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Richmond VA Medical Center

Facility Overview and Status | Facility Accomplishments | Ongoing Initiatives 

The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (Richmond VAMC) consists of one medical center located in Richmond, Virginia and three Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Emporia Virginia. The Richmond, Virginia community has an estimated population of 200,000 Veterans in 52 cities and counties covering 22,515 square miles of central and southern Virginia and areas of northern North Carolina.  The majority of the medical center's patients live in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area or within a 100-mile radius.

The Richmond VAMC is a 427 operating bed medical center that offers primary, secondary, and tertiary diagnostic and therapeutic health services in medicine, surgery, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, intermediate care, acute and sustaining spinal cord injury, skilled nursing home care, and palliative care to a primarily adult and geriatric population.  In addition, the center has a comprehensive dental program offering a full array of services.  Primary and secondary levels of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care are provided along with a substance abuse rehabilitation program.  Chronic and long-term service-connected psychiatry patients are referred to the VA medical center in Salem, Virginia.  Chronic and long-term spinal cord injury patients are referred to the VA medical center in Hampton, Virginia.  The medical center serves as one of VHA’s four Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers.  Recently, the medical center received distinction as an Epilepsy Center of Excellence.

The Richmond VAMC offers a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services including a dialysis unit, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac catheterization, mammography, radiation therapy, electrophysiology, photophoresis and lithotripsy.  The medical center also offers treatment for Veterans with Parkinsons Disease through the Parkinsons Disease Research Education and Clinical Care Center (PADRECC).

Richmond VAMC is considered a "geographic partner" with the Hampton VAMC in Hampton, Virginia, approximately 70 miles to the east of Richmond VAMC.  Richmond VAMC serves as an evacuation location for Hampton VAMC during hurricane season due to Hampton’s location on a major body of water.  The most recent evacuation to Richmond was September 2011. 

The medical center also acts as a tertiary care referral center for subspecialty treatment, open heart surgery, oncology, and vascular diseases.  The Richmond VAMC is a national referral center for heart and liver transplantations and spinal cord injuries and disorders. 

Special Programs

  • Cardiac Transplant Center
  • Polytrauma Rehabilitation / Acute Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • Parkinson's Disease Research, Education & Clinical Care Center (PADRECC)

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Facility Accomplishments (FY11)

Quality of Care Innovations

The medical center is utilizing the DaVinci robot for prostate surgery.  The device allows surgeons to perform a variety of complex procedures.  Transfusion medicine is utilizing an automated blood bank testing system which is not only is faster for typing blood, but the gel technology ensures safety and allows checking by another individual.  Richmond conducts telepathology for VISN 6.

Richmond VAMC was recently selected as one of seven VA facilities in the nation to implement a regional program to treat chronic and complex medical diseases in rural and  medically underserved areas.  This Specialty Care Access Network (SCAN) is an innovative program utilizing telehealth technologies to allow specialists to provide expert advice, education and support to primary care providers and their staff in rural and remote settings. 

The 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games were hosted by Richmond in 2012.  The Games offers 17 sporting events for close to 600 participantsand more than 3,000 volunteers in venues around the city.

The Service member Transitional Advanced Rehabilitation (STAR) Program is a DoD and VHA  short-term transitional vocational rehabilitation program of comprehensive vocational and physical rehabilitation for injured service members and Veterans that will facilitate successful return to militay, federal or civilian employment.

Richmond VA Medical center was recently recognized with the Virginia Senate Productivity and Quality award for the facility's commitment to performance excellence. 

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Ongoing Initiatives 

Research Program

The medical center has a vibrant research program with annual revenues of approximately $6.5 million ($3 million VA and $3.5 million through McGuire Research Institute).  The research program is clinically oriented; 70% of the funding is for direct patient studies.  Seventy investigators conduct over 200 research studies.  Clinical research focus areas include hepatitis C, diabetes and lipid disorders.  Basic research focus areas include molecular oncology, cardiology, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system, and regulation of bile acids and biliary cholesterol.

The Medical Center also participates in the DoD/VA Brain Injury research program.  The polytrauma research protocol entitled, “Epidemiological Study of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Sequelae Caused by Blast Exposure During Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom” was funded by DoD for 5 years beginning in September 2008.  Additional growth has been noted in Rehabilitation Research programs involving Spinal Cord Injury and Polytrauma.  The Richmond research program is fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). 

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Complexity 1A
FY 12 Vet Pop (uniques) 48,287
Staffed Beds  427
Patients Treated (hospital) 7,800
Patients Treated  (nursing home / dom) 226 / 58
FY 12 Outpatient Visits 517,092
FY12 FTEE 2,374
FY 12 Budget $ 407.3 mil
Facility Improvement $ 10.2 mil
FY 12 MCCF $ 28.2 mil
FY12 Research $ 6.5 mil
Affiliate(s) 1
Medical Residents 150


Outpatient Clinics

Charlottesville CBOC, Emporia CBOC, Fredericksburg CBOC


VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Richmond, VA 23249

(804) 675-5000
(800) 784-8381