Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-425-4400 Or 315-425-4400
Syracuse VAMC is a 189-bed general medical and surgical referral center including a 16-bed Acute Care Psychiatric Unit, a 46-bed Community Living Center and a 21-bed Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Center. It is a teaching facility affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University and operates Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Massena, Watertown, Auburn, Rome, Oswego, Binghamton, and Tompkins/Cortland in Freeville - serving 13 counties in Central New York. Syracuse VA partners with Vet Centers located in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Watertown. Watertown is located adjacent to Fort Drum, the home of the 10th Mountain Division. Syracuse VAMC leases space on Ft. Drum for Physical Therapy for rural Veterans through a VA/DOD Sharing agreement and it leases space for two facilities located in Syracuse – the Veteran Recovery and Wellness Center and the Behavioral Health Outpatient Center (BHOC). A fourth lease supports the expanded VA Dental Clinic located just one mile from the Syracuse VAMC on Erie Blvd East. In addition to convenient, free parking directly outside the Clinic, VA provides round-trip shuttle service to and from the Syracuse VAMC throughout the day. A $90+ million, 6-floor addition which houses VA’s Spinal Cord Disorder (SCI/D) Center was formally opened on June 14th 2013. Syracuse VAMC is a Level II Polytrauma Center for VISN 2 and an Amputee Center of Care. Other programs of note include a new Compensation and Pension examination suite, a new Women’s Wellness Center and an expanded and redesigned VA Police Operations and Dispatch Center. The Massena CBOC relocated in July 2015, also under a new contract. The new Binghamton 25,000 square foot Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located at 203 Court Street, was officially opened in April 2017. In late December 2018 STGI was awarded the contract for our Cayuga CBOC. A August 2019 opening is anticipated.
Sites of Care
The facility opened in 1953, has since been expanded, and is currently operating and supporting seven additional Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Auburn, Binghamton, Cortland, Ithaca, Massena, Oswego and Rome. Each outpatient clinic provides both complete Primary Care and Mental Health Programs. The VA Behavioral Health Outpatient Center, which also houses the Homeless Program and Vocational/Rehabilitation Programs, is located at 620 Erie Boulevard West in Syracuse. The Syracuse VA Medical Center also has a Community Care Center located in leased space in Syracuse. The Center houses several outpatient mental health programs to include a Community Day Program and Mental health Intensive Case Management Program and Vocational Services.
The Syracuse VA Medical Center is academically affiliated both physically and functionally with the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine. Affiliation and participation include a variety of health sciences programs including dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology, social work and healthcare administration. Morrisville College and BOCES compose our largest volume of Nursing students. Over 750 University residents, interns, and students are trained at the Syracuse VA Medical Center each year. There are also nursing student affiliations with University Hospital and the Crouse School of Nursing; Syracuse University for social workers, audiologists, and speech pathologists; Le Moyne College for physician assistants; Union College in Albany for Pharmacy residents; and several universities across the country for psychology interns. Various sharing agreements exist for which there is collaboration in other areas such as Radiation Therapy, Professional Radiology Services, Sleep Lab, Electron Microscopy, and the Cardiac Catherization Lab.
Operating Beds - 189
Community Living Center (CLC) - 48 Beds
•A $78 million 30-bed construction project for a Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center was opened in 2014. The 6-floor addition includes a therapeutic pool, expansion of the dialysis unit, 8 operating rooms and expansion of outpatient services.
Type of Facility
University-affiliated Tertiary Care
The Syracuse VA Medical Center, a tertiary care facility supporting 13 counties, and located in Central New York, provides acute and comprehensive medical, neurological, surgical, oncology, rehabilitation, geriatrics, extended and or long-term care services, and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient care programs. A state-of-the-art Emergency Department is also on site. In 2005, Syracuse was selected as the VISN 2 preferred site for the Polytrauma Network Site, providing long-term rehabilitative care to veterans and service members who experience severe injuries to the brain, or to more than one organ system. Syracuse also maintains a CARF-accredited inpatient acute rehabilitation unit, an accredited Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab, a driver training program, tele-health capabilities, and a full range of ancillary and clinical resources. Remote tele-psychiatry services are available to the Rome CBOC, as well as to active personnel and dependents from the Fort Drum (10th Mountain Division). Syracuse also houses the recently added Supported Employment Program for veterans with Serious Mental Illness.