VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) provides inpatient and outpatient care to a large geographical area that includes 20 counties in northern Nevada and northeastern California. The Reno campus is the site of the Ioannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center, which operates 64 hospital beds and 60 Community Living Center (CLC) beds. VASNHCS also manages community based outpatient clinics in Auburn and Susanville, CA, and Carson Valley, Lahontan Valley, Fallon, and Winnemucca, NV.
VASNHCS provides a broad array of inpatient and outpatient services in specialty medicine, surgery, primary care, mental health, and geriatrics and extended care. The hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic services, to include MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, as well as interventional cardiac catheterization services.
An important aspect of our services includes Geriatrics and Extended Care. This program includes rehabilitation, skilled care (post-acute), palliative care, respite care, geriatrics evaluation, transitional care, and long-term care. Planning statistics demonstrate a significant growth in our Veteran population aged 65+ through the year 2023.
The Reno Veteran’s Readjustment and Counseling Center serves Veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for Veterans, families, and communities. Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, and providing a key access link between the Veteran and other services in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Reno Vet Center is located at 5580 Mill Street, Ste. 600 in Reno. The Reno Vet Center now has a Mobile Vet Center (MVC) to assist Veterans in the highly rural communities of Northern Nevada and California.
Awards and Recognition
VASNHCS was recently recognized by the Office of Health Equity (OHE) for achieving Leadership Status. Leadership status is granted to those facilities who have met performance standards on four criteria: Patient Non-Discrimination, Equal Visitation, Employment Non-Discrimination, and Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care
The Joint Commission recently awarded the VASNHCS with Top Performer in Key Quality Measures Recognition for 2013. The award was presented in 2014. This is the second time that the VASNHCS has earned this designation.
The Cornerstone Recognition Program enhances the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process and recognizes accomplishments for patient safety at the facility level. The program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) and was established in 2008. VASNHCS has received the Gold Cornerstone Award for 2015.
Achieved Health & Human Service’s Gold Recognition – National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign
VASNHCS was one of only 2 VAMC’s to receive this designation in 2015. The Sierra Donor Network formally recognized the VASNHCS as a Partner in Life for its ongoing Donate Life Flag Raising program.
VASNHCS created a comprehensive Honors Escort program that provides a dignified transfer of deceased Veterans when the pass. The military inspired program provides for a ceremonious transfer of a recently deceased Veteran with an honor guard detail that includes the Veteran’s family. The program has become a best practice in the VA and is being replicated at VA Medical Centers around the country.