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VA Western Colorado Health Care System

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2121 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-242-0731
Fax: 970-985-7801

Located in the beautiful Grand Valley of the Western Slope, the VA Western Colorado Health Care System has 14,500 acitive patients from 18 counties in western Colorado, southeastern Utah and the Southwest corner of Wyoming. There are approximently 42,000 Veterans in the catchment. The VA Western Colorado Health Care System provides primary and secondary care including acute medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatient services as well as a full range of outpatient services. Specialized programs include a Mental Health Care Center, same day surgery, observation beds, mobile MRI imaging. Patients requiring tertiary care are referred to the Salt Lake City VA Health Care System, Utah or the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System at Denver, Colorado. When necessary and appropriate, care is provided locally on a contract or a fee-for-services basis. Through local agreements, the VAMC obtains radiation therapy and other specialized procedures. Scarce medical specialty agreements with community specialists make it possible to offer patients, orthopedics, neurology, ENT, and ophthalmology. In 1999 the VAMC opened a community based outpatient clinic in Montrose, Colorado, located 65 miles southeast of Grand Junction. The clinic serves a surrounding five county area and provides basic preventive, primary medical and mental health care.   The VAMC has since opened a Telehealth outreach clinics in Craig, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado and Moab Utah. 


The VA Western Colorado Health Care System has academic affiliation agreements with colleges and universities in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina and New Mexico. These agreements provide work experience opportunities for students from a wide variety of technical and professional disciplines that include the following:
Social Work
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Recreation Therapy
Dental Hygiene
Radiologic Technology


8 Psychiatry Beds
20 Acute Medicine, Surgery
30 Transitional Care Unit Beds


General Medical & Surgical

Transitional Care Unit
Intensive Care Unit
Ambulatory Surgery
Inpatient Psychiatry Care Unit
Mental Health Intensive Case Management

Community Based Outpatient Clinic for this facility:

Montrose, Colorado

VA Outpatient Clinic
154 Colorado Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 249-7791

Craig, Colorado

VA Outpatient Clinic
1111 West Victory Way, Suite 116
Craig, CO  81625
Phone: (970) 824-9721

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

VA Outpatient Clinic
2425 S Grand Ave., Suite 101
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 945-1007

Moab, Utah

VA Outpatient Clinic
South Main Street
Moab UT, 84532
(435) 719-4144

Achievements of Note
The VA Western Colorado Health Care System is a classic example of the old saying "good things come in small packages."  The Medical Center is blessed with employees and volunteers, who are dedicated to the mission, have an excellent work ethic and take great pride in serving veterans.

The Primary Care Model, now in place throughout the VHA, was conceived and implemented at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System in 1988. Dr. William R. Berryman, former Medical Center Chief of Staff, pioneered the model and is considered THE source of expertise on its applications and benefits. In recognition, Dr. Berryman was the 1998 winner of the prestigious Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence.

The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic was conceived and developed in 1986 by the Medical Center's recreational staff.  The week long annual clinic, co-sponsored by VA and DAV and hosted by the Grand Junction VAMC and VA Rocky Mountain Network, offers disabled veterans opportunities to experience and learn alpine and cross country skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving and various other sports and educational activities. The clinic, now in its 27th year, has touched the lives of thousands of disabled veterans as well as their family members and friends. Through a process of guided self-discovery, participants develop new skills and abilities they never thought possible, allowing them to rise above the limits imposed by their disabilities. The event draws nationwide acclaim and provides VA with very positive media exposure. Thanks to the Winter Sports Clinic, the VA Western Colorado Health Care System is known throughout VA as a national center for adaptive sports.

Results of the cyclical surveys conducted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) stand as testament to this Medical Center's claims of high quality care and dedicated employees. Continuous efforts to provide high quality care once again resulted in full accreditation in 2007. 

The Medical Center conducted its first ever local Creative Arts Festival in 1998. The festival was a huge success and has now become an annual event.

The Medical Center continues to see a growth in demand for health care resources.  It grew 3.9 percent in Fiscal Year 2012.  Most importantly, these "new" users, who for various reasons had not accessed VA care, were provided with the care and service they so richly deserve.