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George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Location and contact information


500 Foothill Boulevard
Salt Lake City, UT 84148-0001

Phone numbers

Main phone: 801-582-1565
Mental health clinic: 801-582-1565 x1255

Clinical hours

  • Mon: 24/7
  • Tue: 24/7
  • Wed: 24/7
  • Thu: 24/7
  • Fri: 24/7
  • Sat: 24/7
  • Sun: 24/7
George E. Wahlen VAMC

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Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has wheelchairs available upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

Van services for Veterans

DAV vans

We work with Disabled American Veterans and county Veterans Affairs directors to provide transportation for Veterans and authorized caregivers to get to scheduled medical appointments.

Non-DAV van services

Many localities in the region provide other van services to Veterans.

Learn more about DAV and the other van services available in your county

Beneficiary travel

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport. 

Find out if you qualify for beneficiary travel benefits


Lobby entrance:  24/7

Patient and visitor check-in

All patients and approved visitors must check in at the Main Lobby, Bldg. 16, or Bldg. 590. For your safety and to reduce waiting room congestion, please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. One guest 18 or older can accompany a Veteran for outpatient appointments and procedures. For their own safety, please do not bring children.

Coronavirus update

Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face masks are mandatory. Please contact us first before going to any of our locations. For some needs, you may be able to get care at home by phone or video. Coronavirus vaccines information.

Visiting hours and policies

COVID-19 has forced us to change our inpatient visiting policy for now. We encourage video visits whenever possible, but we understand patients have a need for in-person need for emotional support. One guest 18 or older can accompany a Veteran for outpatient appointments and procedures. Please do not bring children.


Due to safety precautions, no children are allowed on site. There are no child-care services in the medical center or at any community clinic.

Inpatient psychiatry

The inpatient psychiatry unit (3A) has unique needs which have necessitated the establishment of encouraged visiting hours from 6-8 p.m. to support the therapeutic structure and environment of the unit.  The Substance Abuse treatment unit also has unique program therapies which allow for visitation on Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday.  Visitation at alternative times may be arranged with the treatment team if it meets the health care needs of the veteran and the milieu of the unit.

Patients may be visited at the bedside, the unit lounge, the lobby of any patient care building, the Canteen and outside on the grounds.

Flowers for patients are welcome, except in intensive care and oncology units. Gift balloons are also welcome, provided they are mylar. Latex balloons, which can cause allergic reactions, are not permitted anywhere in the hospital.

Patient privacy

To respect and ensure patient privacy and confidentiality, visitors may be asked to leave the room during a treatment or during a discussion with the staff.

Infection control

Visitors who may be ill should wait until their health is better before visiting friends or family at the medical center.


Pets are not allowed in the medical center. Service dogs and animals associated with formal programs sponsoring animal assisted therapy or activities are allowed. The animal must be kept on a short leash. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for the animal. In special patient circumstances the facility director or his or her designee may grant special permission for a personal pet to visit a hospitalized patient. The staff will give guidance as to appropriate locations for the animal to visit.


Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in the medical center itself. Here are some other options.

Visit Salt Lake City

The official tourism and promotion agency for Salt Lake City has up-to-date listings for area hotels, as well as activities, transportation, restaurants, shops and more.  Visit Salt Lake City

Food and drink

Medical Center Canteen

Serving hot and cold entrees, beverages and desserts.

Building 8
Basement floor
Map of Salt Lake City campus
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT

Vending machines

Located around the corner from the retail store, available for your convenience 24 hours a day.


The Retail Store 

A full-service retail store with such products as electronics, cosmetics, toiletries, and clothing. Purchases are tax-free.

Building 8
Basement floor
Map of Salt Lake City campus
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MT
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MT

Veterans have access to patient education services at Salt Lake City:

  • Our Patient Education Center is staffed by an experienced patient education librarian and program specialist. The center contains a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, videos and other materials.

Building 1
Basement floor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT

Building 1
Hours: 24/7


When you’re admitted, you can request or decline visits by a VA chaplain. Our chaplains provide spiritual, pastoral, and emotional care for you and your family, in accordance with your own beliefs and practices. This includes locating clergy or religious leaders in the community for needs that our chaplain staff cannot meet.

Interfaith chapel

The chapel is open to anyone at any time for quiet meditation and reflection. The chapel also hosts regularly scheduled services for many denominations. 

Learn how to request chaplain services during your stay at VA Salt Lake City.

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