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Veterans Health Administration


About VHA

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program.

Where is the Nearest Medical Center or other Health Care Facility?

Use the Facility Locator to find the VA medical facility that will best meet your health care needs using a variety of search methods including using your ZIP code.

Common Medical Center Services

VHA Medical Centers provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

In addition, most of our medical centers offer additional medical and surgical specialty services including audiology & speech pathology, dermatology, dental, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, podiatry, prosthetics, urology, and vision care. Some medical centers also offer advanced services such as organ transplants and plastic surgery.

Patient Advocates

Available at every medical center, Patient Advocates are highly trained professionals who can help resolve your concerns about any aspect of your health care experience, particularly those concerns that cannot be resolved at the point of care. Patient Advocates listen to any questions, problems, or special needs you have and refer your concerns to the appropriate Medical Center staff for resolution.

Select Publications

VHA 2021 Key Accomplishments

20 Reasons Doctors Like Working for VHA

VHA Long-Range Plan FY2022-2025

VHA Long-Range Plan

VHA Long-Range Plan Framework

VHA Mission

Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

VHA Vision

VA will lead the future in delivering unparalleled health and well-being to our nation’s Veterans, and to the nation.

VHA Leadership

The Under Secretary for Health directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $68 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VA, the nation's largest health care system, employs more than 371,000 health care professionals and support staff at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics).

VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 25,000 active volunteers, 113,000 health professions trainees, and nearly 16,000 affiliated medical faculty are also an integral part of the VHA community.

VHA Offices and Programs

A number of offices and programs support VHA.

VA National Standards of Practice

VA recently affirmed its right under the U.S. Constitution to allow VA health care professionals to operate in every State and to establish national standards of practice. To that end, VA leadership, the Veterans Health Administration and VHA program offices are working to develop these national standards of practice. The VA national standards of practice will be a standardized set of services that all health care professionals in a given occupation can perform if their facility performs such services and they have the proper education, training and skill.

Visit the national standards of practice website for more information and updates:

Our Providers

The "Our Providers" online directory lists the primary licensed independent practice providers who may be a lead, ongoing member of your treatment team at the respective VA medical center. Providers in the following occupations are listed on this website: physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, chiropractors, certified registered nurse anesthetists, optometrists, podiatrists, and psychologists.

By using this tool, you will be able to do a search of providers in the occupations listed above based upon your preferences and needs. For each provider, you will see the following: full name; gender; clinical product line to which they are "assigned"; where they received their medical training; and the school from which they received their medical degree. This information will be "refreshed" on a monthly basis. There may be staff who have been hired or who have departed the medical center since the last refresh of information.

For additional information on physicians, we also encourage you to use the "DocInfo" service offered by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) at The FSMB website is updated monthly and is a public website to provide information related to any physician who is licensed in any US state, territory, or district.


* From the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics — and the VHA FY16 Annual Report —