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At VA Palo Alto health care, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans and their families every day.

About VA Palo Alto health care

VA Palo Alto health care is part of VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21), which serves Veterans in northern and central California, Nevada, Hawaii, the Philippines, and U.S. territories in the Pacific Basin. VA Palo Alto consists of 3 inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, in addition to 4 community-based outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Marina, and Fremont, as well as 2 residential homes for Veterans in the Compensated Work Therapy program.

VA Palo Alto health care operates over 600 beds, including 3 nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 unique Veterans. We operate one of the largest integrated health care systems in VA in terms of specialized programs, research, and graduate medical education. VA Palo Alto health care is primarily affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine, with both prestigious educators and medical students providing comprehensive health care including the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. VA Palo Alto health care is also home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma Rehabilitation, Blind Rehabilitation, Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation, as well as Men and Women Trauma Recovery programs.

Our research program is one of the top 3 largest in VHA with annual funding of approximately $69 million. National VHA research centers at VA Palo Alto include Cooperative Studies Program; Health Services Research and Development, Center for Innovation to Implementation, Health Economics Resource Center; Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center; Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center; National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; VHA Performance Evaluation Resource Center; VHA National Center for Collaborative Health Care Innovation; Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, and Public Health National Program Office.

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