month stipend CPE program offering 4 units of CPE during the year.  Residents will function essentially as full-time training staff chaplains and consequently must meet many of the same requirements for admission to the program as staff chaplains seeking employment.

This policy notwithstanding, all students accepted into this center's CPE programs shall be able, with reasonable accommodation, to physically perform the duties contained in their respective job descriptions.

At all levels, the student needs to sustain physical and emotional health to deliver pastoral/spiritual care. The student must demonstrate the capacity to consistently establish and maintain relationships at significant levels and be open to learning, change, and growth. 

The student must demonstrate a capacity to endure at least moderate amounts of chaos which is a normal part of hospital culture. 

Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for Intern Program (without compensation)

    • Completed a college degree
    • Some type of formal theological training
    • A sense of calling in ministry
    • US Citizenship

Minimum admission requirements for Ministers and Pastors Program (without compensation)

    • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
    • Some ministry/pastorate experience
    • A sense of calling in ministry
    • US Citizenship

Minimum admission for Resident Program Level I or II (with compensation)

    • Completed one unit of Level 1 CPE from an ACPE accredited center
    • Completed M.Div. or an equivalent degree
    • Ordination
    • US Citizenship

Minimum admission for Advanced Resident Level II (with compensation)

    • M.Div. or an equivalent degree
    • Ordination from an ecclesiastical body
    • CPE Residency from an ACPE accredited site
    • US citizenship

Advanced Fellowship

The Atlanta VA has an advanced residency/fellowship that focuses on mental health.

Minimum admission for Advanced Resident Level II (with compensation)

    • M.Div. or an equivalent degree
    • Ordination from an ecclesiastical body
    • CPE Residency from an ACPE accredited site
    • US citizenship

Application Process Submissions:

  1. Complete the ACPE Face Sheet
  2. Self and final evaluations from previous units of CPE
  3. Resume
  4. History – a brief personal history noting major themes that influence your personal and professional identity.
  5. Spiritual History – A spiritual history that includes important spiritual/theological events/history/beliefs that influence your decision to apply for this educational experience.

For more information or any questions about the Atlanta VA CPE program, please contact:

Chaplain MaryBeth Hayes, ACPE Certified Educator
CPE Program Director
mary.hayes@va.gov 

In the spotlight at VA Atlanta health care

Health services offered here

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Advice nurse

Talk with an advice nurse if you have questions about your care or for help in deciding whether you need an urgent or routine appointment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

The registered nurses on our Nurse Advice Line provide you and your family with helpful medical advice and free, confidential answers to many of your health care questions. Call anytime. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, our nurses can:

  • Help you manage many of your basic health care needs
  • Answer questions about your current medications or medical condition
  • Discuss your health care concerns and help you decide the best way to handle them
  • Offer improved access to VA services

Audiology and speech

Common conditions: tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, vestibular conditions, swallowing conditions

We diagnose and treat conditions affecting your hearing, speech or balance. These include hearing loss, tinnitus (noise or ringing the ears) and dizziness—also speech, language, voice or swallowing disorders.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our Audiology and Speech Pathology clinic provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services, VA compensation and pension examinations, and screening for employee hearing conservation. We offer a full range of audiology and speech pathology services like:

 

  • Hearing and balance evaluations
  • Selection, management, and repair of hearing aids and assistive listening device assessments
  • Evaluation, programming, and management of cochlear implants and bone-anchored implants
  • Evaluation and treatment for auditory processing disorder
  • Services that help with speech, language, fluency, voice, cognitive communication, swallowing, stuttering, and laryngectomy (surgical removal of the larynx, which contains your vocal cords)

Learn more about VA hearing aids

COVID-19 vaccines

Common conditions: coronavirus, COVID-19
We provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as well as their spouses and caregivers. We also provide vaccines to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) recipients and VA staff.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Your VA health care team will contact you if you’re eligible to get a vaccine during this time. As the supply of vaccine increases, we'll work with our care teams to let Veterans know their options.

Referral required? Yes

Walk-ins accepted? No

  • COVID-19 vaccines for eligible Veterans and staff

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at VA

Cardiology

Common conditions: heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, angina, vascular diseases

Our cardiology specialists offer advanced treatment and care for conditions affecting your heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, stroke, heart rhythm disorders and high blood pressure. 

