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At the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans and their families every day.

About the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Memorial Medical Center

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center's mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health are that improves their health and well-being.  We are honored to serve those who have already served and are proud to have many staff members who are Veterans themselves.

Health care and services

We provide Veterans with health care services at 7 locations in southwestern Washington, northeastern Oregon, and western Idaho. Facilities include the main Walla Walla, WA campus and 4 community-based outpatient clinics and 2 telehealth clinics located in Yakima and Richland, Washington; La Grande and Boardman, Oregon; and Lewiston, Idaho. To learn more about the services each location offers, visit the VA Walla Walla health services page.

The Jonathan M. Wainwright VA is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the VA Northwest Health Network. We’re an innovative care center within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 20 (VISN 20), which includes medical centers and clinics in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 

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Fast facts

  • The Jonathan M. Wainwright VA (formerly Walla Walla VA Medical Center) offers primary and specialty health care services to Veterans every year in our 36,000-square-mile service area, which spans 16 counties in 3 states. 
  • Originally part of Fort Walla Walla, which dates back to the early 1800s, a portion of the fort's land was transferred to the then U.S.  Veterans Bureau in 1921 for a hospital. The first 2 patients were accepted on May 10, 1922 and was primarily a tuberculosis facility in the early days.

  • November 11, 1996, Walla Walla VA Medical Center was renamed for Jonathan M. Wainwright IV, a 4-star Army general who was actually born at Fort Walla Walla in 1883.
  • During World War II, Wainwright commanded U.S. troops in the Philippines and ultimately surrendered himself and his troops May 8, 1942 to the Japanese.  A survivor of the Bataan Death March, he was liberated from the POW camp August 16, 1945.
  • President Harry Truman presented Wainwright with the Medal of Honor September 10, 1945 for his courage and leadership. A few days later, he was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. 
  • We are committed to practice green environmental standards at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center to help protect the environment.
     

Accreditations and achievements

  • The Joint Commission: Successfully completed a three-year accreditation review from The Joint Commission (TJC) as a result of an unannounced review in December 2021, with numerous positive comments and minimal recommendations for improvement. Full TJC accreditation was effective December 10, 2021.
  • Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities: Successfully completed a three-year accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International based on an unannounced review in January 2021, with positive comments and some recommendations for improvement; accreditation is effective through June 30, 2023.
  • Recipient of the National Center for Patient Safety’s “2018 Silver Cornerstone Award”, a recognition program for achievement of safety leadership throughout VAWW’s organization.