NC Veteran Facilities

Overview of Veteran Facilities in North Carolina
There are four veteran hospitals in North Carolina located in Durham, Fayetteville, Salisbury, and Asheville.  In addition the VISN includes three hospitals in Virginia, located in Hampton, Richmond, and Salem and one hospital in Beckley WVA.  The hospital in Durham has an afiliation with Duke and the hospital in Richmond is affiliated with the Unversity of Virginia Medical School.

In addition to the VA hospitals located in North Carolina, there are several Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC).  These are comparable to a physician's office.  They have been in existence only a few years and are relatively new to the VA system.  At present, the locations are Morehead City, Greenville, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, two in Hickory and in Franklin.  Those in Morehead, Greenville and Raleigh are under the umbrella of the VA hospital in Durham.

There is a further transtition that is taking place within some of the larger metropolitan areas with large Veteran population.  Rather than just have a CBOC, a doctors office, the VA is building larger facilities that als do allow for MRI's, some speciality clinics -- eye, Mental Health, ortho, etc. -- as well as other outpatient supports that do not force the Veteran tro travel back to the VA hospital itself.  Charlotte and Winston-Salem current have these larger facilities.

The Future
The next stage in the transition is what many of us have begun to refer to as the "Super Clinic".  This will be very large facilities, 300,000 square feet and will actually have the capacity to support day surgery as well as all of the other clinical supports of lab, ekg, echo, mri, mammograms, speciality clinics, etc., etc., etc.

Legislation was passed several years ago, that offered any OEF/OIF Veteran eligibility for medical care for 5 years even if they had no service connected disabilities.  Each hospital has developed a special team of medical doctors, mental health doctors. social workers, and case manager that work with this group of Veterans to ensure their medical and mental health needs are met.  Of course no system is perfect andif the Veteran does not go and register, then potentially they are giving up a valuable resource.  If an OEF/OIF Vet has severe injuries then they have the full benefit of the team to direct them through whatever transition issues they may have to overcome.

Recent Changes
Over the past 12-14 years, home health services and community based services have been a major endeavor of the VA.  There has also been a real push at the national level to create adult day health programs for veterans but this has not necessarily been recognized at the local level of VA efforts.  The VA is also developing and having good success with tele-monitoring program to assist veeterns with a whole host of medical concerns.  This seems to be working well nationwide and the possibilities may not yet have been fully tapped.

Finaly, just realize that a major thrust right now is on Outreach, women and rural issues.

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, please remember our Veterans who volunteered for the Military in order that we have the Freedoms we enjoy every day.