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We perform noninvasive and minimally invasive tests and procedures that check, support, and improve your heart health. We’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan and treat you with the most effective medications. Our services include:

  • Evaluating you for coronary heart disease, heart-valve disease, and heart defects
  • Determining how well blood flows through your heart vessels or find the cause of your heart failure
  • Treating your heart vessels with nonsurgical or minimally invasive operations that open and support them through balloon angioplasty or stent placement
  • Noninvasively monitoring you for changes in heart rhythm, using electrocardiograms (EKGs or ECGs), portable Holt monitors, or ultrasound
  • Performing surgical treatments like pacemaker implants or cardiac catheterization (inserting a long, thin tube into an artery or vein)

Caregiver support

If you are caring for a Veteran with serious illness or disabilities, we can help you support them—and take care of yourself. You may qualify for services like training, counseling or respite care when you need a break.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

If you’re a caregiver for a Veteran, you can get support by contacting one of our caregiver support coordinators. If the Veteran you care for was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for even more services, including a stipend to help with expenses, training, and medical coverage if you aren’t already covered. For all caregivers, we can:

 

  • Help you get caregiver assistance available through VA
  • Provide progressive needs planning to help you manage degenerative conditions
  • Match you with services and benefits
  • Connect you with local resources and programs
  • Listen to you when you struggle

Learn more and connect with a support coordinator

Dental/oral surgery

Common conditions: teeth cleaning, fillings, restorations, root canal, bridges, dental implants, dentures

If you’re eligible for VA dental care, we provide dental screenings, cleanings, X-rays and fillings. We also provide specialty dental procedures like root canal, restorations and dentures.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

If you’re eligible for VA dental care, we offer a full range of quality dental services like:

  • Routine exams and teeth cleaning
  • Restorative procedures, including fillings and crowns
  • Comprehensive surgical care, including extractions (pulling teeth) and oral cancer screening
  • Routine and advanced prosthodontic care, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants
  • Routine and advanced periodontal care, including root canals, gum treatments, and supporting bone care
  • Oral and facial reconstruction surgery to repair damage from traumatic injury or serious illness

Dermatology

Common conditions: psoriasis, eczema, skin cancer, acne, rosacea, allergic skin diseases, ulcers

Our dermatologists offer expert treatment for a range of conditions that affect your skin, hair and nails—from acne to psoriasis to skin cancer. We also offer skin cancer screening and education.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We provide care for many medical and surgical skin conditions. Our dermatology services include:

  • Medically necessary treatments for skin conditions like skin cancer and rashes
  • Specialized treatments for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-lasting) skin conditions, like psoriasis, eczema, warts, and fungal illnesses
  • Evaluation, biopsy, and treatment of cancerous or pre-cancerous skin conditions, like abnormal moles and lesions.
  • Referrals for complex conditions
  • Teledermatology (a telehealth resource), which gives patients quick access to expert opinions

Emergency care

In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest VA or non-VA emergency room. We provide immediate treatment for serious, life-threatening health emergencies such as severe chest pain, seizures, heavy uncontrollable bleeding or moderate to severe burns.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We provide emergency medical care 24 hours a day, every day. Our emergency room staff can help you with:

  • Life-threatening illnesses and injuries that require immediate attention
  • Urgent medical issues that must be treated right away
  • Psychiatric evaluations

Endocrinology

Common conditions: diabetes, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, endocrine conditions

We provide caring, expert treatment for diabetes and disorders of the endocrine, hormonal, glandular and metabolic systems.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and other endocrine system problems that can create or complicate serious medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and thyroid or parathyroid disorders. Our endocrinologists can:

  • Measure the level of various hormones in your body
  • Measure your blood glucose level
  • Determine the cause and proper treatment of endocrine and metabolic disorders

Gastroenterology

Common conditions: reflux, GERD, Barrett's esophagus, endoscopy, colonoscopy

Our gastrointestinal (GI) specialists offer screening and treatment for conditions affecting your GI tract, gallbladder, liver and pancreas—like reflux, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis and pancreatitis.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We diagnose and treat medical conditions in your esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, and other parts of your digestive system. We can also test and treat other organs, like your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Our gastroenterology department provides services like:

  • Colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which use an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a small camera on the end) that lets us examine your digestive system
  • Endoscopic ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to create images that help us diagnose and evaluate digestive and lung diseases
  • Manometry study, which tests how well your esophagus is working
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy, which uses a tiny wireless camera that takes pictures as it moves through your digestive system
  • 24-hour pH study, which measures how much stomach acid is flowing into your esophagus and helps us assess conditions like severe heartburn and acid reflux

