VA North Texas Health Care System
About the VA North Texas Health Care System
VA North Texas Health Care System is a progressive health care provider in the heart of Texas that covers 38 counties in Texas and two in southern Oklahoma. Accredited by The Joint Commission, this 1A complexity level facility is the second largest VA health care system in the country, serving more than 123,000 Veterans with 1.4 million outpatient episodes of care in FY 16. With headquarters in Dallas, other facilities are located in Bonham, Fort Worth and Tyler, as well as six community based outpatient clinics.
A team of approximately 5,500 employees, 1,400 community volunteers and annual operating budget of $960 million, strive to provide the right type of care for best possible health outcomes with attention to needs and life goals of Veterans.
VA North Texas provides comprehensive health services through primary, tertiary and long-term care in many areas, including medicine, surgery, mental health and rehabilitation. The 853-bed system includes Spinal Cord Injury Center, Domiciliary and Community Living Center with dedicated hospice and dementia units. A Fisher House on campus at Dallas VA Medical Center provides no-cost temporary lodging in a home-like setting for families of Veterans or active duty military personnel receiving VA care. A Polytrauma Suite provides specialized treatments and therapies for traumatic brain injury and other combat-associated conditions, and a dedicated Mammography Suite provides OB-GYN and imaging services in a private spa-like environment for female Veterans.
The Dallas campus is designated as a Federal Coordinating Center for emergency response and is one of five designated Centers of Innovation by the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. It is also home to the Fisher House which provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of Veterans receiving care.
VA North Texas was the first VA in the Nation with an approved TAVR program - transcatheter aortic valve replacement. VA North Texas was the first VA medical facility and second hospital in the country to successfully deploy v-BLOC therapy, a scientifically advanced weight loss system. Other medical services include Dialysis, Telemetry, Interventional Cardiology and Intensive Care. Mental Health care includes Domiciliary and Electroconvulsive Therapy; Cardiothoracic, Bariatrics and Robotics are among the surgical services available as well as Hospice and Palliative Care, and advanced imaging services.
Identifying the challenge of rural Veterans to receive health care near their home, VA North Texas provides telehealth programs in Mental Health, Dermatology, Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Therapy, Spinal Cord Injury, and Teleretinal. VA North Texas was the first VA in the country to provide a homeless mobile unit that provides both medical and mental health care to Veterans on the streets where they live.
Practicing patient centered care and continuing a journey of cultural transformation, alternative therapies including mindfulness, Tai chi, Qigong, Pet Therapy, Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, and Acupuncture are also available.
Recognizing the importance of educating tomorrow’s clinicians, training and residency programs provide education and experience to more than 2,600 residents, students, and trainees. As a major research center, VA North Texas has more than 95 principal investigators working on 325 projects to advance understanding and treatment of diseases and disabilities affecting Veterans and the general population.
Remarkable gains in clinical performance, access to care, stakeholder relationships, efficiency and quality are evident. VA North Texas has been recognized by the National Center for Patient Safety in 2008 with the bronze Cornerstone Award and gold in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 for outstanding achievement in identifying, analyzing and resolving patient safety issues as well as the Robert W. Carey Excellence Award presented by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2010.
No organization understands health conditions and illness directly related to military service better than VA.
Providing quality, patient centered, health care services to those who have borne the battle is a noble mission, and Veterans who so honorably served this Nation deserve no less.
One Veteran at a time.
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