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VA Capitol Health Care Network


About VISN 5


About VISN 5 

The VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) was established in October 1995, and serves Veterans from economically and demographically diverse areas within Maryland, the District of Columbia, and portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The network includes VA medical centers located in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, and Martinsburg, WV; Washington, DC; and Maryland.  The VA Maryland Health Care System is comprised of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the Perry Point VA Medical Center, and Loch Raven VA Medical Center, which includes the Baltimore Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. In addition, the network also includes 25 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Braxton County, WV; Cambridge, MD; Charlotte Hall, MD; Charleston, VW; Cumberland, MD; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Meade, MD; Franklin, WV; Frederick, MD; Gallipolis, OH; Glen Burnie, MD; Hagerstown, MD; Greenbrier, WV; Harrisonburg, VA; Lenore, WV; Monongalia County, WV; Pocomoke City, MD; Petersburg, WV; Prestonburg, KY; Princeton, WV; Suitland, MD; Tucker County, WV; Washington, DC; Winchester, VA; and Wood County, WV.

The region's Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are health care facilities that enable the VA to make care more accessible in areas where many Veterans live, or in remote areas where other health care services are not available. Our outpatient clinics offer Veterans coordination of care by a primary care provider, physical examinations, general outpatient medical care, mental health screenings, women’s health, telehealth, and preventive health and education services. The estimated Veteran population in our geographic service area is 765,000 Veterans, and during fiscal year 2017, we provided care to over 182,000 individual Veterans who had 2,615,000 appointments.

All VISN 5 staff are committed to providing safe, high-quality clinical care to Veterans, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Through the dedicated efforts of our staff, the VISN had six of its clinical programs recognized by the Veterans Health Administration as "VA Clinical Programs of Excellence." These are:

  • The "Seriously Mentally III Program" (a Network-wide initiative) 
  • The "Health Care for the Homeless Program" (Washington DC VA Medical Center) 
  • The "Home Based Primary Care Program" (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Epilepsy Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System) 
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Excellence (VA Maryland Health Care System)

VISN 5 has one of two centers for the study of war-related illnesses, the War-Related Illness and Injury Center, located at the Washington DC VAMC.

VISN 5 also has a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and a Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) located at the VA Maryland Health Care System.

Each of these programs serve as national models for Veterans' health care.