Gynecology

Our specialists offer reproductive health care services for women Veterans, including contraception, pregnancy care and fertility treatment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our gynecologists focus on the female reproductive system and provide services that include:

  • Mammograms for breast cancer, screenings for sexually transmitted disease, and Pap tests for cervical cancer
  • Counseling and treatment for contraception, pregnancy, and infertility
  • Osteoporosis screening for brittle bones
  • Exams for abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, or various cancers
  • Primary care checkups

HIV/hepatitis care

Common conditions: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A/B/C

If you have a diagnosis of HIV or hepatitis A, B or C, we can provide you with the latest treatment methods and support. We also offer prevention education and testing for these infectious diseases.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

If you and your family are living with HIV or hepatitis, our dedicated professionals can provide compassionate care and counseling. Our confidential services include:

  • Hepatitis C screening
  • HIV testing and treatment
  • Medication (PEP) taken after potential exposure to HIV
  • Specialty care referrals
  • One-to-one patient education

Hematology/oncology

If you have a diagnosis of anemia, lymphoma, leukemia or another blood cancer or disorder, we support you with expert care and treatment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We offer a range of hematology and oncology services. You can arrange appointments and consultation through your primary care provider. Our hematology and oncology services include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood and platelet transfusions
  • Mediport flushes to clean and maintain the small medical appliance inserted under your skin, making it easier to inject drugs and draw blood
  • Evaluation and treatment of blood disorders and cancer
  • Dedicated outpatient infusion center, working closely with radiation oncology, interventional radiology, general surgery, diagnostics, palliative care, and social services
  • Bone marrow biopsies, to see whether your bone tissue is healthy and making a normal number of blood cells

Homeless Veteran care

If you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we can help. We offer many programs and services, including free health care. And we can help you connect with resources in your community.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship, unemployment, addiction, depression, or transition from jail. Contact one of our care coordinators to get help with:

 

  • Immediate food and shelter needs, including both transitional and permanent housing
  • Job training, life skills development, and education
  • Justice system navigation and community reentry from jail
  • Financial support to prevent homelessness
  • Addiction and depression treatment
  • Health and dental care

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Infectious disease

We evaluate and treat Veterans with infections including hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We test for, evaluate, and treat many infectious diseases. We offer:

  • Testing and screening for hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases
  • Prevention strategies and treatment
  • Compassionate care and counseling for people who are living with infectious diseases

LGBTQ+ Veteran care

If you're a Veteran who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or a related identity, we’re committed to serving your needs. The LGBTQ+ Veteran care coordinator at your VA health care facility can help you get the care you need in a safe, sensitive environment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We promote the health, welfare, and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) Veterans and their families. We focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment when providing you with sensitive and high-quality health care services like:

 

  • Hormone therapy
  • Substance use and alcohol treatment
  • Testing and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI)
  • Mental health care
  • Psychosocial assessments for gender-confirming surgeries and hormone therapy

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Mental health care

Common conditions: addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD

If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. All VA health care facilities offer same-day help. You may qualify even without enrolling in VA health care.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Mental health care

Behavioral health

Atlanta VA Healthcare System provides support for a variety of mental health conditions and other concerns such as anxiety, depression, substance use, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 

If you’re experiencing any of these or have other mental health needs, we offer counseling and other support. All VA health care facilities offer same day help for Veterans expressing a mental health needed.   

Available at these locations

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Atlanta VA Clinic
  • Blairsville VA Clinic
  • Covington VA Clinic
  • Fort McPherson VA Clinic
  • Gwinnett County VA Clinic
  • Henderson Mill VA Clinic
  • Lawrenceville VA Clinic
  • Newnan VA Clinic
  • Northeast Cobb VA Clinic
  • Oakwood VA Clinic
  • Pickens County VA Clinic
  • Rome VA Clinic
  • South Cobb VA Clinic
  • South Fulton VA Clinic
  • Stockbridge VA Clinic
  • West Cobb VA Clinic
  • Trinka Davis Veterans Village

 

Care we provide at Atlanta VA

We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a range of issues that may impact your mental health or emotional wellbeing. Our confidential outpatient services include psychiatric care and medication management, as well as group and individual therapy.  Contact us to explore treatment options suited to your unique needs.

In-person and virtual services are available.

