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Richard L. Roudebush VAMC

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1481 W. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: 317-554-0000 Or 317-554-0000

The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (RLRVAMC) is the flagship of the Indiana VA system marketed to patients and caregivers as Veteran Health Indiana (VHI) and is located two miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. VHI has been serving Indiana Veterans since 1932. As Indiana’s Level 1A, tertiary care facility, the RLRVAMC serves as home base for a system of inpatient and outpatient care across central Indiana. Community clinic locations include Bloomington, West Indianapolis, Martinsville, Terre Haute, Columbus, West Lafayette, Shelbyville and Crane. VHI includes a 50-bed homeless domiciliary, and the nation’s only Veteran centric YMCA wellness center made available by the Indianapolis community. VHI receives referrals from Ft. Wayne and Marion, Indiana, and from nearby Danville, Illinois, VA facilities. Inpatient programs include acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, rehabilitation care, as well as primary and specialized outpatient services. Some noteworthy specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, urologic care, radiation oncology treatment and community-based care. VHI enjoys a longstanding, active academic affiliation with over 59 academic institutions including, Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSOM), Marian University, IUPUI School of Nursing, Purdue and more. VHI provides education to over 150 fellows, 775 residents, 832 medical students, 680 nursing students, 48 PA students, 51 pharmacy students and 2500 allied health professionals annually. VHI’s research program operates 245 active research protocols involving human subjects, laboratory animals, and hazardous agents, with a budget of approximately $21 million. The more than 62,000 patients (including nearly 5,000 women Veterans) treated by VHI require 680,000 outpatient visits, 63,000 unique Veterans, 8,600 inpatient admissions, 29,000 emergency visits, and 7,000 surgical procedures annually, with a 94 hospital ADC and 35,400 bed days of care per year. Our Veterans come from communities across Indiana and eastern Illinois.

Medical center programs include acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, utilizing 159 inpatient beds, as well both primary and specialized outpatient services  Some noteworthy specialized services provided in the medical center include

  • Women Veteran Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Radiation/Oncology
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Polytrauma Center
  • Inpatient and Home Hemodialysis Programs
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency Outpatient Treatment
  • Nuclear Medicine Services
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Computerized Tomography/PET/MRI
  • Homeless Outreach Programs
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Prosthetics & Sensory Aids
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Sleep Lab
  • Palliative Care

Veteran Health Indiana operates community clinics in Bloomington, Columbus, Crane, Indianapolis West, Martinsville, Shelbyville, Terre Haute, and West Lafayette.  A Veteran Wellness Center is located inside the nation’s only Veteran-centric YMCA in northwest Indianapolis, and two shared clinics are operated with the Department of Defense.  More than $200 million in community clinic construction is underway in Brownsburg, Terre Haute, and Lafayette with a new clinic planned for Lawrence.  Veteran Health Indiana is a leader in providing convenient care to Veterans and offers a wide variety of specialty appointments through cutting-edge telehealth technology. 

  • One of five U.S. hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety.
  • Activated the nation’s first Veteran's YMCA in Pike Township, Indiana. The YMCA donated 5,000 square foot of its newest facility for dedicated, VA-staffed programming that targets physical medicine, rehabilitation, healthy eating, complementary and alternative therapies, and counseling services. Utilizing the national VA-YMCA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the facility is the trailblazer in putting the MOU to practice and is regularly fielding questions and helping other VAMCs attempting to duplicate its success.
  • Opened new VA clinic in collaboration with local government hospital using low cost agreement to access 5,000 square feet of clinical space at no expense. The new clinic opened on April 6, 2018, providing Primary Care, Mental Health, and Telehealth Services to a previously underserved market.
  • A leader in Lean Management since 2009, the facility has completed 273 health system-wide projects and certified over 1,400 employees as yellow, green, and black belts. Over 4,740 improvement ideas have been generated, staffed, and accomplished from 77 huddle boards and 46 area improvement centers located on inpatient, outpatient, and administrative units. On average, the facility realizes $2 million in cost avoidance and cost savings annually.
  • Activated a newly renovated, 43,000 square foot, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (DRRTP) in Lawrence, Indiana. The 50-bed facility provides all Veterans a private suite that includes a private bedroom and bath, a locked female only unit, and close access to a local community college and commercial areas for work.
  • Named to the Health and Hospital Networks MOST WIRED per the most recent survey for the twelfth year in a row and was listed as one of 20 hospitals across the country listed as MOST WIRED ADVANCED.
  • Current community clinic development initiatives include a new 45,000 square foot clinic for Terre Haute, Indiana, a 78,000-sf clinic in Brownsburg, Indiana, and a 20,000 square foot replacement clinic in Lafayette, Indiana, which will double the amount of current space. All three will activate in FY 2021.
  • VHI’s research program operates 245 active research protocols involving human subjects, laboratory animals, and hazardous agents, with a budget of approximately $21 million.
  • During the pandemic the Community Based Clinics shifted operations to move most staff to the main campus and keep one onsite team at each clinic to provide Veterans who did not want virtual appointments or had urgent needs with face-to-face appointments. Veterans stayed connected with healthcare providers through VA Video Connect and by phone with over 500k phone and 88k video connect appointments from March to June.
  • During the pandemic Veteran Health Indiana (VHI) closely followed CDC and VA guidelines from the beginning. VHI opened a respiratory ED, established a COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic, adjusted clinical space to accommodate High Consequence Infection screening and inpatient overflows and more.


The medical center hosts nearly 300 active research projects that will improve Veteran care related to strengths include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alcoholism, AIDS, lung disease, fungal infection, cancer, stroke, kidney disease, mental health, PTSD, chronic pain, and health services research.

In FY2015, Research Service had VA funding from the VHA Office or Research and Development (ORD) that supported:

Health Services Research & Development (HSRD):

The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center is been named a Center of Innovation (COIN) for VA Health Services Research and Development.  This funded five year grant provides core funding to support the Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC). The CHIC has two main areas of focus: advancing the use of health information technology as a management tool that connects systems to people and developing interpersonal approaches to improve patient safety and outcomes via enhanced information exchange during handoffs and transitions of care.

Million Veteran Program (MVP):

Active local site in the Million Veteran Program (MVP) with over 10,000 subjects enrolled since the launch date of 11/2011. Indianapolis VA Medical Center is one of the top recruiting stations of all sites engaged in the MVP program.