VA Maine Healthcare System - Togus
The Togus VAMC is a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as a 100-bed Nursing Home consisting of 50 Skilled and Longer Stay beds, and a 50-bed Dementia Unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country, having opened in the fall of 1866, Togus is located approximately four miles east of Augusta, the state capital. The Togus campus encompasses 500+ acres of buildings and natural woodlands serving as natural habitats for some of Maine's wildlife.
The Togus VAMC has served this nation's veterans for 138 years and is the oldest facility in the current Department of Veterans Affairs. A National Cemetery comprised of 5,373 burial sites is also located on campus. The first veteran was buried in the West Cemetery in 1867 and the last burial was in the East Cemetery in 1961.
Health Care Services
The Togus Healthcare System emphasizes primary, specialty and preventive care in an outpatient setting.
Comprehensive Outpatient Care services are provided through a variety of hospital-based clinics and eight (8) Community-Based Outpatient Clinics located in Bangor, Calais, Caribou, Lewiston, Lincoln, Portland, Rumford, and Saco as well as three (3) part-time Access points in Bingham, Fort Kent and Houlton. Wellness and preventive health services include smoking cessation, cardiovascular fitness, preventive cardiology, women's health and special clinics to assist primary providers in managing diabetes, lipids and anticoagulation. Our healthcare system also has a close relationship with the five (5) VET Centers in Maine, located in Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland and Sanford. They provide readjustment counseling to Vietnam and post-Vietnam Era veterans.
Medical services available are comprised of General Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Hematology, Oncology, Chemotherapy, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary Medicine, Rheumatology, Tele-Dermatology, Dialysis, Nephrology, Neurology, Spinal Cord Injury, Sleep Disorders, Home Oxygen Program and a Critical Care Unit. Inpatient and outpatient care services are provided.
Surgical services offered include General Surgery, Thoracic, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Pain Management, Podiatry, Optometry, Gynecology, Anesthesiology, and Audiology Major, minor and ambulatory operative procedures are performed in all surgical specialties.
Psychiatric services include Acute Inpatient, General Psychiatry, Day Hospital Programs for PTSD and Day Treatment Center, MHICM (Mental Health Intensive Case Management), Neuropsychology & Testing, General Psychology, Outpatient Substance Abuse, and Smoking Cessation Program.
Extended Care services are comprised of Geriatrics Primary Care, Geriatric and Geropsychiatric Consultations, Geriatrics Evaluation & Management (GEM) - Inpatient/Outpatient, Special Care Dementia Unit, Nursing Home Beds: Skilled/Rehabilitative/Respite/Palliative Care, Contract NH Program, Homemaker/Home Health Program, Home Based Primary Care and Community Care (Residential Care/Field-based Social Work Outreach).
Dental services consist of General Dentistry including: Restorative, Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery.
Ancillary services include General Radiology, Audiology, Ultrasound, CT Scan, Neuroradiology-noninvasive, General Nuclear Medicine, Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacy, Prosthetics & Sensory Aids, Respiratory Therapy, Nutrition, Visually Impaired Services Team, and a Women Veterans Program.
Specialized Treatment Specialty services such as Radiation Therapy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are provided to Maine veterans via contractual agreements with our community partners in the veterans' local communities.
VA Maine Healthcare System is affiliated with Maine Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center and the University of New England College of Medicine for the provision of graduate medical education. Medical students, residents and fellows participate in rotations through the facility as they enhance their understanding of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Dentistry. VA Maine also provides associated health training for nurses, psychologists, optometrists, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, physician assistants and nurse practitioners through a variety of affiliations with University of Maine School of Nursing, University of Southern Maine, New England College of Optometry, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Husson University School of Pharmacy and many others.
167 Authorized/Operating Beds: 67 - Medical/Surgical/Mental Health and 100 - Nursing Home
Type of Facility
General Medical, Surgical, Psychiatric and Geriatric-Extended Care Services
Outpatient Chemical Dependence Recovery Program
Day Hospital Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program
Day Treatment Program
Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)
Spinal Cord Injury Clinic
Visual Impairment Services
Nursing Home Care Unit
Home Health Services
Home Based Primary Care
Veterans Service Center provides benefits, information and services to veterans and their families. These services include compensation, pension and education application processing, vocational rehabilitation and counseling, and information about home loans and death benefits.