Connect with the Atlanta VA Mental Health team to learn more:

Mental Health Line 404-321-6111 extension 206026

You may also contact your Primary Care provider and ask to be connected with a Behavioral Health provider within your Primary Care team.

 

 

Minority Veteran care

We offer resources and support for minority Veterans to help address your specific needs with benefits and services at VA.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

If you’re a minority Veteran, we can help you get the services and benefits you need. Our Minority Veterans Program serves all Veterans who are Black American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American (including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Island Americans). We work to:

 

  • Help the medical center address minority Veterans’ needs
  • Meet minority Veterans’ needs in the local community
  • Identify barriers and create a more accessible environment for minority Veterans
  • Inform minority Veterans of VA benefits, services, and programs

Learn more and connect with a care coordinator

Nephrology

Common conditions: Dialysis, kidney disease, high blood pressure, hypertension

Our specialists offer you advanced care for kidney-related diseases like chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure and fluid and electrolyte problems. We also provide dialysis and related support.  

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our team of kidney doctors (nephrologists) actively manage all aspects of adult kidney disease, kidney and bladder stones, renal hypertension (high blood pressure caused by kidney disease), and mineral and bone disorders. We provide inpatient and outpatient services, like:

  • Dialysis preparation and referral
  • Home patient monitoring
  • Kidney transplant evaluation
  • Kidney disease education

Nutrition, food, and dietary care

Our nutrition experts work closely with you and your care team to help make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need to get and stay as healthy as possible.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our registered dietitians can help you maintain or improve your health with good nutrition tailored to your needs. Through group, individual, and telehealth sessions, we provide nutrition education and counseling in areas such as:

  • Cardiovascular and heart health
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes (including gestational diabetes)
  • Eating disorders and digestive health
  • Pregnancy and postpartum nutrition
  • Weight management

Ophthalmology

Common conditions: cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease

Our ophthalmology specialists diagnose and provide medical and surgical care for conditions that affect your eyes—like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. 

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Ophthalmology

770-496-4200

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? Yes

Walk-ins accepted? Yes

Schedule an appointment online

We offer comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for eye-related illnesses, injuries, and other issues. Our ophthalmology services include:

  • Medical care for glaucoma, eye infections, and other conditions
  • Surgery for cataracts, traumatic eye injuries, and other problems
  • Treatment for eye conditions related to illnesses like diabetes or arthritis
  • Plastic surgery to repair droopy eyelids, clear blocked tear ducts, and perform eyelid and facial reconstruction (oculoplastics)

Orthopedics

Common conditions: arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, tendon and ligament repair, joint replacement

Our orthopedists offer advanced care and treatment for issues related to muscles, bones and joints, including arthritis, disorders of the muscles and bones, tendon and ligament repair and joint replacement.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We use surgical and nonsurgical means to treat illnesses and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. We treat conditions like:

  • Musculoskeletal trauma
  • Degenerative illnesses
  • Sports injuries

Otolaryngology

Common conditions: balance issues, sinusitis, difficulty swallowing, obstructive sleep apnea, head and neck tumors

We provide a full range of care for Veterans who have problems that affect their ears, sinuses, adenoids, tonsils and thyroid.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, like:

  • Nasal and sinus problems
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Throat, lymph node, thyroid, and parathyroid tumors and other conditions
  • Voice and swallowing disorders

Palliative and hospice care

Palliative care focuses on comfort, quality of life and reducing suffering. Hospice care is a type of palliative care offered to patients with life-threatening illness under certain conditions.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our palliative and hospice care services support you and your family as you cope with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Palliative care works to provide comfort, reduce suffering, and improve the quality of life for patients being treated for serious illnesses. Hospice care focuses on helping patients with terminal illnesses to manage the final stages of their lives. Our palliative and hospice care services include:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial support for you and your family
  • Help with practical issues that include an advance directive (living will), health care power of attorney, funeral arrangements, and applying for VA death and burial benefits
  • Education to help you and your family make informed health care decisions and know what to expect as your health declines
  • Bereavement care to help surviving family members during the grieving process

Patient advocates

VA wants to make sure that you get the best possible care. If you need help finding care or getting problems resolved, please contact a patient advocate.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our patient advocates work hard to make sure you receive the best possible care at our health care facilities. They can:

 

