The Columbia VA Health Care System opened in 1932 at its current location and has since expanded to include seven community-based outpatient clinics located throughout South Carolina. The seven CBOCs are located in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter counties, which serve eight sub-markets and 36 of the state’s 46 counties.
The Columbia VA proudly serves more than 80,800 enrolled veterans with 263,000 veterans within its catchment area. In FY19, the Columbia VA provided more than 1.13 million outpatient visits with an upward trend. The medical center is a level 1C teaching hospital delivering a full range of patient care services utilizing state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. The facility is accredited by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities in the Health Care for Homeless Veteran Program, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Care, the Outpatient Interdisciplinary Pain Program, the Mental Health Intensive Case Management program, and the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists. All surveys and accreditation visits since January 2016 have been successful including the Joint Commission Survey, the CAP Survey and the Unannounced Community Living Center Survey. The medical center has a Molecular Pathology Section that conducts cutting edge technological tests (e.g. polymerase chain reaction (PCR), HCV Genotype, CT/NG, HPV, etc.) to all VA medical facilities across VISN 7. The facility and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine recently opened a new Simulation Center that will be used for current and future professionals.
Veterans Benefits Administration and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine are located on the campus of the Dorn VAMC. There are nearly 50 residency positions between the two institutions. Other affiliations are robust for training of nurses and allied health professions. Similarly, medical center leadership has active relationships with the Department of Defense (DoD), both with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base.