  • Help you get answers or address concerns with your care team
  • Advocate for patient and family rights
  • Serve as advocates for minority Veterans, women Veterans, and Veterans with disabilities
  • Offer specialized help to former prisoners of war and Veterans transitioning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND)

Learn more and connect with a patient advocate

Pharmacy

Our specialists provide a full range of services to help you get and understand your prescription medicines and supplies. You can refill VA prescriptions online, by phone or by mail.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our pharmacy provides you and other Veterans with convenient, efficient service to make it easy to get your medications and medical supplies. You can:

 

  • Pick up new prescriptions in person
  • Refill prescriptions online and by phone or mail
  • Safely dispose of medicines

Learn more about our pharmacy

Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Common conditions: pain, stroke, brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries

If you’re living with a traumatic brain injury, amputation or other disability, our specialists offer support to help you improve your independence and quality of life, manage pain and stay healthy.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors and therapists focus on whole-body health. They can help you manage your pain, increase your independence, and improve your quality of life with services like:

  • Personalized therapy for your rehabilitation
  • Medication, stretching, and massage for short-term pain relief
  • Strengthening exercises and movement therapy to increase fitness and prevent future pain
  • Recreation therapy to create coping and social skills
  • Occupational therapy to improve coordination and balance, and help you manage life skills and everyday activities
  • Assessment and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery can restore function and appearance after damage from disease, burns, traumatic injuries, congenital and developmental conditions and other causes.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform surgery to improve body function, or correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, injury, disease, or aging. We also perform cosmetic surgery to create a more normal appearance and improve self-esteem. Our services include:

  • Surgical repair of congenital deformities such as cleft lips and palates
  • Skin cancer surgery to remove malignant moles, lesions, and tumors from your skin
  • Breast reduction and reconstruction surgery
  • Skin grafts to treat burns, injuries, or illnesses, which involves removing skin from one part of your body and grafting it to another
  • Nasal reconstruction surgery to change the shape of your nose

Podiatry

Common conditions: arthritis, bunions, diabetic foot care, foot deformities, skin and nail conditions

Our podiatry specialists evaluate and treat a wide range of injuries, diseases and disorders that affect your feet and ankles—from ingrown toenails to inflammation to diabetic foot ulcers.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

After years of walking, running, marching, jumping, rappelling, and parachuting, many Veterans experience trouble with their feet and ankles. We can help treat those problems so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. Our podiatry services include:

  • Arthritis care for inflamed, swollen, or damaged joints
  • Foot and ankle fracture treatment, repair of cartilage, torn tendons and ligaments
  • Injections to reduce pain and swelling
  • Joint arthroplasty (surgical repair or reconstruction) and replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Foot health maintenance procedures (bunion removal, resurfacing, and nail trimming)

Polytrauma and traumatic brain injury

We provide a thoughtful, wide-ranging approach to treating Veterans who have injuries to multiple body systems caused by a single event.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our specialized rehabilitation program network serves severely injured Veterans and service members who have multiple combat- or civilian-related traumatic injuries. We offer:

  • Physical, visual, and cognitive rehabilitation
  • State-of-the-art prosthetics
  • Psychological and psychosocial services
  • Ongoing case management services

Primary care

Your VA primary care provider will work closely with you to plan for all the care you need to stay healthy and well throughout your life, including immunizations and vaccinations. They will also work with family members or caregivers who support you.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

A strong network of family and internal medicine specialists and services can offer you the best possible care. Internal medicine doctors (internists) prevent, diagnose, and treat adult diseases. Doctors who specialize in family medicine provide primary health care to the entire family. Your primary care team can coordinate the many services you receive such as:

 

  • Labs and blood work
  • Mental health care
  • Womens health care
  • Social services
  • Telehealth

Pulmonary medicine

Common conditions: tuberculosis, respiratory conditions, sleep apnea, sleep problems

Our pulmonary medicine team treats diseases and conditions that affect the lungs and breathing, including asthma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome and sleep apnea.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

If you find it difficult to breathe or sleep, our pulmonary (lung) specialists can help. We offer education, exercises, and treatments like:

  • Oxygen therapy to help you stay active and breathe better
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation to build your strength and increase lung capacity
  • Healthy diets to help you manage your weight and improve energy
  • Strategies to help you increase your feelings of control, optimism, and self-esteem
  • Tests to measure your lung function, lung volume, and blood gas

Radiology

We use imaging to help screen for, diagnose, and treat illness and injury. We provide X-rays and other imaging technologies.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We offer radiology and imaging services to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. Our services include:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography (mammograms)
  • Computer tomography (CT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Registry exams

If you were exposed to toxic chemicals or other hazards during your military service, we offer you a free exam. This exam helps you identify potential health risks and helps us monitor issues so we can better serve you.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

This free, voluntary, and comprehensive health exam involves an exposure and medical history, laboratory tests, and a physical exam. We will discuss your results in a face-to-face meeting and follow up with a letter. The registry evaluation, which does not verify exposure, is separate from VA’s disability compensation process. You may be eligible to participate in one or more of these health registries if you served during these time periods:

  • Ionizing radiation (1940s to 1960s)
  • Agent Orange (1960s and 1970s)
  • Airborne hazards and open burn pit (1990s to present)
  • Gulf War (1990s to present)
  • Depleted uranium (DU) (1990s to present)
  • Toxic embedded fragments/shrapnel (2000s to present)

Learn more about VA Health Registry

Returning service member care

If you’re returning from military service, we can help you readjust to civilian life and get started with VA health care. We can also help connect you with programs like mental health services and education and career counseling.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We can help you readjust to civilian life if you’re returning from military service, on active duty, or an activated National Guard or Reserve member. Talk to one of our care coordinators about how to best use your health care benefits.

 

  • Polytrauma care (if you have multiple traumatic injuries)
  • Counseling and rehabilitation
  • Mental and behavioral health services
  • Family benefits counseling and assistance
  • Referral assistance

Learn more and connect with a coordinator

Rheumatology

Common conditions: arthritis, Crohn's disease, gout, lupus

Our team cares for and treats Veterans with joint and autoimmune conditions.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our doctors treat inflammation, stiffness, or pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons. Common rheumatic illnesses include:

  • Juvenile idiopathic and infectious arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus, gout, and scleroderma

Sleep medicine

Common conditions: insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, sleepwalking

The sleep medicine service diagnoses and treats your sleep problems, including trouble sleeping, breathing difficulties while sleeping, snoring, teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

At various points in our lives, all of us suffer from a lack of sleep. But, if you are spending enough time in bed and still wake up tired or feel very sleepy during the day, you may have a sleep disorder. We can help. Our sleep specialists can:

  • Diagnose and treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Monitor your blood oxygen levels and heart rate
  • Study your brain waves during sleep
  • Evaluate possible causes for your excessive sleepiness
  • Conduct sleep tests performed at home or in the lab
  • Work with your doctors if you need surgery or dental appliances to help you get a good night’s sleep

Suicide prevention

Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 988 and press 1 for free, private help anytime 24/7. Our local suicide prevention coordinators can also connect you with ongoing counseling and services.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

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Care we provide at Atlanta VA

We work with behavioral health providers and community organizations to help you and your family during times of crisis. We offer:

  • Suicide prevention care coordinators
  • Suicide prevention case managers
  • Gun safety locks
  • Education and Training
  • Outreach and Awareness
  • Postvention treatment services

 

Suicide prevention

If you're a Veteran who is thinking of hurting yourself—or you know a Veteran who’s considering this—we can help. Our Atlanta VA suicide prevention coordinators can get you the support you need. They work with our behavioral health providers and community organizations to assist Veterans who are managing emotional or mental health crises.

How do I talk to someone right now?

Find out how to get support anytime day or night. 

If you're a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime day or night:

You can also:

  • Call 911.
  • Go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Go directly to your nearest VA medical center. It doesn't matter what your discharge status is or if you're enrolled in VA health care.
    Find your nearest VA medical center

Connect with a care coordinator

Our suicide prevention coordinators can help you get ongoing support, like counseling and other services. Coordinators are available during regular business hours.

Deritha Barber

Suicide Prevention Program Manager

VA Atlanta health care

Phone: 404-521-6262

Surgery

If you are having surgery, we make sure that your procedure and follow-up care are safe and high-quality.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We provide a wide range of surgical services, like:

  • General surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiac surgery (heart and major blood vessels)
  • Neurosurgery (brain, spinal column, and nerves)
  • Orthopedic surgery (bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons)
  • Organ and tissue transplants

Telehealth

With VA telehealth, you can get care from your health providers without having to travel. Get checkups and treatment, talk about your care and more—from home or elsewhere.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We use the latest in secure digital technology to set up remote visits with our health care providers. We offer video conferencing, home telehealth services, and store-and-forward telehealth that lets you securely send your health information to experts at VA facilities. We offer telehealth visits with providers in:

  • Mental health
  • Retinal care (eye)
  • Bariatric surgery (visit remotely with your weight-loss surgery team before and after your operation)
  • Dermatology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Primary care

Learn more about telehealth

Thoracic surgery

Common conditions: esophageal and lung conditions, lung cancer, mesothelioma

We perform chest surgery (also known as thoracic surgery) to treats conditions involving your chest, airway and esophagus.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our thoracic surgeons provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies that focus on your lungs and other organs of the chest. Many of our thoracic treatments also address problems with your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach), your trachea (airway), and your chest wall (rib cage and breastbone). We treat a variety of conditions that include:

  • Lung cancer and cancer of the esophagus
  • Benign chest and lung tumors
  • Pleural illnesses, like pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and infections of the pleura (the thin membrane that lines the chest wall and covers the lungs)
  • Achalasia, which occurs when nerve damage prevents your esophagus from pushing food into your stomach)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into your esophagus and irritates the lining
  • Diseases of the thymus, a small organ beneath your breastbone that produces cells that support your immune system and fight cancer

Urology

Common conditions: prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, urinary disorders

We offer understanding and advanced care and treatment to Veterans with conditions that affect the male urinary and reproductive systems and the female urinary system. 

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of urology diseases and conditions that include kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, and more. We provide you with medical care, surgery, and minimally invasive procedures for health issues that affect:

  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Ureter and urethra
  • Male reproductive organs

Vascular surgery

Common conditions: vascular conditions, varicose veins

Our expert team diagnoses and treats diseases and conditions that affect arteries, veins and blood circulation.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our vascular surgeons treat illnesses of your arteries and veins. Our surgeons can treat these problems with medication and exercise. Vascular illness causes include:

  • Arteriosclerosis and/or atherosclerosis (caused by the buildup of plaque in your arteries that restricts blood flow to your organs and tissues)
  • Aortic aneurysm and aortic valve disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis and blockage by a blood clot or fatty deposit
  • Varicose veins
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of your blood vessels)
  • Varicose veins
  • Trauma or injury

Vocational rehabilitation and employment programs

We can help you reach your job and career goals with one-on-one support, counseling, and training.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

We help Veterans with physical and mental health challenges find and keep jobs. We help you find jobs through our long-term partnerships with business, industry, and government agencies. We offer 3 services:

  • Our transitional work program matches Veteran’s skills with a specific job and provides supervision to help them gain work experience
  • Our supported employment program provides long-term support for Veterans with serious mental illnesses or physical disabilities to help them compete for jobs in their communities
  • Our vocational assistance program trains Veterans living at our residential facility to improve their job-search and career development skills

Learn more about VA vocational rehabilitation

Whole health

Whole health puts you at the center of care, rather than your illnesses or conditions. We work with you to develop a personalized health plan based on your values, needs, and goals.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our whole health approach empowers and equips you to take charge of your health, well-being, and quality of life. Whole health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities, and focuses instead on your values, goals, and overall health. It includes self-care and complementary therapies along with conventional medical care. Our whole health program includes:

  • Acupuncture to help you manage pain without drugs
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Yoga, tai chi, and qi gong classes
  • Massage and manual therapy

Learn more about VA whole health

Women Veteran care

Common conditions: women's primary care, mental health, obstetrics and gynecology, pap smear, mammogram

We offer women’s health services to meet your specific needs such as disease screenings, mental health treatment, recovery from military sexual trauma, maternity care and female-specific medical equipment.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 24/7
  • Tue. 24/7
  • Wed. 24/7
  • Thu. 24/7
  • Fri. 24/7
  • Sat. 24/7
  • Sun. 24/7

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? No

Walk-ins accepted? No

Our women's health program offers complete health care for women Veterans of all ages. Our primary care providers specialize in women’s health. They work closely with specialists in gynecology, obstetrics, female urology, oncology, medicine, radiology, surgery, and breast illness. Our services for women Veterans include:

 

  • Ultrasounds, mammograms, Pap and HPV tests
  • Mental health care and counseling
  • Lifestyle wellness services
  • Menopause treatment, including hormonal therapy
  • Family planning, contraceptive care, and infertility evaluation

Learn more and connect with a Women Veterans Program Manager

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